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A Podcast Designed to Bridge the Gap Between Macros, Metabolism, and Functional Medicine. Here we focus on translating complex concepts into leverage for your health, fitness, and nutrition goals with a special emphasis on content for coaches & health professionals. Sam Miller is a best-selling author in the field of nutrition and metabolism has more than 15 years of experience as a health, fitness, and nutrition coach. His programs help coaches and health professionals improve their clients ...
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There's been a lot of controversy around fruit and fructose consumption on social media but what does the research say? In today's episode, we're going to look at a few apple consumption studies to see where the truth lies and the implications from these studies. Topics include: - Will Fruit Make You Fat? - Focusing On Apple Studies In This Episode…
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A recent study showed some surprising statistics when it comes to female vs male physician performance, mortality, readmission rates, and surgical outcomes. What was even more surprising is both males and females may benefit more from having a female physician. Does this mean you should immediately dump your male physician? There's many factors to …
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A concerning amount of studies and data have come out recently to show the presence of micro-plastics in testicles. How big of a deal is this issue? In today's episode, I'm going to breakdown a few recent studies on the topic, explain how to minimize your exposure to these items in question and what to be weary of, and whether or not this is major …
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We've all heard the advice around comparison to others and why, in most cases, it's the thief of joy but there's another type of comparison we need to be aware of as health and nutrition coaches and that is self-comparison. In this episode, I want to explain the psychological concept of the hedonic treadmill and why moving the goalpost further and …
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Depending on your age, you might remember in 2007 Blackberries dominating the cell phone marketplace. Fast forward a few years later, they fell to 0.1% of the market share and the health and nutrition coaching industry is seeing a similar trend. What was once novel with macro coaching and exercise plans is now a commodity and can be accessed on hun…
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Almost every woman has a vendetta against cellulite as 87% - 98% of women have some form of cellulite regardless of body fat percentage. In today's episode, we're going to discuss potential reasons for this including gut health and no, I will not be recommending some quick fix cream. You know I am lifestyle, nutrition, and training focused when it …
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An often overlooked topic when it comes to health and fitness is the area of joint pain and its potential causes and considerations. In today's episode, we'll look at this area from a training perspective, cover Osteoarthritis, potential supplementation avenues, gut health considerations, and more. Topics include: - Joint Pain Issues - Resistance T…
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A popular topic right now in the overall health realm but more specifically the mental health space is the role of trauma and our overall health. How does trauma affect the body and overall health? What are the mechanisms going on as coaches that we should be aware of? We'll dive into specifics around this topic including discuss PTSD, the fight or…
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Is it possible to improve IBS symptoms without going straight to nutrition and following an elimination diet? In this episode, I'm going to explain how that is possible without any drug intervention either. We'll take a look at the role stress plays with IBS, the benefits of CBT and brain interventions, recent studies on the effectiveness of CBT, a…
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If you want a long sustainable career as a coach, investing in skills for your future self is a must. In today's episode, I want to explain what happens to most coaches after they pass their initial certification, get a few clients, then come across a few more advanced client cases that can lead to self doubt and imposter syndrome trying to solve t…
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You've probably heard of GLP-1 agnostics (Ozempic) when it comes to weight loss and weight management but emerging research could point to an additional use for this class of drugs. In today's episode, we're going to look at GLP-1 use for neurodegenerative disease and it's potential treatment effects. I'll also discuss my history around this topic,…
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Two of the most popular and efficacious dieting styles for fat loss and body composition are argued to be the Mediterranean Diet and a high protein diet but is one better than the other? What if we combined the best of each? In today's episode, we're going to examine a recent female focused study looking at the differences between these two dieting…
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A recent poster presentation has sparked some controversy around social media and the implications around intermittent fasting and cardiovascular disease risk. Is there cause for concern? I'll end the suspense: no. In today's episode, I'll explain why these conclusions are highly skeptical, reasons the data shows what it did, who I believe intermit…
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I wanted to bring back a oldie but goodie when it comes to segments on this show and that is overrated or underrated and I wanted to specifically talk about one test in particular and that is A1C. Helping students troubleshoot this blood marker in Metabolism School, there are a few considerations I want you to understand when it comes to this numbe…
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A popular topic over the past few years is the impact of natural and artificial sweeteners on many of our bodily functions and goals and which sweetener is best for our overall health. In today's episode, we'll be looking at a recent 2024 study looking at Stevia specifically and it's surprising impact and results. Topics include: - Artificial Sweet…
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With the increasing popularity of CGM's as consumer products, tracking and awareness around blood sugar regulation has increased tremendously in popularity as well and while it's helpful to understand, it can easily be taken too far. In today's episode, we'll look at the flatline blood glucose myth when it comes to fat loss and whether or not this …
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I am joined by a special guest on today's episode and you'll get to hear her experience within the Functional Nutrition & Metabolism Specialization program. Hannah is now a Mastery student but came to us actually as an assistant coach looking to improve her expertise and became so confident in her abilities, she went off on her own and starting her…
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Does hormonal birth control play role in hindering exercise recovery? In today's episode, we're going to look at a new 2024 study on this very topic with trained individuals which is a big plus. We'll look at the study details, results, and why eliminating hormonal birth control isn't the "overnight success" strategy it may appear to be. Topics inc…
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Something I see a lot in the coaching industry and something I've struggled with as well in the industry is the difference between incremental and exponential growth. We obviously need those daily deposits and I'm a big fan of the compound effect. What about the big picture though? What actions could lead to massive expansion? I'll share this and m…
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After spending nearly 2 decades in this industry being mentored by some of the greats and observing thousands more, I've noticed some common patterns and trends among them. What I see newer coaches do is get these 4 traits I'm about to share with you backwards and I don't want you to be one of them. In today's episode, I'll share the 4 traits, why …
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While several factors go into optimizing muscle growth, one advanced way is tracking certain biomarkers or biometrics and in today's episode, we'll be looking at the top 5 biomarkers you should be looking at if you want to optimize muscle growth for you or your clients. We'd be here for several hours if I went over every single one so we'll cover t…
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Does sleeping with your partner help or hurt when it comes to getting a restorative night's sleep? This topic varies widely depending on who you ask but is there any data or studies that lean one way or another? In today's episode, we'll look at a survey on sleep divorce, discuss attachment style considerations when it comes to co-sleeping, evidenc…
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Is it possible to achieve immorality through anti-aging protocols and spending multiple millions of dollars a year? Should this even be a desirable goal? In today's episode, I want to breakdown what tech billionaire Bryan Johnson is doing to reverse his aging in what he calls the Blueprint protocol, where his last meal ends at 11am, always sleeps a…
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If you've been on Tiktok lately, you might have seen this trend known as "hot girl pills" or "silly girl pills". This trend is glamorizing the use of SSRI's and making it the "cool" thing to do and going so far as demeaning others who aren't taking them. In this episode, I want to breakdown some internal health implications of prolonged use and ada…
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If you've dieted in the past and eventually fell ill at some point, there might be a correlation. In today's episode, we're going to take a look at 3 main considerations when it comes to the effects of dieting on the immune system along with how stress contributes as well. We'll also discuss some specific populations, my personal experience during …
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You're waking up to this podcast on a Monday morning (or whenever you decide to listen) after a less than ideal night's sleep but you told yourself you were going to exercise: should you push through it or take a rest day and try again tomorrow? I want to share with you some considerations when handling this circumstance including auditing your war…
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While having a good body composition and losing fat is important, is there be a more important facet to longevity? The answer is yes and that is building muscle. In today's episode, we'll go beyond weight loss when it comes to longevity and examine the connection between building lean muscle and resilience, muscle mass and morality, and examine a 2…
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Could your gut health be directly impacting your gains and progress in the gym? In today's episode, I'm going to share new research that answers this question with a resounding "yes". We'll discuss gut health and muscle function, a study around elite water polo players, results of the study and implications, and more. Topics include: - Gut Health a…
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With the increased accessibility of at home testing kits become available, it's easy to understand the appeal and convenience but is it worth your money and how accurate are they? In today's episode, we'll take a look at some of the most popular tests on the market right now and share what to look out for, some overlooked tests many forget about, i…
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Do you know if your supplements are truly working? Could it just be the placebo effect? We know individuals take supplements to aid in the pursuit of their goals and I'm a fan of supplementation in the right context for the right person. However, I don't want you throwing your money away on ineffective supplements or not giving them enough time to …
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Even the very best of dietary approaches can be ruined with a few common mistakes and in today's episode, I want to go through some of the most popular dietary approaches today including keto, paleo, vegan, and more and explain why this is the case. Calories still matter in these dietary approaches so it's important for you and your clients to be c…
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While fiber is great for our overall health, motility, and regulating blood sugar among many aspects, too much of a good thing can lead to issues. This begs the question could fiber be making gut issues worse for you or your clients? In today's episode, we're going to discuss the different types of fiber, a world gastroenterology journal study arou…
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How expensive is it to eat a primarily whole food diet in today's economy? Surprising less than you might think compared to the average spending that occurs. In today's episode, I want to investigate the average American's food costs, where they spend money for food by category, and debunk the myth that it's "too" expensive to eat healthy. Topics i…
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Should everyone go gluten free? While 1 in 6 individuals statistically are affected in some way to gluten, would it be a good idea to just cut it out all together for everyone? In today's episode, we'll explore a double blind randomized controlled trial study around this topic, highlight some potential indicators, and more. Topics include: - Should…
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Could this one popular sleep supplement actually be an incredibly underrated tool for women's health and even managing PMS, PCOS, and general infertility? The answer is yes and by the title, today we are going to explore melatonin. We'll take a look at melatonin as a hormone and antioxidant, how melatonin works in the body, how it aids in women's h…
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Most of us know the issues that plastics pose to our health and our environment but to what extent is this an issue in our lives and our client's lives? This topic is becoming more and more alarming and in today's episode, I'm going to share a few studies on why this is the case. We'll also discuss tips on how to reduce your exposure including hydr…
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Much like any other industry (with the hopeful exception of airline pilots) there are great individuals and not so great ones. Physicians are no different and in today's episode, we're going to explore 5 red flags that signal it may be time to find another doctor. From not feeling seen and heard to being trigger happy with the prescription pad, the…
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While I've discussed the importance of EPA and DHA when it comes to our health in previous podcasts, it's important to understand where to optimally obtain these key fatty acids and spoiler alert: many supplemental forms suck. They either lack the proper dosage required to have any notable effect or have oxidation or impurity issues. We'll discuss …
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There's an argument that exists between the reps in reverse crowd vs the technical failure training style crowd of which is superior when it comes to hypertrophy. In today's episode, we are going to look at a brand new February 2024 study looking at both male and female participants, what they found, and how this applies to your or your clients. To…
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A popular topic around women's health is PCOS, insulin resistance, and potential issues this can cause when attempting to lose fat in a dieting phase. Does PCOS directly affect fat and weight loss efforts or is there more to it? I want to share a recent meta-analysis on this topic and what we can learn as coaches or someone in their own transformat…
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While Ozempic is still the hot button topic when it comes to "quick fix" weight loss modalities, gastric bypass surgeries are still occurring frequently and we have some new research that, as a coach, is important to understand. We'll take a look at the research findings, what deficiencies they saw after the surgery, different types of surgeries, a…
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A very interesting article in the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity examined the relationship between hormonal contraceptives, stress, and inflammation. We'll talk about hormonal birth control and it's potential issues, the soical stress test, how to implement this information, and more! Topics include: - Hormonal Birth Control, Stress, and Infla…
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While this episode has the potential to be flagged and taken down, I can't in good conscious not share this research, its findings, and what this means for our society. My chief concern with bringing this information to the forefront is healthy men and boys collapsing at an alarming rate with no conscious as to why. I'll share the study details and…
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A new study that came out in 2023 has some interesting observations when it comes to caffeine and sleep quality I wanted to bring to your attention in today's episode. We will discuss the benefits of caffeine, why our under-recovered society relies on this substance, caffeine half lives and how grapefruit juice and alcohol can impact it, conclusion…
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A diet style around alternate day fasting is rising in popularity in the nutrition space but is it evidence based or is it just another fad diet? In today's episode, we'll examine this trend, when it may or may not be helpful for you and your clients, the downsides of diet switches, and more! Topics include: - Science of Alternate Day Fasting - Coa…
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There are still many individuals out there that believe they can out-exercise certain parts of their nutrition or burn off excess sugar and potential fat gain through exercise alone. If you are a coach or in your own transformation, this is important information to know and share. In this episode, I'm breaking down a 2024 study on sugar-sweetened o…
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If you've been a coach for a decent length of time, you know the value of retention and keeping a client versus always having to acquire more clients every month which feels like a never ending hamster wheel. After 15 years in this industry, I can confidently say I've learned what to do and what not to do when it comes to retention and have helped …
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Are we as a country consuming too much protein? Or is there a potential agenda to recent headlines claiming we are? In today's episode, we're going to look at some recent headlines on protein and why they may not be educating for the purposes of health and longevity but could be taking more of an activist perspective. I'm here to present the facts …
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Who doesn't love a good snack every once and awhile? Frequency being key here as a new study shows individuals are susceptible to potentially consuming a meal's worth of calories when snacking is added up. These hidden calories could explain weight loss plateaus along with digestive and other issues. Listen in as I explain more about the study and …
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Walking into a grocery store, one would think it would be setup and stocked for the health and wellbeing of the customer but sadly, this isn't the case. A grocery store is just like any other business that depends on marketing and their bottom line. Encouraging ultra-processed foods is beneficial for them in many ways and the people behind the make…
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