Ask Sam Now: September 2017
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Welcome to Sam’s hot sauna! Home of straight talk without the B.S. Open and frank advice on matters ranging from practical to taboo. Topics of discussion include health, fitness, wellness, nutrition, supplements, and sex—so ask Sam now!
Sam, do men really need to loudly grunt when they work out?
Grunting like Kong in an indoor gym, no matter how mighty you are, is not proper etiquette. If you are squaring off in competition with fellow grunters, it may be appropriate.
There’s no hard evidence that says grunting recruits more force during a heavy lift to enhance your ability or strength. In fact, controlled, quieter breathing techniques have been proven to achieve peak force and give the lifter greater stability and results.
There’s a place and time for everything. No talking in the movie theater. No moaning in church. The bedroom...that’s another story...
Sam, I'm trying to get rid of the love handles. How can I lean and sculpt my abs?
Dear Mr. No-Pack,
Time to stop trying and start doing.
1.Time is not on your side (if you really want this). Do something every day–no excuses. Focus on your food and your fitness regimen daily.
2. Cut the C.R.A.P: Carbonated drinks, Refined sugars, Alcohol, Processed foods
3. Workout with greater intention. Increase the challenge and variety. Don’t make sweat an option.
4. Make no mistake about it: if you can’t keep yourself accountable, you can’t achieve any worthwhile personal or professional goals. Hire an expert to get to your goal: nutritionist, dietitian, personal trainer, or coach.
Enough said—start making it happen. Send me the six-pack selfie when you reach success!
Sam, are MCT oils a trend or do they really supercharge you? Should I oil up my java?
Alright, you tell me. Why do YOU think you need it? Are you dragging in the morning? Or is this just a case of FOMO (fear of missing out)?
Experts say MCTs act like carbohydrates because they provide an immediate energy source without raising your blood sugar levels. MCT oils are known to have a thermogenic effect, enhance metabolism, and help with weight loss, digestive, and cognitive abilities. For ketogenic dieters, these oils are at the top of the list.
Truth be told, not everything works for everyone.
Bulletproof coffee is trending (so many recipes out there), so if you do try it, go with organic MCT oils. Maybe you’ll like those oil bubbles floating at the top of your coffee instead of cream. Maybe it’ll be that needed bolt of energy for you. Have no regrets if you try it then return to rocking your coffee with cream—there’s a plethora of healthy, wholesome options out there to explore.
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