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This ain’t your everyday “eat more protein” piece, so get ready to read. Dis gon’ be goooood!

In the olden days, bodybuilders and athletes always made sure to get an X amount of protein each day. Proteins are the building blocks of muscles and they make your muscles get big and strong, which we all want. However, with the advancement of science and technology, just getting an X amount of protein per day is seemingly not enough. Don’t get us wrong, calculating protein requirements based on goals and bodyweight is an absolute must, but certain tweaks and advanced methods need to be applied to stay ahead of the curve.

Certain foods have certain properties – some better than others, and what we want, is to make each individual property of the food we ingest to work for us to make the best out of those nutrients and utilize them to the greatest of efficiencies. And guess what else? Certain proteins can actually alter our internal mechanisms and environment to create body conditions specific to our goals. Be it weight gain, fat loss, or recovery – protein manipulation and utilization covers all those bases! Continue Reading…

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
Casein Protein is a slower digesting protein which is good for absorbing protein to your muscles over a sustained period of time.

Casein Protein is a slower digesting protein which is good for absorbing protein to your muscles over a sustained period of time.

After going through the Top 5 Whey Protein Supplements, we are going to now discuss The 5 Best Casein Protein Supplements. Casein Protein differs from Whey in that is much slower digesting, and releases into your muscles over a sustained period of time. Casein is ideal before bedtime, as protein will be slowly released into your muscles as you sleep and recover.

Casein Protein is great to have on hand in combination with your Whey, as you get the best of both worlds: fast-digesting Whey, and slow-digesting Casein!

Let’s get right to the Gone Liftin’ approved, 5 very best Casein Protein supplements… Continue Reading…

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
Whey Protein is ideal post workout for faster absorption of good quality protein into your muscles.

Whey Protein is ideal post-workout for faster absorption of good quality protein into your muscles.

After reading through our Amino Acid Manifesto Series, including The Protein Manifesto, you should have a pretty good understanding on the importance of protein and amino acids. On top of that, you just might have a hankering for some good quality Whey Protein supplements. Well isn’t it lucky for you that you’re here?! Yea… it is!

Whey Protein is essential to include into any dietary regime that involves gaining lean mass. This fast absorbing protein should be consumed post-workout, and while there are tons and tons of companies putting out Whey supps all the damn time, it is important to know what you’re buying, and stick with reputable brands!

Below, we will run down a list of 5 of the best Gone Liftin’ approved Whey Protein supplements: Continue Reading…

The Protein Manifesto

September 4, 2013 — Leave a comment
This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
Consume all the various  kinds of protein for a optimal muscular development and brain chemistry!

Consume all the various kinds of protein for a optimal muscular development and brain chemistry!

Protein, protein, protein!

As we know, proteins are the building blocks of muscles, and if you work out, then protein is your best friend.

But is any protein suitable for you? Well, yes and no.

There isn’t just one kind of protein – there are many different forms. Some are better than others depending on the situation. We are going to run down the list of different proteins and their benefits, and when and how you should be consuming them.

Proteins come from many different sources – animals, dairy, fish, nuts-grains-and-seeds, legumes, and plants. Even fruits carry some protein. Basically, protein is found in most things.

It is important to know the differences of each protein, and even more important to know how much protein to ingest and when.

By definition, from WikiPedia, PROTEINS are

large biological molecules consisting of one or more chains of amino acids. Proteins perform a vast array of functions within living organisms, including catalyzing metabolic reactions, replicating DNA, responding to stimuli, and transporting molecules from one location to another. Proteins differ from one another primarily in their sequence of amino acids, which is dictated by the nucleotide sequence of their genes, and which usually results in folding of the protein into a specific three-dimensional structure that determines its activity.

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The Amino Acid Manifesto

September 4, 2013 — Leave a comment
This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
Know the amino acids - essential and non-essential.

Know the amino acids – essential and non-essential.

This series of articles is about everything you wanted to know about amino acids, but were afraid to ask.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. There are a total of 22 amino acids.

9 of these amino acids are considered “essential” amino acids, meaning they are essential for proper body function and muscle utilization since the body cannot synthesize them from other compounds.

3 of those 9 essential amino acids are considered BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS, which you can read more about in our article about BCAAs.

Let’s jump right in and list the amino acids for you to have extensive background knowledge on the topic. Continue Reading…

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
The essential and the branched-chain amino acids

The essential and the branched-chain amino acids

Welcome! You made it from the non-essential Amino Acid Manifesto, and we are now going to talk about the amino acids that are essential to human health and function…

This list will cover all the essential amino acids (‘essential’ meaning amino acids which cannot be produced by the body), as well as the branched chain amino acids, which are part of this list.

Again, Gone Liftin’ has an article on Branched Chain Amino Acids, but this will list them again, and try and give some more info about them and their functions. Continue Reading…

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Amino Acid Manifesto
BCAA supplementation will aid in maximizing fat loss and preventing your muscles from breaking down.

BCAA supplementation will aid in maximizing fat loss and preventing your muscles from breaking down.

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which are the building block of muscle.

We’re going to talk about branched chain amino acids – also known as BCAAs. BCAAs are part of the 9 essential amino acids, but these 3 guys metabolize in muscle tissue rather than the liver, so they certainly aid in muscular development quite nicely.

First, let me start off by saying that not only are BCAAs essential to human health, but they are also amazing for muscle growth, and ALSO sparing you from catabolic effects when on a calorie restricted diet, as this article from BodyBuilding.com will tell you.

Dieting down will get you shredded, but it might also shave some size from your biceps. BCAAs can help protect your muscles against the catabolic effects of dieting!

What Are the 3 BCAAs?

Let’s list the BCAAs. First, there is Leucine. Next in line, we have Isoleucine. And last, but certainly not least, we have Valine.

BCAAs kind of fell off in the bodybuilding world, but have recently made a strong resurgence! Continue Reading…