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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…

Well, let’s not pretend that we all haven’t bought some bullshit, junk-filled “protein bar” cause we were either too lazy to make real food, or in a rush, or in a bind. Whatever the case may be, we have all eaten protein bars which claim to be great for losing weight, but when you look at the ingredient label, you are disgusted with the lies. Most protein bars (and we say “protein” extremely loosely!) are filled with sugars or whack oils or other shit carbs that are counterproductive. What the hell is the point?! There isn’t one, dammit! Those companies are out for money and to fool the general public. Yes, yes they are. But then enters Quest Nutrition into our lives. We must all pay homage to this company! 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…

Pre and post-workout nutrition is of the utmost importance to be monitored properly...

Pre and post-workout nutrition is of the utmost importance to be monitored properly…

Gone Liftin’, along with any established and credible soure, always tries to beat it into your heads the importance of proper nutrition – it trumps everything in a healthy lifestyle! Eating clean throughout the day is just one piece of the puzzle, though – But what about around workout time? Is it a free-for-all of clean eating around workout time, same as it is during the day? Yes and no. We want to discuss the importance of proper pre and post-workout nutrition, so that we can optimize our workout time so that our workout time can optimize our body composition and strength goals.

You can find tons and tons of information on what to consume before the gym and after the gym, but we wanted to talk about this article we found from GeneticWar.com, called What to Eat Pre & Post Workout. We MUST know what to put in our bodies before the gym and after the gym – no if’s and’s or but’s! Continue Reading…

Differentiate between the caloric intake of your 3 macros: Protein - Fat - Carbs.

Differentiate between the caloric intake of your 3 macros: Protein – Fat – Carbs.

What exactly are macro-nutrients (also known as macros)? It’s very simple – Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fat

The macro-nutrients are the 3 components of your diet that you should be worried about when dieting, whether cutting or bulking.

Yes, total calories are important, but the macros are what you should be keeping a very close eye on.

If you’ve been in the bodybuilding or athletic fields, you may have heard the term IIFYM. If you have not, it stands for “If It Fits Your Macros“.

IIFYM – If It Fits Your Macros…

You are most likely to hear this when hearing someone else ask about whether or not they should eat a certain food group at a certain time and so on and so forth. The answer is “If It Fits Your Macros!” What this means essentially is that while monitoring your food intake for the day, pay close attention to the amount of macros you have ingested for the day.

If the food you are looking to ingest fits your numbers for your specific goals, then go ahead and eat that shit! For example, if you’re looking to consume 100 grams or less of carbohydrates a day (a low-carb type of diet like paleo), and you’re up to 80 but you want to eat something that contains 15 grams of carbs … looks like that fits your macros! So it’s safe to eat.

Get the idea? Yes? Good! 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…