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    LIVING LEGACY BLOG — amino acids

    Studies Find The Right Way to Gain Lean Mass during 'Cut Diets'

    Studies Find The Right Way to Gain Lean Mass during 'Cut Diets'

    The most popular way for losing weight is following a "cut diet", which basically is a process of restricting calories and carbohydrates during hard physical training periods. The caveat here is that this kind of procedure also poses a high risk for lean tissues, which in consequence will eventually lead to performance limitation.

    What people don't realize is that they will put extra effort on the hard workout to compensate the limitations and they are still loosing lean mass along with fat. And the risk of injuries is real and increased.

    Besides that, the lean mass will help the metabolism to burn extra fat, so you really don't want to lose any lean mass at all! You worked for it, so you wanna keep it! 

    BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids) are one of the most researched and popular strength training supplements for muscle recovery. Studies on BCAAs have been evidenced its properties on helping exercise-induced muscle damage and stimulating muscle protein synthesis (muscle growth).

    This is why BCAAs can especially benefit the body during caloric restriction in combination with heavy resistance training.



    Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are defined by a group of 3 essential amino-acids: leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Essential means that the body doesn’t produce them naturally and they must be ingested through daily nutrition.

    You can do this by eating lean meats, protein rich vegetables (especially if you are vegan) or drinking whey protein which is packed of BCAAs. A large percentage of branched-chain amino acids are found in our skeletal muscle and studies have shown that leucine is responsible for the muscle protein synthesis (muscle growth). That's why BCAAs are “the most widely used supplements among bodybuilders.”



    Heavy workouts can cause a process in your body called "Exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD)" resulting in a temporary decrease in muscle force production, a rise in passive tension and increased muscle soreness, which is basically tearing down of the lean tissue.

    The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition reported that when BCAAs are taking right before, during and after resistance training, the muscle recovery process is accelerated and the muscle function is improved (1)

    Another study published by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning, shows as conclusion that Whey Protein supplementation helps to improve all parameters in terms of lean mass gain over a period of 10 weeks. (2) 



    The caloric restriction combined with intense workout is definitively the most popular way of losing weight among athletes and common people. The difference is that, athletes know about the process of muscle loss during the process and they supplement their nutrition with protein and BCAA to prevent it.

    Calories and essential nutrients restriction can also lead to decreased athletic performance and increased chances of illness (your body resistance drops) and training injuries. If the protein intake is not enough or compatible with your body needs, muscles will be wasted rather than grown.

    So, beware when trying to get fit fast by only working hard. Sometimes working smarter is better than harder!


    (1) https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12970-016-0142-y 
    (2) https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/2011/03001/Effects_of_Resistance_Training_and_Whey_Protein.57.aspx



    How Supplementation with Collagen Can Upgrade Your BJJ

    How Supplementation with Collagen Can Upgrade Your BJJ

    Collagen Protein is a unique in its amino acid structure because of its high amounts of glycine, lysine and proline, which are found in lower amounts in other protein food supplements.

    These particular amino acids are found to generate cell growth faster because the natural ability to produce supporting amounts of connective tissue diminishes after the age of 25.

    Collagen is more easily digested in the hydrolyzed form because of its low molecular weight and is absorbed within 30 minutes.

    "I have noticed a major difference in the health of my joints in particular, since I started taking  Collagen. Sometimes the discomfort I used to feel right after heavy training sessions or tournaments persisted for days. Now the time I need to full recover is much shorter. The best thing is having the Collagen mixed with Whey, so that makes the supplementation easier and cheaper. I don't have to buy 2 different products." - said Wilson Sgai, Jiujitsu Black Belt Master.

    Gracie Whey is the product developed by Gracie Essentials that brings Collagen Peptides in its formula. 

    Gracie Whey hydrolyzed collagen peptides are so-called Type 1 Collagen Peptides and comes from bovine source. This means they are identical to the collagens found in human bones and skin. This patented peptides presents high-purity, natural bioactive product, containing more than 97% protein (on a dry weight basis). 

    Gracie Essentials product contains 18 amino acids, the building blocks of our tissues and the primary component of proteins. Glycine, proline and hydroxyproline represent around 50% of total Collagen amino acid content; the glycine and proline concentration in Gracie Whey is 10 to 20 times higher than in other collagen proteins. As a result this product offers health benefits that cannot be found in other protein sources.

    gracie whey collagen amino profile


    Not only for jiujitsu and MMA fighters, but for sportspeople in general, optimal nutrition is key to achieving an ideal physique, to recovering from training sessions, to boosting performance and staying mobile and injury-free.

    Among the main benefits of Collagen we can highlight these following excerpts from scientific studies: support of connective tissues, joint discomfort reduction and injury prevention (3,4,5) by stimulating local cells to produce more collagen fibers and tissue matrix. Latest science also demonstrated collagen's anti-inflammatory effects (6).

    So, if you want a real upgrade on your roll, think twice on what supplement to use to recover. Gracie Whey will give you the best amino acids profile available in the market, packed with the traditional BCAAs and also the Collagen Peptides unique components. Gracie whey is available in two flavors, Acai (exclusive) and Cocoa. 



    1 TrendsandDevelopmentsinSportsNutrition.Euromonitor,2015

    2 Watanabe-Kamiyama,M.etal.,2010,Absorptionandeffectivenessoforally administered low molecular weight collagen hydrolysate in rats. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58:835-841

    3 Jiang,J.X.etal.,2014,Collagenpeptidesimprovekneeosteoarthritisinelderly women: A 6-month randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Agro Food Industry Hi Tech, 25:19-23

    4 Wienicke,E.,2011,In:PerformanceExplosioninSports–ananti-dopingconcept. Meyer&Meyer Fachverlag und Buchhandel GmbH, ISBN-10:1841263303

    5 Shaw,G.etal.,2016,VitaminC-enrichedgelatinsupplementationbeforeintermittent activity augments collagen synthesis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, doi:10.3945/ajcn.116.138594

    6 Dar,Q.A.etal.,2016,Oralhydrolyzedtype1collageninduceschondroregeneration and inhibits synovial inflammation in murine posttraumatic osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 24:S532–S533

    7 Paddon-Jones,D.etal.,2004,Potentialergogeniceffectsofarginineandcreatine supplementation. The Journal of Nutrition, 134(10):28885-28945

    8 Cermak,N.M.etal.,2012,Proteinsupplementationaugmentstheadaptiveresponseof skeletal muscle to resistance type exercise training: a meta-analysis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96(6):1454-1464. doi:10.3945/ajcn.112.037556

    9 Veldhorst,M.A.etal.,2009,Abreakfastwithalpha-lactalbumin,gelatin,orgelatinTRP lowers energy intake at lunch compared with a breakfast with casein, soy, whey, or whey-GMP. Clinical Nutrition, 28(2):147-155

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