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Lifting stats as of 12/18/11:

5'11", 215lbs, SQ/BP/DL = 435/275/500


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answered Crunches before or after sit-ups?
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comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
+1 for mentioning cell membranes. These are key components in protecting the body from viruses and other cell invaders. This is entirely anecdotal of course, but I introduced a higher level of saturated fat into my diet about 18 months ago and I have had significantly fewer colds in that period than I normally would have, and of lesser severity. My blood cholesterol levels have not skyrocketed, and my doctor is quite happy.
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comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@Barbie just to nitpick on one small piece of your comment, the USDA isn't really a credible source of nutritional advice. Their charter is essentially to drive agricultural revenue, which seems pragmatically to mean moving grain, producing quite a conflict of interest when it comes to dietary recommendations.
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answered When do you recommend using a belt for deadlifts?
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comment What is the difference between protein supplements and branch chain amino acid supplements?
@JoJo That's not necessarily so. I don't believe that it's definitively known (would love to see some research on this, if it exists) that muscle damage is a requirement for growth. Many would claim that muscle damage is a by-product of the exercise that generates the correct hormonal state for muscle growth; in this scenario, damage must be repaired before growth can begin and is therefore detrimental.
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reviewed Approve Push-up Variations
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answered Painful grip on deadlift and lat pulldown
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comment Shoes for Weightlifting
+1 for Vibrams. I love these for squats and deadlifts.
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comment Is 3400 calories a day unreasonable for me?
Agree with @md5sum that we need some more info for specific recommendations, but one thing to consider (and I mean this objectively): are you SURE that you were counting calories correctly? It's very easy to underestimate what you actually eat. What you added up as 1800 calorie may very well have been much more... 1,800 calories to maintain would suggest that you are considerably smaller than the "average" man (I'm inferring your gender from your profile) - is this true?
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comment Is taking a nap before workout good idea?
Drinking the protein before should be fine. Keep in mind that it'll take that hour to digest it; if you drink it after your workout, your body doesn't have access to it right away. For protein (used for repair) it's fine to have it later as repair can take a couple days. But for energy from any source, you need to have it earlier so that it's available when you're working out.
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answered Is taking a nap before workout good idea?