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April 29, 2010

How the Vegan Lifestyle Affects Muscle Building

vegan-muscleDiet is one of the most important parts of a body builder’s lifestyle, and anyone serious about muscle building will be constantly looking for ways to optimize their nutritional intake in order to get stronger or bigger. What we put into our bodies gets converted into energy and ultimately builds muscle, so it makes sense for a specialized diet to be formulated.

Different foods create different types of energy, for instance complex carbohydrates which carry the kind of calories that get converted into muscle as opposed to fat. Protein is another of the foods carrying energy that gets converted to muscle, but one problem for those on a vegan diet is that protein is found (in abundance) in foods like eggs, milk, red meat and white meat. These are all produced from animals and as a result many people assume that vegans will be unable to build muscle to the same extent as a carnivore and someone who eats milk and eggs.

In reality, this view is completely unfounded. There is no reason why someone can’t body build without eggs, milk and meat, just as long as they gain their protein from other sources. Simply taking protein supplements with a vegan diet may not be enough, as supplements are not always assimilated by the body as effectively as food is (many foods contain other substances that ‘unlock’ the release of protein), so vegans need to find food alternatives.

Luckily for them, this is easy as protein is found in pulses and legumes (e.g. peas, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts and all kinds of beans including kidney, broad, soya, butter and baked beans), grains such as wheat (found in bread and pasta; the whole wheat or ‘brown’ varieties contain the most protein), tofu and seeds (e.g. pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds).

The Food and Nutrition board have confirmed that healthy adults eating these vegan forms of protein throughout the day do not need to increase the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein up to 1.05g/kg as has been suggested in scientific studies. So, in short, the vegan lifestyle does not affect muscle building, or the ability to build muscle, if you are replacing the protein in meat, eggs and milk with vegan friendly alternatives.

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  3. Program on 09.23.2011 at 1:41 am | permalink
  4. I can think of no other sporting event where as much hard work is devoted to preparation for competitions as bodybuilding. Yes, bodybuilding is indeed a sport. The sport of bodybuilding is quite rigorous, as manifest by the amount of training necessary to develop a muscle-man or muscle-woman. It takes an enormous effort to develop a body that is suitable for exhibiting.

  5. Ry on 07.31.2012 at 3:42 am | permalink
  6. No other sport that requires as much hard work and preparation? You must be a fucking moran cause you clearly dont know what youre talkin about. You may try to look like a man, but youll have to pay some due to actually become one, dumbass. As far as getting your lean protein from butter and grains, good luck. Great article, asswhipe. If you wanna see hard work and preparation for competition take a look at training for any martial art e.g. boxing or MMA. This is where you will find real men – no douchebags like yourself. Sticking feathers up your ass does not make you a chicken, fucking asshole. exhibit my ass.

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