There’s a lot of reasons you need to try a plant-based diet. Aside from providing you all-natural nutrients your body needs, it keeps you away from a lot of diseases, boosts your brain health, eases stress and anxiety, and even helps you maintain a healthy weight. It’s honestly ideal for athletes and bodybuilders.
However, some of the myths of vegetarian bodybuilding, particularly not getting enough protein, keeps people from trying this healthy diet. There’s a lot of things you need to know, really. Stop believing rumours the moment you hear it, and do a bit of research first.
Here’s all you need to know when going on a plant-based diet on Anabolic Minds:
Vegetarianism and the Bodybuilding Lifestyle?
From the beginning, vegetarianism has been the red-headed step child of performance-based nutrition; oft maligned and generally portrayed as inferior to the meat heavy diets which characterize modern bodybuilding. It’s not so much the foods themselves that detractors have a problem with, but rather, the lack of animal products within the diet – the claim being that animal proteins are essential for meeting the nutritional requirements of those engaged in the various strength and physique sports. Read more…
Additionally, here are the top vegetarian myths debunked on Muscle and Fitness:
6 MYTHS OF VEGETARIAN BODYBUILDING
Whether you’ve been a lifelong vegetarian or just recently started phasing meat out of your meals, you’ve probably been confronted with some misconceptions about your diet choices. Society and culture have led us to believe that we need to eat meat in order to grow big and strong.
It’s time to debunk the vegetarian myths that make bodybuilders reluctant to consider adopting a plant-based diet. Read more…
And to make sure you get the nutrients you need on a plant-based diet, The Sports Army shares a few tips:
Tips For Vegetarian Bodybuilders!
If you’re looking to build more muscle mass but enjoy eating a vegetarian style of diet or you’re a strict vegetarian, you may often feel as though you might be defeated before you get going. You hear so much talk about protein being the most important nutrient needed to build muscle that too coming from the animal (Non Veg) sources and one that you should be consuming very large amounts of to achieve success. Read more…
So no, you don’t necessarily need animal meat for protein. There are a lot of protein-rich plants such as broccoli, quinoa, beans, kale, lentils, tempeh, spirulina, almond butter and other leafy greens.
If you’re worrying about whole foods being too expensive, well, it doesn’t have to be. You can buy produce in bulk at the farmers market and they’re much cheaper! Those that are in season cost less, too. Plus, going on a plant-based diet will make you learn how to cook, which will save you bucks because then you don’t have to eat fast foods. You can also cook big batches that you can eat later on in the week.
You can always spice up your vegan/vegetarian dishes. You just have to get creative with it. If you miss the taste of meat, you can use tofu, tempeh and beans – they make great meat replacements!