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#1 Old 01-24-2016, 11:43 AM
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Help on being and athletic vegeterian.

Hello everyone, im a new vegeterian (for about a month now) looking for some help to continue my active lifestyle. I am a 19 year old male and i like to lift weights bike and run but i have no idea what to eat to have the energy enough for all of that. What are the basic nutrients that i need? For example how much protein do i need to consume a day, etc.... Any help would be appreciated.
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#2 Old 01-24-2016, 02:25 PM
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When I went vegetarian I had a very active lifestyle, gym, football (soccer) and running so pretty similar to you.

My biggest mistake was not eating enough, just make sure you're getting enough calories and you'll be fine. If you're goal is to build muscle at the gym then eat as much as you can. In terms of protein, as long as I'm getting over 100grams I'm happy. Use the app 'MyfitnessPal' to keep on top of that.

To make sure you've got enough energy to continue the high level of activity make sure you carb up and eat enough fruit.

Hope that helps.
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My biggest mistake was not eating enough
So basically i should just eat more and consume more calories or does specific nutrients matter as well?
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I'd suggest you to try gymnastics. It'll help you with keeping in shape and stretch you as well. You also might try a more creative side like, for example, try to design a gymnastics leotard for you. It can be very therapeotic too. And try to eat more fruits
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Hello everyone, im a new vegeterian (for about a month now) looking for some help to continue my active lifestyle. I am a 19 year old male and i like to lift weights bike and run but i have no idea what to eat to have the energy enough for all of that. What are the basic nutrients that i need? For example how much protein do i need to consume a day, etc.... Any help would be appreciated.
A good general guide for protein is around 0.7 gram per pound of lean bodyweight (daily), so if you weight 150lbs (for example) you eat 150*0.7=105g of protein every day. As a veggie you can still eat eggs, cottage cheese, meat replacements (Quorn, tofu..), beans and most protein powders to get your protein in

As for getting enough calories (energy) in, being vegetarian shouldn't be too much of an issue. Pasta, rice, bread, fruits, nut butters and cereals would be some things to consider

Also ensure of course that you're getting the micronutrients and fiber you need to stay healthy and digest all of that food. To be fair as long as you're eating plenty of fruits and vegetables this shouldn't be a problem, but if you're struggling with that then vitamin/fiber supplements might come in handy

Hope this helps!!
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Remember to vary foods: if you start getting bored of the food you eat, this may not be a good sign!
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