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hey guys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> the past year or so i've really been thinking a lot about my diet and have already made a few big changes. I no longer eat fast food and try to stay away from as much heavily processed foods as possible, usually only eating meats/veggies/fruits/nuts etc but lately i've strong contemplated a vegetarian diet. One of the most important things in my life however, is bodybuilding. i was just wondering if there are any vegetarian bodybuilders on here, if so i'd definitely like to talk to you guys
 

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I'm not really a bodybuilder, but I am very into nutrition and fitness.<br><br>
You just need to put in the work and eat clean.<br><br>
I like Scooby's calculator, try it out. Also remember, for vegans and vegetarians you need to add 10% protein.<br><br><a href="http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/" target="_blank">http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/</a>
 

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Hi and welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
I know there are some here on VB, but you might want to check out the <a href="http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/" target="_blank">Vegan Bodybuilding website</a>, since the main focus is on bodybuilding so they have tons more people who are both veg*n and bodybuilders. There's also a <a href="http://www.vegetarianbodybuilder.ipbhost.com/" target="_blank">vegetarian bodybuilding forum</a>, but it's much less active.
 

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i wouldnt call myself a bodybuilder exactly, but im a vegan who has done weights for the last few years & i work out on a regular basis. im not that serious about it, like i still eat fast foods and im not looking to build huge muscle, i just do it cuz i wanna keep a six pack and stay fit as i get older.<br>
heres a few places that ive found good info from that you might also find useful.<br><a href="http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/" target="_blank">http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.veganfitness.net/" target="_blank">http://www.veganfitness.net/</a><br><a href="http://www.vegetarianbodybuilding.org/" target="_blank">http://www.vegetarianbodybuilding.org/</a><br><br>
happy meat free training. you wont regret it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br>
eta: he he, i think i was a bit late there wasnt i puppet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Also not a bodybuilder, but a fitness fanatic nonetheless. I'm more into interval and endurance training, with a focus on maximal and explosive strength as opposed to sheer mass, because that is more suited to my needs in the Army and other activities I take part in. I'm well versed on the science of both maximizing and minimizing muscular hypertrophy though, having studied in detail just about every exercise physiology related textbook NSCA has to offer.<br><br>
If you want to talk anything fitness related, there will be plenty of people here eager to join in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Welcome to being a vegan and a bodybuilder. I'm 52, vegetarian for 35 years, vegan for 14. I'm 190lbs and bench press 300lbs so it can be done ;-) In fact, I really laugh when people mock vegans and our lack of proteins. I will admit this, I've made a few bucks on bets with younguns who challenged me at the gym thinking it was boloney. Nope, I tell them, it was tofu and tempeh :)
 

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Yes, even though I'm not a full-blown bodybuilder yet, I'm leaning towards it quite a bit.
 

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I am not a pro bodybuilder but I have something so that I can call myself a bodybuilder and the important thing is that I am a vegetarian. I always believe in vegetarian food and lot depends on milk, curd and fruit juice to build muscles.<br><a href="http://www.workoutworld.com/" target="_blank">Work out World Reviews</a>
 

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It is really hard to find a veg body builder as builders needs to gain weight and for that hey need to take some heavy food intakes. But having a fine toned body and a builder body are two different types. <a href="http://www.premierfitnessolutions.com/Personal-Training-Cary.html" target="_blank">Jammie</a>
 

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<p>my husband lifts weight pretty heavily....and he is a vegetarian.....Well he pretty much got myself started with this health thing. he drinks a lot of protein shakes and if u have that protein then you are fine</p>
 

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It is really hard to find a veg body builder as builders needs to gain weight and for that hey need to take some heavy food intakes. But having a fine toned body and a builder body are two different types. <a href="http://www.premierfitnessolutions.com/Personal-Training-Cary.html" target="_blank">Jammie</a></div>
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<p>If you look at vegan bodybuilding sites, you'll see that there are plenty of vegans with very large muscles - not just toned little muscles. Eating a lot of nuts should help you get the calories and protein high if you want to bulk up.</p>
 

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<p>I've read that athletes have a higher failure rate when it comes to going vegetarian. When you switch to a veg*n diet, there is usually some sort of lag time after you gave up meat and before you establish a good diet. That time period is a lot harder for athletes (I'd image the same would apply to you) since they have such higher demands on their bodies. So I would say don't be a quitter. You can be a body builder as a vegetarian (and even vegan), but it might take some work to create a diet fit to be one. I looked at <a href="http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/" target="_blank">Vegan Body Builder</a> and liked it. Since eggs and dairy shouldn't make up a huge portion of your diet anyway, it should be easy to adapt it to a vegetarian diet.</p>
 

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<p>Not a bodybuilder, but I'm a soon-to-be certified personal trainer. You can definitely be a vegetarian/vegan and a bodybuilder. Tony Horton (creator of P90X) is a strict vegetarian and he's absolutely ripped. As long as you're getting your protein, it shouldn't be an issue at all.</p>
 

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<p>I'm not a body builder (at all) but an athlete and I've done a TON of research into nutrition in the last 6 months or so to help with my current training goals and going vegan.  My performance requires fast twitch muscle (in certain muscle groups), intense interval performance and power to weight ratio, so has some key similarities to things you would want to do, but some key differences - probably MUCH more similar than endurance sports like triathlon, marathons, etc.</p>
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<p>Some of the links people have given are good.</p>
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<p>Some points I would add:</p>
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<p>- With protein, don't forget protein quality... amino profile may not really matter in an individual food, but across your whole diet it DOES. The main issue for your here is Lysine. Lysine is critical, all the more so for athletes and bodybuilders, and all the more so for veg*ns since almost all plant sources are low in it.  In brief, legumes (peas, lentils, beans, chickpeas, soy, peanuts), and protein and food products from these, are your friends.  Also, eggs and dairy if you eat these, however the more strongly your diet depends on these, the less "vegetarian" you really are, in my opinion.  The more I reflected on this compromise, the more I crystallized my decision to go vegan, and I haven't looked back!  My stock protein is unflavoured pea protein.  Amino profile is not quite as good as whey but still reasonably good, high in lysine (unlike rice protein) and it's better in some other regards than whey or soy, such as digestibility and acid/alkalizing effect on your muscles.  You can speed up absorption by adding some amino acids.  Supposedly, enzyme infused products e.g. "Vital Protein" also help, if you trust the marketing blurb, but I'm not so sure this really matters.  If you're concerned about absolute completeness of pea protein, you might consider the ratio of AAs you add and/or mix with a small amount of rice protein, which is deficient in some key AAs but higher in methionine.</p>
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<p>- Amino acid supplements can be healthy and effective too.  Do your research on effectiveness, health issues and inclusion of any banned substances, though. Don't just trust the marketing blurbs.  I like to buy aminos separately (not premixed "stacks" or "formulas" with flavours), as I get most flexibility with dosing protocol that way.  You should likely consider L-lysine, L-glutamine, Creatine (either micronised or EE), AAKG (better than standard L-arginine), Citrulline Malate, BCAAs (isoleucine and leucine, used for muscle building anabolism/recovery), EAAs (essential amino acids, speed up protein absorption, take before and/or after training), L-Taurine, Carnitine (there are various forms, I don't have a firm recommendation).  A small amount of intelligent supplementation with these will probably go a lot further than eating meat would anyway, without the nutritional or ethical downsides, and for a similar or cheaper cost.  Larger doses are NOT necessarily better.  You might also consider Tyrosine but this is more on the mental side.  I'd stick well clear of D Aspartic Acid (supposed to raise T but may not be properly effective without aromatase inhibitor drugs, which are banned in sport and a health issue) and DMAA (a stimulant which is banned in sport and, in Australia, probably about to be banned full stop because it stresses your adrenal gland over time). I even avoid caffeine, although it is effective (not necessarily on overall mental condition, however, which is my concern).</p>
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<p>- Take a B12 supplement, preferably methylcobalamin sublingual.  If your B12 gets low, this could affect red blood cells, exercise performance (oxygen delivery) and ultimately health.  A huge percentage of the population have low level deficiency, but being a vegetarian increases that risk unless you supplement, and exercise (sweating) also increases it.  Don't believe folklore about seaweed giving you B12.  It's likely untrue.</p>
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<p>- Get a Vitamin D supplement, 1000 to 5000IU daily. There are now Vegan D3 supplements out there, i.e. not made from butchers wool or pigskin.  D2 is also effective, just marginally less so. </p>
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<p>- Minerals: it may be harder for you to get Zinc in your diet as a vegetarian, and slightly harder to absorb Iron, thought not at all hard to get it.  Magnesium will be easier than as a non-veg, but still not easy enough, and Selenium, Copper and Manganese, even Potassium, are pretty easy if you eat plenty healthy, fresh veges.  Calcium can be an issue for some people but if you're eating plenty of greens and/or taking some calcium fortified soymilk, it probably shouldn't be.  Dairy products, although they contain a lot of calcium, may not actually be really good for calcium absorption at all.  There's little scientific evidence to support the claims, just popular belief and decades of marketing dollars, and there is plenty of evidence to the contrary, e.g. high osteoporosis rates in high dairy consuming populations, issues with certain types of complex proteins binding calcium when digested.  Include some mineral dense foods like seaweed and dark green veges.  Don't be afraid to take mineral supplements too, though, especially Zinc and Magnesium.</p>
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<p>- Forget everything you may have been told about getting more fibre (although it's true for most omnivores and for most health purposes).  If you have high energy needs and eat lots of vegs, you already get a lot of fibre and are probably better trying to moderate/reduce it (but not eliminate).  As an example, I strongly prefer white rice over wholemeal and often like to juice veges like carrots and beetroot, to more easily consume larger quantities.</p>
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<p>- You will want a relatively high fat diet, I imagine, but I don't think you should go extreme on that, and it's very doable on vegan foods.  Avocado, olives, coconut, macadamia nuts are great, because they are mostly saturated or monounsaturated fats, not polyunsaturated.  The issue with polyunsaturates is n-6 to n-3 ratio being usually too high.  This can promote some extra body fat retention and inflammation, among other health and performance issues.   You need some poly but not too much.  Good to get some of that from n-3 high sources, such as cold pressed refrigerated linseed oil, ground linseed, canola, chia seeds.</p>
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<p>- Eat whole sesame seeds (try whole tahini, you can blend it with lemon/orange juice, garlic and chickpeas to make a great tasty high fat hummus, even add coconut cream and/or linseed oil for extra fat if you want).  Although sesame is high in n-6 fats, it has plenty of minerals, plenty of fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants, a great source of protein to complement the legumes you will want to get (it is high in methionine - so are grains, but a lot of body builders tend to minimize those in their diets), and sesame fibre is also likely to help with hormonal optimization (pro T, the opposite of linseed fibre)</p>
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<p>- Get brassicas (e.g. broccoli) and alia (onions or garlic) in your diet.  They may also help on the hormonal side of things, helping you build more lean mass with less fat, as well as with antioxidants and general immune health.</p>
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<p>- Despite claims by some popular bloggers, I'm pretty sure the thing about needing cholesterol consumption to optimize hormone production is a complete myth.  There is even one scientifically conducted study showing T levels for regularly exercising individuals DROPPED on a very high fat (>60%) diet, compared to a more normative 30% fat.  I would suggest try at 30-40% fat, with various carb to protein ratios and plenty of low GI carbs for a few months first.  If you were an athlete, I would say lower fat than that (10-25% of calories from fat).</p>
 

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<p>I have been lifting weights for almost 8 years now, almost 5 of it while vegan. I am ok but not completely satisfied with my performance. At my peak strength I can bench 225lb twice and can shoulder press 185lb once. I got a bit stronger after becoming vegan but in order to be at my peak strength I have to eat a lot. Whenever I eat a lot and gain weight I get stronger, and when I don’t I go to about 90% of peak strength (minimum). But, I do not like being too heavy or eating a lot.</p>
<p>I would like to be able to bench 225lb four times. I go at the gym 3 times a week for 2.5-3hrs. Do any of you know of any good books on weightlifting/bodybuilding? I like being toned but I am more concerned with strength (I am not a bodybuilder). I am happy with my size and tone. I do not like spending more than 9hrs a week at the gym.</p>
<p>So yeah I would like to gain some knowledge on this, if anyone knows any good books please let me know :)</p>
<p>As for my experience, I did not notice any great difference in strength or tone in becoming vegan. When I wasn’t vegan I was taking significantly more protein too.</p>
 

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<p>I'm a vegetarian bodybuilder and fitness trainer who's here to help! The key to gaining lean muscle is not just lifting heavy but also getting enough protein. For the average gym goer, we're talking .8 gms per lb. of lean body mass. For those looking to hit it hard, you need at least 1 gm of protein per lb. of lean body mass if not 1.5gms for the truly hard-core. While this might seem challenging for vegetarians, if you can manage to eat 6-7 times daily and include protein in every meal/snack, it's not only totally doable, you'll actually build muscle quite fast. It's also vital that you consume some protein within an hr. of your weight training - a fact I can't emphasize enough! :)</p>
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<p>DEFINITELY get your hands on a copy of Robert Cheek's book "Vegan Body Building."  This is a fantastic resource and very practical and easy to read.  The guy's pretty inspirational, and his book has tons of practical nutrition for bulking/cutting, etc.</p>
 

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<p>I am sorry I didn’t see this earlier.</p>
<p>Thank you for the great advice planetshark. If that’s you on your avatar you should be very proud of yourself :)</p>
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<p>Thank you for the suggestion ShapeShifter. I just ordered a book a couple of days ago. It’s this one:</p>
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