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Hello Everybody! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br>
I have been on the veg-lifestyle for the past couple of months. My fears were loosing muscle mass, when I tried the vegan diet 3yrs ago I lost 12lbs of muscle and 3lbs of fat, now some of you might be thinking that is great you lost 3lbs of fat, but my muscle to fat ratio got was not good and I looked like I got really sick. Keep in mind that I will blame most of this on my lack of knowledge at the time and the fact that I travel a lot for work and cliffbars can only do so much. So I left that lifestyle and went back to omni, after watching forks over knives it slapped me in the face and gave me the motivation to start again however I'm in a transition period of pescaterian for right now and really looking forward to transitioning to a plant-strong lifestyle. So far I have been able to maintain my weight and muscle-mass and actually feel much better with more energy and noticed a difference in my digestion of food. Hopefully this forum will give me the support and knowledge that I need <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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If it helps, I've been vegetarian on and off for 9 years, and have been able to gain muscle mass on vegetarian diet. As long as you are still lifting/exercising and getting enough protein (60g is good enough if you aren't lifting, I shoot for 100g+ on the days I lift) you should be golden : )<br><br>
If you're still planning on eating dairy products, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are two excellent protein sources. I like to mix a scoop of protein powder in with my yogurt, then mix in some fruit, and it's a great post-workout snack.
 

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Congrats on the transition! Going veg*n, giving it up, and then coming back is a pretty common thing to do. I went vegetarian for lent a year before going vegetarian for good. It was a nice trial run that helped me manage my expectations and cooking the second time around.<br><br>
As for muscle mass, maybe you could try the Cliff protein bars? They're vegan and a single bar has over 20 grams of protein. Could be useful to you. Good luck!
 

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Glad you're back, and willing to learn!<br>
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