The Vegetarians Guide To Building Muscle

Posted on 02-May-2016 by Kripa Jalan

In the world of bodybuilding, it’s almost a cardinal sin to be vegetarian. You’ll constantly be hit with, “You’re not getting enough protein.” Or “You can’t make gains if you’re vegetarian.

How true are these statements? 

While a non-vegetarian diet has its place, being vegetarian has its own benefits. Since time immemorial, vegetarianism has been associated with a healthier and longer life. Not just that, a plant-based diet is solely capable of providing your body with most of the nutrients it needs. That too, without factoring in the unhealthy aspects of an animal product based diet, like their environmental impact, the unethical treatment of animals, as well as the copious amounts of hormones, pumped into meat. 

Let’s clear something’s up first.

There’s a stark difference between being vegetarian and being vegan, the latter is not a short form for the former. A standard vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry, and seafood. While a standard vegan diet, in addition to eliminating the same, also excludes animal products. That entails animal milk and eggs.

Moving on.

If you’re looking to lose weight a vegetarian diet may be a great option. But if you’re looking to build muscle, the process might take slightly longer. It’s not impossible though. So how do you make the best of the situation?

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