So, how does being a vegetarian have effects on your capability to build muscle? Possibly much less than you’d think or have been lead to believe.
First off, man was likely really meant to be a plant eater and not a carnivore. Physiologically talking, man has all the features of a plant eater and not one of the traits of a carnivore. We have got the teeth, jaws, digestive enzymes, stomach astringency, and small intestines length of plant eaters.
The most annoying and revolting of those is the small intestines length. Carnivores have small intestines that are 3-6 times body length. The reason being because beef rots terribly quickly and wants to pass thru the body extremely fast. Sadly, humans have a small intestines length of 10-11 times body length. What this suggests is that long after the beef has gone rotten, it’s still in your body decaying and making a contribution to infinite number of illnesses. With that out of the way let’s get to the issue of how to create muscle on a vegetarian diet.
As I have discussed a lot of times during the past, protein-heavy diets are a con. You do not want all that much protein to increase muscle. Though many folks thought he was loony, Mike Mentzer first said to me that during a telephone conversation back in the mid ninety’s.
I asked him his thoughts on protein intake and he screamed at me “That’s the biggest trick under the sun.The sole reason you read about the advantages of protein-laden area because that is what everyone sells. Say what you may about Mike Mentzer, but I suspect he was ahead of his time on that one and you have got to respect his rebelliousness. In truth it shouldn’t actually have an effect on your size gains that much either.
As you know, you want a caloric surplus to add muscle. Though your protein will be under that of most beef eaters you can still build plenty of muscle. Walk into any state pen and take a glance at the weight pit. You’ll see some of the most important, most jacked men you’ve ever seen. How many grams of top of the range ion exchange protein do you believe they eat per day? Extraordinarily, small, I’m able to assure you that. Somebody I know used to be a jail guard and told me of how giant and powerful the men were.
“How are they getting so giant with no protein” I asked (this was back in the times when I was still brainwashed). He informed me that he hadn’t got any idea because all they needed to eat was grits, fake potatoes, rice and a little serving or 2 a day of awfully low quality beef or a beef substitute. So perhaps they were getting ninety grams of protein a day. You simply don’t need protein-heavy diets to create muscle. When it comes to adding muscle while maintaining fat, this is the one place you will have difficulty. If you are lean, this should not be an issue. But since your insulin sensitivity is lower when you’re fatter, you could have difficulty staying lean by eating all those starchy carbs. This may slow down your size gains as you may finish up looking like a fat slob in virtually no time.
The fight this problem, I’d suggest carbohydrate cycling the way a normal meat eater would do it. Have super high carbs on coaching days and limit your starchy carbs on non coaching days. Perhaps a day per week, only have plants as your carbs and eat nuts, and beans and fish and eggs that day. Building a great physique as a vegetarian is definitely possible. Bill Pearl and Clarence Bass were salad munchers and other mythical bodybuilders were too. My chum and colleague, Robert Dos Remedios, is vegetarian and is a lean 240 pounds and in awesome shape. Jon Hinds is a vegan, in his mid forty’s and is jacked and robust as may be.
The best tight end in NFL history, Tony Gonzalez is also a vegan and manifestly it has not hurt him in the least. Like the great Chuck D once asserted, do not believe the hype. You do not need four hundred grams of protein every day to grow. You may progress just fine as a vegetarian.