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Bodybuilding Tips For Vegans & Vegetarians

Sep 14, 2008
There are some people who have found that meats and any products made from animals are unfitting for their lifestyle. This decision is made for any number of reasons, whether it's spiritual, health, or animal rights. These products are completely removed from their daily life, and usually they will find better health or happiness because of it. These people are most commonly known as "vegetarians", and make the decision to eat no meat, but they still will often have dairy products and other food made with help from animals. People who won't eat meat or any animal byproducts are known as "vegans". They will not consume any dairy products, and in many cases even avoid all whey products.

But for bodybuilding, it is nothing but rigorous physical demands and a diet that will require massive meat consumption. So what happens to some bodybuilder that determines that being a vegan or vegetarian is the right lifestyle for them? How is it possible for this transition to take place? The following are a few easy steps to make this kind of transition a little smoother.

Change Gradually
If you're a bodybuilder who goes from taking in 2 pounds of meat and 5 protein shakes a day, switching over to a vegetarian or vegan diet overnight will have a horrible effect on your body. It's much better to take out meat slowly, maybe just cutting back to chicken only for a few days. If the transition is to completely vegan, do the same thing with whey protein. The total transformation should usually last for about 2-4 weeks.

Watch the Numbers
It is very important to count your daily intake of calories. If the number of calories you are taking is drastically reduced, it will result in a loss of muscle. The exact same thing can be said for your intake of protein, if a large portion suddenly gets removed from your diet, you're going to lose muscle. As you find substitutes for the food you no longer eat but still need the nutrients from, keep track of all the numbers. Doing so will ensure you stay consistent with your muscle gains.

Vitamin Intake
After a consultation with your doctor, take all of the supplements you need to make sure you aren't lacking any of the important vitamins and minerals. B12, Calcium, and Iodine are excellent things to supplement your diet with. Sometimes nutrient deficiency is common for people undergoing this change, this might cause set backs for gains, so be sure to watch for health side effects during the transition.

Feeling Good
Once the transition is finally complete, you should feel great about changing your life for the better while keeping true to your bodybuilding goals.
About the Author
Dane Fletcher is the world-wide authority on bodybuilding and steroids. He has coached countless athletes all over the world. To read more of his work, please visit either http://www.BodybuildingToday.com or http://www.SteroidsToday.com
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