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Is Successful Vegetarian Bodybuilding Possible?

Feb 25, 2008
Bodybuilding is a sport in which competitors display their perfectly built muscled bodies.
Bodybuilders rely on intense exercise to build muscle. During exercise the muscle fibers get slight tears which shows up as body pain the next day. Bodybuilders take plenty of rest after a short burst of intense training. During this period, the tears in the muscles get repaired. A good diet ensures that that the repaired muscle cells are longer and thicker thus increasing the strength and size of the muscles.

Natural bodybuilding is bodybuilding without the help of illegal stimulants, steroids or other performance enhancing drugs

Vegetarian bodybuilding is going a step further. Athletes and sportsmen all over the world are increasingly taking to vegetarianism. Carl Lewis, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Edwin Moses are prime examples of successful vegetarian sportsmen.

There are different types of vegetarian diets. Lacto vegetarian, the vegetarian and vegan diets are some of them. Vegetarianism is actually a lifestyle focusing on a healthier today and a disease less tomorrow.

Nutritious diet, planned exercise and adequate rest are the three requirements for success in bodybuilding.

Nutrition is the base for success in bodybuilding. Unfortunately, supplements have become more important than nutrition these days. This is mainly due to the large publicity that health supplements get. All supplements are not really effective and they are sometimes addictive. Abuse of supplements and stimulants to burn fat and help workout result in bad health later on.

It is the right mental attitude along with right nutrition and correct training that really matters in bodybuilding.

A vegetarian bodybuilding diet should contain Vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the right proportion. One common myth about vegetarianism is that vegetarians do not get enough proteins. This is not true. Soy, nuts, seeds, lentils, legumes and beans are rich sources of proteins and they also provide vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants which are not found in meat. So a vegetarian diet is actually healthier.
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Aerobic exercises like cardio burn off fat and anaerobic exercises like lifting weights build muscle. Scientifically planned exercise is a must for bodybuilding and it should never be in excess. An injury due to over training must be avoided so that all the work done till then doesn't go waste. Hence proper technique is a cardinal rule to be followed while training.

Adequate rest is the most important part in bodybuilding. This is the time when the muscles repair themselves and the cells grow. If you do not get enough rest the muscles fibres do not get rebuilt and continuous exercise may tear the muscles causing injury.
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