Vegan Bodybuilding Diet Plan
There have been many top bodybuilders that are vegans for practical as well as moral reasons. This article is going to be looking at the various sources of good quality protein. The building blocks of protein are the amino acids and eating a completely meat free diet you can get plenty of protein.
The generally accepted standard is 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight for athletes and 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight for bodybuilders and other athletes interested in bulking up and adding mass. Eating consistently throughout the day makes it easy to consume that amount of protein if a variety of foods are consumed. "How" should not be the issue, but "where," is a valid question. In an animal protein based society, we grow up believing the only sources of protein are from animals.
The main protein sources for a vegan bodybuilder come from hemp, soy, tempeh, nuts, beans, lentils, grains and a variety of powders and bars including complete meal replacements, adding up to 200-300 grams per day. This is plenty for any bodybuilding person to add muscle.
Tofu, a soy product, typically has 10-20 grams of protein per serving. Soy also has a Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) of 1.0, which is the highest protein rating for a food to have, and it scores higher than beef protein. Hemp is one of the best sources of protein, period. It is alkalizing, packed full of nutrients, and is grown from the most sustainable methods, making it arguably the best resource. We often hear about protein combinations to make a complete protein.
All vegan bodybuilders will eat a lot of fruits, green vegetables, and eat raw and organic foods whenever possible. Raw sources of protein can be found in nuts, seeds, seaweed, broccoli, spinach, kale, and other veggies and are some of the most potent and most beneficial sources of protein available on the planet.
A vegan bodybuilder will focus on eating every 3 hours to stay to create an anabolic state with a positive nitrogen balance for maintaining the building of muscle. But that is what every good bodybuilder does. Taking in nutrients every 2-3 hours ensures that your muscles will always be fueled and nourished, providing the best opportunity for growth and achieving desired results.
It is important to note here that the building of muscle and the consumption of protein makes you dehydrated and you need to drink as much water as you can. It keeps your kidneys working and also good for the liver in always detoxing the body and it needs water to do that.