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July 31, 2020
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Can I Build Muscle If I Don't Eat Meat?

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You can build muscle if you are vegetarian, but let's first talk about what the different types of vegetarianism entail.

A vegan is someone who doesn't eat animal products, including meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, and so on. A pesco vegetarian is someone who eats fish and other dairy products, but doesn't eat red meat or poultry. Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat eggs and dairy, but don't eat meat or fish. There are other types as well, but these descriptions will suffice for this article.

Because vegetarians don't consume several different types of foods, such as red meat, they also have a lower risk of things like hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease and some cancers.

It can be very health inducing indeed to change to vegetarianism, and not just because of advantages to your health. There are other reasons, too, such as that the vegetarian lifestyle is less cruel to animals and better for the environment.

However, many people who want to become vegetarian may be hesitant to do so because they may think they'll have trouble building muscle mass when they work out. However, if you consume soy, this is a great way to build muscle. In reality, soy is higher in protein than beef and has all eight of the essential amino acids.

You can easily get soy from such sources as soymilk, tofu, and textured soy protein. However, as long as you consume enough calories in the forms of good foods like seeds, rice, beans, nuts, legumes, and vegetables, you should get enough protein, plenty to build a lot of muscle.

As far as vitamins and minerals go, the vegan diet can sometimes be short on necessities like calcium, vitamin D, zinc, vitamin B12, and iron. Other types of vegetarians should get plenty from their diets. Anyone who is vegan should take supplements to help prevent any shortfalls in the above nutrients.

Vitamin B12 is especially a concern because although it's abundant in dairy products and is therefore not a concern for most vegetarians, it may be a concern for vegans. Meal replacement powders and vitamin and mineral supplements can also help build muscle, but don't overlook plenty of green leafy vegetables and fruits in addition to the protein sources mentioned to build muscle as a vegetarian.

In short, there are lots of reasons as to why it's beneficial for you to become a vegetarian, and you won't have to give up your bodybuilding goals to do so. Of course, as a bodybuilder, you are going to need to plan what you eat, too, but that's true of people who eat meat as well. With these few pointers in mind, go ahead and engage in bodybuilding as a vegetarian, successfully.

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