Life of a Vegan part 3: Where’s the Muscle?

Posted on December 19th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

Another huge misconception of vegan’s is that we are thin, frail and lack muscle mass. Or that you need meat to build muscles. Nothing could be further from the truth. While it is factual that animal products do support muscle growth, but they also support disease growth such as heart disease and diabetes. Just to name a few.
Whole plant base diet supports lean muscle gains with none of those risks. It also wards off chronic disease and enhances the immune system.

Some steps that vegans take to aid muscle growth are:

* Create the demand for more muscle by increasing the intensity of strength training. For me, LesMills BodyPump weight training regimen serves as my strength training. I see and feel positive results.

* Take in enough calories and protein from whole plant foods so your body has the energy need to build more muscle tissue.

* Get rest. Muscle growth doesn’t happen when the system is fatigued.

I personally get a kick out of telling people in my group fitness classes that I’m a vegan. Because I teach BodyPump, I set a wonderful example for vegans. By eating smart, one can have outstanding lean muscle mass on a plant based diet.

There you have it. The framework is set. Now all you need is to follow through with these key steps for lean vegan muscles. Sit back and reap the positive changes you will feel in your body.

Resources:
Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, Fall 2012 edition

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