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I’m watching a show on Netflix called The Game Changers, it’s about the benefits of a vegetarian diet. I’m not sure I’m buying it all but I think most ppl would benefit from eating more greens.

My question is, what do you guys eat that eating a vegetarian diet and how much protein do you eat?

It seems like it would be hard to get all the protein from greens but in the show they say carbohydrates from greens is more important, idk, it goes against everything I thought I knew...
 
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Layne Norton did a great job analyzing (debunking) that “documentary.”
nice, do you have a link? Yeah it sounds too good to be true, would like to hear how a vegetarian bodybuilder/athlete eat though, I don’t think I’ll giving up on eating meat anytime soon but interesting to hear how they make it work.
 
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nice, do you have a link? Yeah it sounds too good to be true, would like to hear how a vegetarian bodybuilder/athlete eat though, I don’t think I’ll giving up on eating meat anytime soon but interesting to hear how they make it work.


I’m not a vegan, but it is POSSIBLE to be a vegan bodybuilder or strength athlete, it’s just more difficult, expensive, etc.

You’ll definitely want to supplement with Creatine and choline if you’re a vegan, even if you’re not a bodybuilder or strength athlete, as both Creatine and choline are found primarily in animal products and are not only good for the body and muscles, but also for the brain and cognition. Plus choline from eggs is much better absorbed than supplemental choline bitartrate.

As for getting protein as a vegan, I know you can sort of just bolster your “whole food” protein intake with vegan protein supplements, preferably ones that manage to achieve a complete amino acid profile, and have sufficient leucine content (3g per serving). A lot of plant proteins have suboptimal amino acid profiles, but that can be remedied by combining complimentary sources, like pea and rice protein in a vegan protein powder. Or you could add EAAs and leucine to whatever vegan meal you have I suppose, but see, this is all more work and effort (and money) than just having a few eggs, some chicken, or beef, etc. and knowing it has an optimal amount of protein and leucine.
 
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nice, do you have a link? Yeah it sounds too good to be true, would like to hear how a vegetarian bodybuilder/athlete eat though, I don’t think I’ll giving up on eating meat anytime soon but interesting to hear how they make it work.


I’m not a vegan, but it is POSSIBLE to be a vegan bodybuilder or strength athlete, it’s just more difficult, expensive, etc.

You’ll definitely want to supplement with Creatine and choline if you’re a vegan, even if you’re not a bodybuilder or strength athlete, as both Creatine and choline are found primarily in animal projects and are not only good for the body and muscles, but also for the brain and cognition. Plus choline from eggs is much better absorbed than supplemental choline bitartrate.

As for getting protein as a vegan, I know you can sort of just bolster your “whole food” protein intake with vegan protein supplements, preferably ones that manage to achieve a complete amino acid profile, and have sufficient leucine content (3g per serving). A lot of plant proteins have suboptimal amino acid profiles, but that can be remedied by combining complimentary sources, like pea and rice protein in a vegan protein powder. Or you could add EAAs and leucine to whatever vegan meal you have I suppose, but see, this is all more work and effort (and money) than just having a few eggs, some chicken, or beef, etc. and knowing it has an optimal amount of protein and leucine.
 

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I’m not a vegan, but it is POSSIBLE to be a vegan bodybuilder or strength athlete, it’s just more difficult, expensive, etc.

You’ll definitely want to supplement with Creatine and choline if you’re a vegan, even if you’re not a bodybuilder or strength athlete, as both Creatine and choline are found primarily in animal products and are not only good for the body and muscles, but also for the brain and cognition. Plus choline from eggs is much better absorbed than supplemental choline bitartrate.

As for getting protein as a vegan, I know you can sort of just bolster your “whole food” protein intake with vegan protein supplements, preferably ones that manage to achieve a complete amino acid profile, and have sufficient leucine content (3g per serving). A lot of plant proteins have suboptimal amino acid profiles, but that can be remedied by combining complimentary sources, like pea and rice protein in a vegan protein powder. Or you could add EAAs and leucine to whatever vegan meal you have I suppose, but see, this is all more work and effort (and money) than just having a few eggs, some chicken, or beef, etc. and knowing it has an optimal amount of protein and leucine.
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