So, one of the biggest myths around eating plant-based and ditching animal products is still about protein and our ability to build muscle. This belief or general ideology that we need a high protein diet to look good and fuel our muscles is very interesting.
The food we consume is designed to help us sustain our energy day to day and thrive as human beings. If you are eating a predominantly whole-food plant-based diet, including cooked and raw foods of the rainbow, you will easily be consuming all the nutrients you need in abundance. Not just to survive, but to thrive and reach your goals. This includes your body’s ability to build and maintain muscle mass. If you’re not convinced, take a look at the following vegan and or plant-based athletes; Robert Cheeke, Venus Williams, Nimai Delgado, Nate Diaz, Morgan Mitchell and Rich Roll just to name a few.
Also, the image used for this publication is a local Vegan QLD mum and athlete who definitely has no problem building muscle.
Whether you are a breastfeeding mother, an infant or an extreme rock climber, your body is designed to survive on a diet rich in plant-based whole foods. In the case of an individual wanting to increase muscle mass, exercise including weight and resistance training is what will help you to increase your muscle mass, not the extra serving of chicken as once believed.
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