“You are what you eat.”
A while ago, I was given the challenge of maintaining an athletic lifestyle while separating myself from animal products entirely. The common belief here being that you need meat, eggs, and dairy to build and sustain muscle mass.
Although there was a serious learning curve initially, I very quickly adapted to this new lifestyle, and have not only succeeded in proving all of them wrong, but accidentally found a far superior way of life. Is it hard? Not really. Is it harder than achieving the same thing on a regular diet? Absolutely not. And best of all, I found it’s actually cheaper than most regular diets and eating protocols I’ve been on.
Be intentional about what you eat. Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s useful. I’ve said this before. There are plenty of things that are vegan that are also horrible for you.
This is something that is imperative to understand, even if you’re not a vegan. Fuel yourself for your performance. Avoid large amounts of chemicals and supplements as fuel, and instead, use whole nutritious foods to burn in the furnace. Believe me, your workouts will be twice as explosive, and your recovery will be incredible.
You all know by now that I have a serious problem with peanut butter moderation. The problem being that I don’t have any moderation. The end result of this being a diet absurdly high in carbs and fats, which in turn will be catastrophic on your waist line.
Stick to carbs, and by carbs I mean whole, slow digesting carbs from fruit, quinoa, lentils, beans and oats.
If you can limit yourself to strictly two table spoons of peanut butter or avocado a day, then do it.
You are how you workout, not what you eat.
Don’t just be intentional with what you eat, be intentional with how you train. You’re not like the other lifters in the gym, so don’t act like them. Train with athletic purpose. Shoot for three days a week of body weight gymnastic training (pull-ups, dips, push-ups, muscle ups, handstand push-ups.). These aren’t overly taxing on the central nervous system and therefore will allow for better recovery. Throw two days of high intensity cardio in there a week, and occasionally add some high intensity aerobic resistance workouts such as kettle bell swings. This is going to add an insane caloric burn to your weekly goals while also promoting lean muscle mass.
I like to add one maybe two heavy lifts a week for safe keeping. Usually focused on legs. Max out on squats, leg press and deadlifts or do a good old fashion bench sesh to keep things therapeutic.
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