Getting HGH injections is one thing. Getting your HGH dosage right is another. And getting a good supply of nutrients in your body to promote muscle gain and optimal health is one more “thing” that you should shift your eyeballs to.
But, for the benefit of those who are going the direction of a meat-free life and need guidance, this is for you as well.
For the rest of you, perhaps this will cause you to change your position on eating animal products and go more of a vegan direction.
Vegan vs Plant-based
I think the first thing you need to know is that there is actually a difference between vegan and plant-based. One who is vegan will happily eat cookies, cupcakes, candy bars and cream puffs, provided they have zero animal products in them.
The plant-based person will only eat things that derive from plants. It’s safe to say that a plant-based diet is way more restrictive and hardcore. However, the benefits you get from it, exceed those of the vegan way of life because you will likely be getting less sugar.
This is a fancy way of calling out someone who is vegan and eats meat alternatives. And as you are probably aware, there is a need for protein in the body, which a lot of meat eaters get from beef, chicken, pork and turkey.
If you are in transition, this may be a fear of yours. But the reality is, there are so many doggone alternatives to choose from these days, that it’s criminal. You name it—burgers, sausages, hot dogs, bacon, the list goes on and on.
A lot of which are made from soy, which you should be very careful of. Soy is high in isoflavones, which can raise your estrogen levels, while lowering your testosterone levels. And that’s the last thing you want to do. Read more on testosterone.
In this case, opt for meat alternatives that are made with beans, quinoa, grains and even vegetables. If you look in your local health food store, you can find all of these in a matter of minutes.
Then you can have an alternative to what you were used to eating, that will still taste similar and make the process less taxing. Of course, it may take a minute to adapt, but you’ll be fine in a short spell of time.
If you are looking to lose some weight and accelerate your health, following a time-restricted eating protocol is a really good option. This is done by eating two or three meals a day in a shortened window of time, such as 8 to 10 hours.
The goal here is to not exceed 12 hours or three meals a day. That is pretty easy to do, really. Having said that, the trick comes in when you are trying to get enough nutrients in your system.
Honestly, when you are vegan, it’s not that hard. You are just eliminating meat. This leaves you with grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and everything else that derives from them.
It will cause you to think outside the box and get more creative with your food prep. For example, you can whip up a dish with quinoa, black beans, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and some coconut liquid amino acids and have all of your needs met.
This type of dish is high in fiber, complex carbs, iron, protein and a host of vitamins and minerals. If you throw in steamed broccoli slathered with coconut oil on the side, you are then getting some vitamin C and healthy fat. Plus, broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which helps lower estradiol levels.
The keto diet is quite popular and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. It includes eating a high amount of fat, moderate amount of protein and low amount of carbs.
Those who are in full-on attack mode will cut their daily carb intake down to 50 g a day or less. That’s a significantly low number, being that you can get that many carbs in a single muffin from your local convenient mart.
And people following this diet often include high amounts of animal protein. So how in the world can one following the vegan diet get into ketosis? Very simply, by being smart and doing the right thing. Here’s what that looks like.
Remember, it is a high fat, not high protein diet. As a vegan dieter, you can skip all the meat and eat high-fat foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, nut butters and oils.
Some of these foods will also give you a bit of protein. But for an added boost, you can include good-quality, plant-based protein shakes.
Also, if you do follow a time-restricted eating plan, and you only eat twice a day, you can front load your carbs in one of those meals so you don’t feel so deprived. That problem is then solved.
Plus, fat is very filling. If you simply ate an entire avocado with half a handful of almonds, you would surely be full.
Free the Bird
At the end of the day, don’t believe all the hype you hear about eating 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. The fact is, you only need between .31 and .35 g per pound of bodyweight each day.
By going the way of vegan or plant-based, that is super easy to maintain. Just do the math. If you are 180 lbs., and went with the higher number, you’d need 63 g of protein per day. Even if you spaced that out into three meals, it would be over 20 g per meal.
To wrap this up, if you are thinking of going vegan, don’t be afraid. Not only can you thrive, but you can do it with relative ease. And there will be no animals harmed in the making of your lifestyle change.