Myths are a ubiquitous topic in the world of power sports. So it's about time we revisit such a topic. Consequently, we would like to focus on the six biggest myths that have been around for years, combining the vegetarian diet with bodybuilding. Which myths are just nonsense, and which myths contain a true core, you will learn in the following article.
Myth 1 - Protein is missing
The lack of sufficient quantities of high-quality proteins for an athlete or bodybuilder living according to vegetarian standards is probably the most widespread myth of vegetarian bodybuilding in the field of weight training. It is obvious that the meat-based bodybuilding diet seems irreplaceable to most exercisers. However, this is only a very superficial consideration, because if you just dig a little deeper in your own memory, you should come up with a whole handful of foods that contain large amounts of protein. Not only that, because many of these foods are even in the field of conventional meat-heavy nutrition is a mainstay in the protein supply. In detail, finally fall only meat and fish through the grid. Milk, eggs and dairy products are not mentioned. Accordingly, vegetarians are by no means lacking in possible sources of protein. Of course, in addition to the foods mentioned, vegetable sources such as beans, nuts, quinoa or protein powder etc. are also available to meet the need for essential building blocks.
Myth 2 - There is a lack of essential micronutrients
The statement that vegetarians lack essential micronutrients in this form is not per se per se durable, since most micronutrients are found in other animal and vegetable products in abundance. However, we must admit that this myth has a hint of truth attached to it. This spark of truth primarily affects the micronutrients vitamin B12, iron and zinc. The nutrients mentioned are not only contained in significantly lower doses in plant sources, but also can not be absorbed by the organism just as well as if they came directly from the meat. This assumption is supported by a study published in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry. As part of the investigation was found based on medical prescriptions that about 60 percent of all vegetarians suffer from a vitamin B12 deficit. Although dietary supplements naturally help with this, solid foods are still the best source of macro and micronutrients. Below, you will find some excellent sources of vitamin B12, zinc and iron. Vitamin B12 sources: - Brewer's yeast - leaf spinach - soy milk - yogurt Iron sources: - oatmeal - beans - eggs - raisins - dark green vegetables Zinc Sources: - Nuts - Seeds - Tofu - Legumes
Myth 3 - You can not build voluminous and strong muscles
It is difficult to understand how this myth could actually be established, because from a scientific and fundamental biological point of view there is not the least evidence that athletes with a vegetarian diet would not be able to build up a voluminous musculature. Why? That would be physiologically extremely outlandish, especially if one considers the evolutionary evolution of human beings. Anyone who claims otherwise may have their own goals or, indeed, not know them better. But maybe we should ask one of Germany's strongest men, Patrick Baboumian, what he thinks about this myth. Probably not much, because Patrick is currently the strongest vegan athlete in the country and holds the title of "Vegan Athlete of the Year". His power values speak a clear language: bench press 210 kg, squats 360 kg, deadlift 360 kg.
Myth 4 - All vegetarians are top fit and healthy
Just because someone is vegetarian or even vegan, does not mean that he is really healthy, or lives significantly healthier than all other athletes who eat conventionally. A bad food selection remains a bad food choice, whether vegetarian or not. Ice cream, French fries, yes and even American cookies with cream are vegetarian - but certainly not the best for a healthy body. Scientifically proven, however, is that people with a vegetarian lifestyle tend to pay more attention to what they eat. Incidentally, this applies to the consumption of alcohol and nicotine. It should also not be underestimated that the risk of developing certain types of cancer is marginally lower for vegetarians than for the average German.
Myth 5 - Vegetarian diet is expensive
The fear of excessive costs is one of the most common reasons why vegetarianism is rejected by many people. In fact, a herbal diet is significantly cheaper, provided that you are smart at shopping and do not be lured by colorful labels, promises and pseudo-organic seals. Of course, the vegetarian cuisine is based on fresh food, which legitimately, of course, have their price. Compared to industrially processed finished products or larger amounts of meat, however, the costs are significantly lower, so you could even stretch your food budget with the help of a herbal diet. Much of the cost also depends on where you buy your groceries. In truth, it must not be the vegetables from the organic store or sheep's cheese directly from the farm shop, because the food in the supermarket shelves are the first-mentioned in terms of quality and nutrient content in general in no way. Finally, some tips on how to save money while shopping: - Buy rice, beans and seeds in larger quantities. - Avoid buying meat substitutes - Cook larger quantities that you can store and store. - Certain vegetables are usually cheaper when it's just season.
Myth 6 - The vegetarian diet is boring
Just because meat and fish are eliminated does not necessarily mean that the entire diet is boring. In fact, on average, vegetarians on average use a significantly wider range of foods than ordinary meat eaters. Take a look at a vegetarian cookbook and you'll be surprised how versatile vegetarian food is. Quite alone because of all the recipes from Asia, which are bursting with exotic spices and aromas.