Over the last months, I received various e-mails asking me about vegan bodybuilders. People want to know how so many vegans are getting lean and mean. It appears that muscular vegans have developed some kind of a sacred aura of pureness around them. This makes the crowd hope that veganism can probably be both – respectful to the animal kingdom and anabolic.
After all, vegans would never put anything unhealthy in their bodies, right? When this mystery feeling is combined with the fact that every natural bodybuilder believes deep in his subconscious mind that sometime he will find the “real muscle building method”, vegans with muscles start to receive attention.
How do the popular vegan bodybuilders get so muscular? Are plant-based foods anabolic?
The answer is, of course, in front of you. The fact that someone is a vegan does not make him a natural bodybuilder by any means. Veganism requires you to avoid animal products, not to remain steroid free. Steroids are synthetic and by default allowed in a vegan’s life. There are no moral issues for vegans to use anabolic steroids and other muscle elixirs. You are not hurting anyone, right?
Many of the popular vegan bodybuilders such as Scooby Werkstatt and other plant-based muscle prodigies are over 200 lbs, shredded, and consequently potential steroid users.
How can you know if someone is truly 100% vegan?
If you have read more than one post on this site, you probably know that most bodybuilders lie about their steroid usage. They are selling you protein powders, creatine, BCAA, glutamin, multi-vitamins and other supplements while taking drugs themselves. For this reason, one could ask the following question: How do you know whether somebody claiming to be vegan is really vegan?
What stops people from lying about their diets in an attempt to cause controversy. Are you with them 24/7 watching every move they make? They could be eating all the meat in the world while still being vegan in front of their audience. You can never know with certainty, although probably most of them are indeed vegan, at least to a certain point. Many “vegans”, however, eat egg whites and stuff.
Veganism is not anabolic. Sorry. Veganism does not cause extraordinary muscle growth. In general, vegans are eating a ton of carbohydrates and some plant based protein from stuff like peanuts.
This is it.
There is nothing anabolic about that. If anything, low carb high fat diets are more anabolic since testosterone is derived from cholesterol. Thus, the fact that you are a vegan actually makes it somewhat harder to build muscle. You are not going to suddenly add 20 lbs. after you have “cleaned your system” of all animal products.
Veganism makes it harder to lose body fat while preserving muscle mass. The golden rule of keeping your muscle mass while losing fat is to eat a low calorie diet rich in protein. How do you that when you are 100% hardcore vegan? I guess there are some vegan shamans that will offer a variety of plant-based foods containing high protein and low overall calories, but in general similar sources are hard to find. There is no such thing as low calorie peanuts as far as I know.
If it is too big to be natural, it is not natural. When somebody is 6’ @ 200 lbs. @ 5% BF he is obviously not natural regardless of dietary preferences. Many of the popular vegan monsters have similar stats and yet they claim to be steroid free. Somewhat ironically, they refuse to eat animal products because “that’s not natural”, but injecting your glutes with grams of synthetic gear, which was unavailable before the 1930s, seems “natural” and perfectly fine. I assure you than when somebody is so big that you turn your head around, it is not the tofu, it is the drugs.
I am not against vegans. I believe you are the owner of your own body, and you can eat rusty iron if you want to, as long as you are not forcing other people to do so. I am not a vegan, but I do not wear clothes made out of animal skin. I also don’t eat animals such as cows, pigs, horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, birds…etc. I understand the main idea of veganism, although there are some definite issues polluting the system.
Anyway, regardless of your food choices, you cannot be as big as steroid users when you are natural. It is practically impossible. In addition, you can be certain that while big muscles can be maintained and built on a diet free of animal products, there is one thing that the professional vegan bodybuilders would never remove from their plan – Vitamin “S”.
Note: I do not think vegans realize that most of their foods sources are extremely dependent on animals. The majority of the animals cultivating vegan foods are known as people.
Do you know how much physical effort it takes to cultivate and gather 100 grams of almonds?
Do you know how hard it is to cultivate rice?
It’s brutal work for super low wages. Back in the day, in my country there were special campaigns organized specifically for young people ready to be exploited. Many students were working abroad picking cherries and berries for a few cents an hour.
By default this makes plant based food dirty too. Not to mention the fact that due to the so-called “free trade system” many countries are deprived of their own resources, so that we (the good vegans wanting to protect the planet) can find “cheap” nuts in the store.