”Vegan Gains” is the name of a popular YouTube channel promoting plant-eating as the best investment you can make for the betterment of your health and conscience. Since the guy behind the videos has a pretty decent physique and likes to participate in as much YouTube battles as possible, he has attracted the attention of many people looking to build an ”aesthetic physique”.
Question is, can you have his muscle mass and leanness without selling your glutes to the devil?
At first, I was unable to find the actual body stats of Vegan Gains and decided to just analyze some photos instead. It became obvious to me that most of his pictures are taken from favorable angles in order to hide the weak muscle groups and push forward the strong ones. In videos, the guy disappears and has the classic depleted natty look.
In the photo below, you can see Vegan Gains next to LexFitness. Obviously, Vegan Gains looks like a deflated balloon compared to Lex. This and other photos lead me to the conclusion that there is a high chance that Mr.Beans is actually one of the few naturals bodybuilders on YouTube.
Another important factor to consider is that he is pretty much all arms, or should I say all biceps.
Try to remove his biceps from the photo and you will realize that he is not that big. I guess this is also one of the reasons the kid is always trying to put his guns in your face. They have to be his ”best muscle”.
Then, I asked the people who have liked NattyOrNot.com’s Facebook page what Vegan Gains’ actual stats are. As a result, I was able to find a video interview with him where it is revealed that he has the following body stats:
Height: 6’3” – 190.5 cm
Weight: 180-185 lbs – 85 kg
Body fat: unknown but I guess about 10% or maybe even less
You can consult the video underneath. He lists his stats at about 4:10.
Vegan Gains’ stats are actually pretty realistic for his height. In NattyOrNot’s guide for natties, which has been correct many times, you can see that a 6’3” tall natural bodybuilder with insane genetics could have a maximum weight of about 203lbs. However, don’t forget that this guide is for the elite of the elite, or in simple words – the freaks. I don’t believe regular people can get there naturally.
The stats of Vegan Gains don’t scream steroids right away, and you will be hard-pressed to find a modern fitness model that is under 200-210 lbs at 6’3”.
Where are you traps, bro?
Another observation that needs to be pointed out is that Vegan Gains has a rather weak trap and neck development, which is rare for a steroid juicer. We all know that your traps and shoulders blow up when you take steroids. I am not saying that this is true for everybody, but in 99% of the cases, juicers don’t have underdeveloped traps in relation to their arms.
Angles, smoke and mirrors
At the end of the day, most of Vegan Gains’ photos are smoke and mirrors. He is using the classic natty techniques to make yourself bigger – pump, Photoshop, lighting, sharpening…etc.
Q: Do you think Vegan Gains is an immoral person because of the crazy stuff he says?
A: I wasn’t paying much attention to Vegan Gains until I received an e-mail from a reader talking about an escalating YouTube drama. It turned out that Vegan Gains supposedly wanted to film the last minutes of his grandfather and upload the video on YouTube to showcase what animal products do to you.
While I think this is incredibly stupid in general, I think it’s a bluff meant to get more views. We all know that people love outrageous drama. That’s why the celebrity gossip magazines get so much love from the crowd. Thus, I would not be surprised if Vegan Gains was trolling the whole YouTube fitness circle jerk.
Does this make him immoral? Yes, because of the poorly chosen topic.
Q: Vegan Gains has a lot of research in his videos. Do you think he is always right?
A: There are so many studies these days that you can always find one that supports your belief.
Think about it! Some researchers are backing climate change (global warming) while others don’t. I prefer to believe the latter. Why? Because the supporters of global warming are most likely trying to push the agenda simply to collect more revenue from taxes.
Consequently, you can’t always treat research as concrete evidence. In order for it to be of any value, it has to be made by people who are independent and knowledgeable, which is something that cannot be said about the big statistical institutes. Those guys can easily be bought.
You can never know whether somebody is 100% natural. However, the data suggests that there is a very high chance that this dude is natural.
By the way, I want you to consider the following: last year I wrote an article on Omar Isuf and at that time he was 5’9″ -175 cm @ 182 lbs – 82 kg. Vegan Gains is about the same weight and 6’3” (6 inches taller). Weird, isn’t it?
I gave Omar a 3 out of 5 chance to be a natty. I give Vegan Gains 4.5 out of 5.