The army of vegan bodybuilders has been increasing quickly. More and more fighters against atrophy are switching to plant-based fuel. One of the main traits characterizing the herb squad is the extra purity associated with the vegan label. The mainstream machine has convinced everyone that vegans are extremely compassionate individuals. If someone’s a vegan, he is a good person by default.
In the world of muscle, this mind conditioning has the following effect – the natty martyrs look up to the vegan bodybuilders as a source of pristine training info and inspiration. Vegans are seen as pure, ethical bros following special routines. They are righteous individuals in a world where apathy, idleness and confusion have hijacked the moral compasses of most humans. More importantly, there’s a higher chance that they are 100% full-blown natty brahs. After all, the vegan soul cares so much about the cows that it can’t be possibly lying to the kids…
I can see why the unaware population raised by memes would fall for this notion, but it isn’t true. To know the true nature of someone, you need to study his actions and results rather than his posts on social media.
Abstract talking and theory-crafting do not reveal much about one’s character. It doesn’t really matter what a person says when his actions and behavior point in a direction that does not coincide with his verbal indications. This concept is simple to understand but incredibly hard to implement because we want to be lied to and often con ourselves into accepting principles and rules structured around manipulated feelings.
If the results are present, so are the actions.
The fact that someone’s a vegan does not make him or her more likely to be natural. If a lifter displays muscular development and leanness uncharacteristic of a steroid-free bodybuilder, that person is not natty regardless of his social status or nutritional habits.
Specific results require specific actions. When you see a musician playing really well, you immediately know that he has spent a lot of time training. Regardless of talent, people can’t perform complicated pieces without a high number of practice hours.
Muscle construction is no different.
If a monk displays pro musculature, he isn’t natural regardless of what his prayers are filled with.
If a homeless man displays pro musculature, he is injecting no matter how incomprehensible that may seem from the outside.
If you see a squirrel with IFBB musculature, it’s not natural.
If a pure vegan bro displays pro musculature, he is injecting regardless of the memes he spams the world with.
Every title comes with a rite of passage that no man can avoid. Nobody is that special.
Does veganism possess extreme anabolic properties?
The confused right brain hemispheres in this world are inclined to believe that veganism has an in-built voodoo hack catalyzing insane muscular growth. People attribute so much power to plant-based eating that it becomes rather seductive to conclude that heavy banana injections stimulate alienesque hypertrophy too. Not the case.
Vegan diets make it hard to supply the body with protein and fats essential for hormone production. Obviously, it can be done if you have the knowledge and dedication, but the mission demands extra calibration. Meanwhile, the evil animal eaters can simply consume eggs to cover their basis.
Another issue with vegan diets is the high carb content and the difficulty to find protein that isn’t in the company of calorie bombs. Many vegans rely on supplements to partially overcome this issue.
The Myth of The Magic Herb
We’ve all seen it – the hero in the movie gets hurt, and the shamans fix him up with off-the-grid herbs. Similar imagery makes it easy for the spectators to embrace the existence of magic grass capable of basically everything including steroid-like hypertrophy.
There are plants that can boost one’s testosterone levels and induce more frequent and harder erections, but this isn’t enough to produce the musculature common for steroid users. You don’t need ever so slightly higher test to experience otherworldly growth. You need supraphysiological testosterone stats to get insanely big muscles. This requires a significant alteration of one’s hormonal balance.
In other words, even if there’s an herb that can boost your testosterone levels to the necessary levels, it will naturally come with the side effects common for steroids because no one’s testosterone production centers are genetically predisposed to generating such quantities.
Hormones exercise the role of regulators and without manipulating them, one is stuck within the natty limits. You can’t trigger growth without this step. There isn’t a training rep range or steroid-free nutrition that can trigger the same hypertrophy regardless of the illogical beliefs and conclusions residing in the dreamers’ craniums.
The organism is naturally designed only for so much hypertrophy. To reach past this threshold, a significant alteration akin to genetic manipulation is in order. Steroids provide it; veganism doesn’t.
Vegans, Social Media, The Bubble
Cities represent an artificial environment that we have created in the hope to reach new peaks and live easier lives. Some of the major elements that have contributed to the formation of the urban box are the never-ending technological progress, the need for control over the population through economic dependence and the strong investment in the search of material leisure at all costs.
One of the consequences of city life is alienation. When you spend most of your time in front of screens, in cars, in buses, in metros and malls, you forget how it all started.
Isn’t it weird that many people do their best to abandon civilization during their so-called free time, but very few are willing to move in the forest forever? We want the comfort of the city, but we can’t mute the adventurer within us – nature’s sounds speak louder than a car horn.
Our cities are bubbles that appear comfortable and “required”. Social media and veganism have created a bubble too – a place where everything is nice and shiny. But that place is not real. The world is sweet but also cruel and full of pain.
Nonetheless, escapism has good sides too. Obsessing constantly over the darkness will not create more light in this world. Yet the pretentious and fake positive thinking shifts the focus towards irrelevant material far from people’s true core. Humans are more obsessed with games than actual living. We support a simulation that we con ourselves into seeing as essential.
A simple example would be sports a.k.a. made up human spectacles. Sports have value, but in the end, they are just a game. The whole entertainment world is designed to satisfy and monetize one’s adrenaline needs while keeping the environment sterile enough to preserve the main mechanism.
The Righteousness Halo
The halo effect stimulates decision making founded on irrelevant arguments. We attribute qualities to people on the basis of feelings and perception without concrete evidence and structural logic. A single positive trait serves as a judging point for a whole palette of qualities.
The principle holds true in the case of vegan bodybuilders. Vegans are seen as tenderhearted humans because they want to create a world with less suffering. Consequently, people assume that the vegan crowd acts with the same nobleness in all other aspects of life including muscle construction. That conclusion is false. Vegans simply don’t eat animal products. Nothing more. One can be a vegan and a serial killer injecting Trenbolone on a daily basis at the same time.
#Vegan = Extra likes
Marketers rely on trendy concepts to appear progressive and up to date. Veganism is not new, but the consistent social media posts refresh the page constantly. Many join the vegan camp simply to gain credit points and popularity.
Why would bodybuilders behave differently? They don’t. Anything that can boost their exposure is welcome. If #vegan helps, some will take advantage of it.
Industrialization and the Economic Warfare
Killing animals and eating them is natural. Predators do it all the time. Nobody criticizes lions for their behavior towards zebras. Humans can exercise the role of predators too because we have the brain plasticity to create strategies for domination over creatures physically stronger than us.
The defenders of veganism will say that we have evolved since then and should, therefore, benefit from our technological and economic infrastructure by becoming plant-based eaters. True or not, this doesn’t change the fact that a human can exercise the role of a predator in nature. We are built for it.
The actual reason for the ugly imagery in the animal farms is not necessarily the desire or need to eat meat. After all, humans have been meat eaters for the better part of their existence. In the past, we were simply predators no different than a lion or a tiger. You can try to virtue signal all you want, but it’s not humans’ fault that nature requires the death of animals to perpetuate its cycle.
The current problem comes from industrialization and the economic war demanding never-ending production of material products.
Think of the modern way meat is produced – animals are raised in a farm, pumped with growth hormone and fed with whatever to grow as quickly as possible; then they are slaughtered by the thousands; the workers who do it become desensitized eventually. Everything is reduced to its economic value.
In the past, the process was different. People were raising their meat themselves or hunting for it. Today, you just go to the supermarket and buy food without thinking much about its origin. Total alienation.
Contrary to popular belief, you can be a meat eater and respect animals even more than vegans. For instance, the native Americans worshiped the buffalo and lived in perfect harmony with nature. They adapted to their environment instead of bending it to their will. Yes, they were primitive compared to the modern society, but the value and depth of one’s life are not decided by the toys present in a particular era.
Nowadays people are essentially children in comparison to their ancestors. We have grown men obsessing over text messages; women whose primary occupation is selfie selection; we live in cages that we don’t own (even if you have fully paid for your apartment or house, you are still subject to taxes on it which means that it’s not really yours).
We are fully submerged in the economic game. It controls every aspect of our lives. On an individual level, you can escape, but you will be alone as your family members will not follow you. Nobody will.
Even if we all become vegans, the causes of the problem that vegans are seemingly fixing will not disappear.
Vegans do take steroids, brother.
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