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Can you Build Muscle on a Plant-Based Diet?
Can you Build Muscle on a Plant-Based Diet?
Can you build muscle on a plant-based diet?
First of all, if you’re watching this video, you probably want to build muscle on a plant-based diet because you’re also concerned about your health, and want to maintain health and longevity whilst still looking really good.
I want to say straight up that if you want to build muscle really fast, eating a lot of meat and taking a lot of protein shakes with MSG and all these things that force fats into the muscle is the fastest way to do it.
That’s why traditional bodybuilders eat meat five times a day and take protein powders to put fats into the muscle.
But if you want to maintain a level of health and longevity, just Google “plant-based bodybuilders”. There are hundreds of them, probably thousands, that are building really amazing physiques and doing it from a much healthier perspective.
So how do you actually do it?
#1 High-Intensity Interval Training and Intermittent Fasting
Now, building muscle is all about putting in the work. So what builds muscle?
It’s actually doing the strength training and dynamic movements that build muscle. That is what will boost testosterone and human growth hormone.
There’s a study that recently came out that showed high-intensity training in conjunction with intermittent fasting boosts human growth hormone by 2000%.
That means if I go out and I do a bunch of sprints or burpees or swim as hard as I can – anything that’s pushing as hard as you can for short periods of time (20 to 30-second high burst and then rest), and you do that about six times over – this radically increases human growth hormone and testosterone, which is going to make it a lot easier to build muscle.
I recommend you do alternate days of high-intensity training and some form of strength training where you’re really hitting muscles to the point of fatigue to build muscle.
Then, it’s all about having the right amount of nutrition.
#2 Amino Acids
Beans, peas, hemp seeds, nuts and seeds are actually really high in protein. So if you want to be healthy, I would recommend maintaining more of a balanced diet and including these things in your diet.
So what’s the nutrition we’re looking for to build muscle?
Everybody knows it’s protein, but really it comes down to the amino acids. The highest form of ‘bioavailable’ amino acid in the world is a little sprout called alfalfa. It’s a complete protein that has more bioavailable protein than anything else.
It just so happens that I have created a product called Greens, and the main component of this is alfalfa.
It’s interesting to know that just having some Greens can build muscle because it’s providing your body with the highest amount of bioavailable amino acids on the planet.
What I mean by ‘bioavailable’ is if I take the highest form of amino acids and proteins in the form of a green drink, it comes into my body, it goes into my small intestine, and my body can literally grab those amino acids, put them into my blood and take them to all of my muscles and start to feed my muscles these proteins and building blocks.
Whereas if I eat a steak or chicken, it takes a lot of energy and a lot of hydrochloric acids to break down that protein.
A lot of the protein becomes denatured from the cooking process, and it’s not actually bioavailable. So when I eat a steak, it takes a lot of energy and there’s a lot less bioavailable protein. I’m still going to get the protein, but it’s going to take a lot of energy and it’s going to produce a lot of acids during the process.
So by drinking something like Greens, I’m alkalizing my body, getting amino acids and there’s not a lot of energy that’s used to get it.
Eating meat takes a lot of energy, uses a lot of hydrochloric acids and a lot of acids is produced.
So in time and distance, I’ve got to eat more meat to get the same amount of amino acids, but it’s starting to destroy my digestive system and create fatigue because of all the energy it takes to get that protein.
A product that is bioavailable means the body can uptake it very easily without putting in a lot of work.
Building muscle takes a lot of work. You got to be committed to the process, get a personal trainer or workout partner and look at your diet and nutrition so that you don’t develop chronic fatigue and major digestive conditions and other types of issues that a lot of bodybuilders deal with.
For the longevity side of things, plant-based building muscle is definitely the best way to go.
Thanks for reading!