Do You Really Need Animal Protein To Build Muscle & Lose Fat?
Most people are hung up on animal protein as they believe it’s the only way to build muscles. There is much more to eating healthy than eating chicken breasts, and here we can emphasize the crucial importance of plant protein. Yes, the total absence of animal protein may inhibit muscle growth slightly. But adequate amounts of amino acids can be obtained if eating plant proteins from unrefined grains, legumes, seeds, nuts and vegetables eaten on a daily basis. Removing even some dairy produce from your diet can dramatically accelerate fat-loss as well as clean your body.
However, you need to personally judge the pros and cons of meat eating. You can do this by taking into account all aspects – health, ethical and social, recent scandals about the meat-processing industry, the quality that dairy and meat actually have, and the impact on your health and body. If you’d like to know more, why not check out Gary Yourovsky speech, which is available in many languages and has some really useful info to help you make a qualified decision. This is also well-worth reading: Howard F. Lyman - MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat.
If you're already vegan / vegetarian or are considering making that leap of faith, some complete protein vegetarian foods are:
Hemp and hemp protein powder
Rice protein powder
Pea protein powder
These proteins contain the essential amino acids that your muscles need after exercise. These should be taken daily in addition to some important natural supplements such as zinc, vitamin D and complex vitamin B and B12.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I’ve been vegetarian since 1998 and turned vegan in 2011. My body has never been stronger, and nor could I “shred” my muscles before - and that’s thanks to proper nutrition from legumes, nuts and seeds, grains, veggies and fruits.
Also, when it comes to the costs of a plant-based diet and supplements, you’ll spend the same total amount as when including animal products.