This is my first post, please let me know if you find it interesting!
Been trying the vegan diet for about 3 months now and i find that the pros is bigger then the cons.
before to the left after to the right.
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Training was limited to 2 times a week, and each exercise ONLY performed ONE set each.
(inspired by tim ferriss experiment (which in turn was inspired by arthur jones "colorado experiment))
1 set leg press
1 set dips
1 set pullups
1 set rows
The tempo on each rep was 5 seconds up and 5 seconds down..
(pure hell on the leg press =) lol )
no stretching was performed
and no additional training of any kind was performed
this was done over 4 weeks and the before and after results:
Leg press 11 reps @ 86 -> 9 reps @ 159
percentage increase = ca 80-85 %
Assisted dips 9 reps @ (BW (82 kgs) - 17 plates * 1,8 kg) = 51,4 kg
to 9 reps @ (BW (88)kgs) - 12 plates *1,8 kg) = 66,4
Percentage increase = ca 29 %
Pullups 9 reps @ 6 plates
to 9 reps @ 8,5 plates
percentage increase ca 45 %
Seated rows 11 reps @ 5,5 plates
to 8 reps @ 8 plates
percentage increase ca 45%
45-50% increase in total
Before and after measurements (in cm)
Height 190 -> 190 ( no increase hmm ? lol)
neck 39 -> 42,5
chest 105 -> 108
thigh 56 -> 59
calf 38 -> 40
upper arm 34 -> 35
forearm 30 -> 32,5
waist 80 -> 81
ass (at widest) 98 -> 98
Now I did follow a simmilar program/routine prior to this experiment BUT I did not consume no way near the amount of food I did during these 4 weeks.. THUS non of the acctual gains in strength is due to nervous system addaption like a beginer might experince (or a trainee changing excercises) etc..
I credit the increase in strength to acctual muscle gained.
Weight day 1 was 81,2 Kgs
Weigt day 30 was 88 kgs (now one week after im down at 87 so a part of the bodyweight was probobly undigested food)
(at around two weeks I was up in 90 kgs but I was unable to keep this weight for long..
Net gain maybe around 4-5 kgs
Fat percentage rougly the same (4-5 kg of pure fat increase would not result in strength gains)
The food consumed during this 4 weeks was the guidelines of "MNP" wich i belive "veganmaster" on this forum has written! much credit there!
10-20 % Protein, and 80-90 percent Carbohydrates (complex) no kind of sugars or simple carbohydrates..
Fat was keept to a minimum (thus no avocado etc)
The diet was 99% vegan or so.. (some mozarella on a pizza once etc... lol)
(Im only vegan for health purposes so bear with me)
At first I consumed roughly 5000 kcal a day (measured on scale) but this proved to be to stressfull to the body when trying to sleep etc and as a result I woke up extremely dehydrated.
(evening meal was 1000 kcal of oat mixed down so....)
I do credit the diet for the gains and i feel that I proved that the socialy conditioned bullshit that you have to consume x-amount of meat in order to make any gains at all is wrong and highly missleading.
I did consume beans and lentils, but I did not do so for the majority of my meals. (homemade pizza, pancakes etc)
Im planing on starting a blog sort of for posting results and examining other parts of training like
*stretching/moveability (can't find the right word lol )
if that would be of interest please let me know