Thank you everyone for your insights.asparagus:
Good point regarding compound exercises. But I'd still need to do heavy cardio on the off days to burn an equal amount if I'm eating the same every day. Thank you for sharing your diet.Evader:
Thank you for your thoughts about shakes and tofu. It's not that I'm against supplements, I'd just prefer not to use them because of my ideology. I like to believe that eating a vegan diet is as natural and simple as eating an omnivorous diet. Because of this I try to avoid processed foods (or at least not be reliant on them) and for me this includes things like tofu and protein shakes and powders.
If it's highly challenging to build a lot of muscle without them, I'm willing to concede and use them. But I'd prefer to never have to get into a discussion with someone who isn't vegan about why I depend on these items when I could just change my diet. It's not a deal breaker, just my ideal ideology.stcalico:
Thank you for the references. I've heard that around .8g is all that is really needed, but I figured it would be better for me to aim for 1g for those days when I will inevitably fall short. I found it interesting that they dismissed nitrogen balance as an obsolete method of measuring anabolism. Is that true?
I've made strength gains in the past month, but have had no increase in muscle size (which is what I actually want). I did some reading and found that this is likely due to improvements in the central nervous system. While I think it's lovely that we can adapt this way, I still want my muscle! jungleinthefrunk:
Thank you for sharing your diet and supplementation.
Thanks again to everyone. I'd still love to hear more comments!
I don't think you'd need to do heavy cardio on your in-between days. I certainly don't. And while I'm not at a bodybuilder's fat %, and probably never will or care to be, I've increased my strength considerably while putting on some muscle, losing a little fat, and never doing any cardio save for running steps that I did as conditioning work for a couple months.
Granted, everyone is different and your mileage may vary, but if you up your calories while eating cleanly, lift heavy compounds 3 days/week, and sleep enough, you will get strong and put on muscle. The key is perseverance. Unless you are on the juice, putting on muscle takes time.
My strength log
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:
'That's 200 solid ass pounds!'
Good work buddy.
vegan_rossco, the squat wizard wrote:
Some guy was staring at me the whole time like I was some kind of fucking wizard firing lightening bolts from my butt.