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  Name: Lukas Fichtner
Year of Birth: 1989
Height: 1,70m
Weight: 70kg
Current Residence: Berlin
Sports: Running, Fitness, Biking, TRX
Website(s): www.lukasfichtner.com
E-mail: mail@lukasfichtner.com

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
My name is Lukas Fichtner and I am living in Berlin. I'm a food coach and personal trainer. Aside from that, I’m educating as an alternative practitioner. I really love my job. I wouldn’t even consider it as a job, it’s much more of a passion: I am able to help people in need, be totally straight towards them, motivate people and see positive changes. I like to do all different kinds of sports. At the moment I'm preparing to run a marathon. If you have a question, feel free to ask. I try to answer every message.

Why did you become vegan?
(What were the contributing factors, was there anything in particular which made you aware or changed your way of thinking etc?)
My main reason was a lack of health. I had have nearly every disease while consuming a lot of meat and milk products. I was searching for a way out and I got inspired by a lot of vegan people.

When and why did you become interested in fitness?-
My mother signed me on the gym when I was 15, because I was overweight.  At first I started training one time a week, but when I propose to myself to become great looking I developed a passion for natural bodybuilding. When I got ill my focus switched from gaining muscle to live healthy, diversified and have fun during my workout.

How would you describe your nutrition program?
I eat as much organic whole foods as I can. I eat like 80- 90% raw. The other 10-20% are organic starches. My macros are more or less 80/10/10-90/5/5.
I smash as much carbohydrates as I can to get a lot of glycogen in my cytoplasm and supply my mitochondrias. I also drink a lot of water to be good hydrated.
I don't want to eat any animal products, processed food, oil, salt, alcohol or other chemicals.
My favorite meal is a lot of sliced veggies with a lot of rucola and mushrooms topped off with an avocado/chili cream, cooked onions and basmati rice.

How would you describe your training program?
My training program always depends on my goal. For me it's always important to adapt to my nervous system and my muscle fiber.
In my opinion the most important exercises for nearly every kind of sports are: Deadlifts, Bench Press and Squats, because they are the most complex natural movements.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?

I use organic chlorella to divert my heavy metals.

How do people react when they find out you are vegan?

They react differently.
A lot of people even don’t believe me and ask for every detail. Others jump instantly into their own point of view and tell me that they could never imagine living this way. And some make jokes and want to sell me meat and milk.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?

To believe that it's unhealthy, hard and that you have to force yourself into something.
That your Vitamin B12,  iron and calcium blood levels are critically low.

Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others?  If so, how did you go about it?

Yes, but I wouldn't say that I promote or convince people by forcing them into something. I prefer to be a good example; People can get stoked by seeing results and actions. If they ask me straightly, I try to give them the best answer.

What do you think the most important aspect of training is?

Love, passion and fun.

What do you like best about being vegan?

It's a great feeling. After 2-3 weeks eating a high carb plant based vegan diet it just felt right and I felt awesome.

What do you like best about being fit?

It's one of the greatest values in life.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Enjoy, have fun and focus on a clear goal.

What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Go for it!

What motivates you in life?
Seeing the results of my actions.
People I look up to or I get inspired by.
Seeing people who want to change something or want to improve.

What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com?  Has it helped or inspired you?
Yes, it's an awesome website. I got to know Tobias Klingl who was very kind, when I contacted him and asked about a specific scenario.
Thanks for that Tobias! ;) :)

Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
You know...life is full of tough decisions, we have to make. You will maybe ask yourself later on, whether you did the proper thing or not.  But there are decisions you'll never regret. Like buying a good racing bike.
Becoming a high carb plant based vegan was truly one of the best decisions in my life! Thanks to a lot of people who have inspired and helped me in many ways.
I also want to thank my family and friends.
Thank you for reading. I hope you can use something for yourself! :)