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On Engine 2, want to gain muscle, no help on Reddit!


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Hey guys! I've been on and off of Engine 2 (vegan/minimal processing/no refined sugar/no oil) for a while but really want to stick to it. I will admit - I have been eating greek yogurt (any suggestions as to how to replace the protein from it would be appreciated!).

 

I've been on the Reddit fitness and xxfitness forums for a few weeks but I'm just sick of everyone telling me that eating vegan is going to make it practically impossible to reach my fitness goals. Then I remembered this site, and I thought, hey, screw Reddit, I'm going to start reaching out on the Vegan Bodybuilding forums.

 

So here's my story: I'm 5'10", female, weighed in at 162 lbs today. I have no idea what my body fat percentage is, but I'd like it to be significantly lower (based on pictures, I'd say about 25-30% - my scale says 30% but I know those things are trash). I'm on the Simply Shredded female fitness training guide plan as of this week (was trying to do Starting Strength but got REALLY BORED).

 

I've been eating about 1600 calories before this week, but found it too hard to get as much protein as everyone's saying I need to get - 1 g per pound of lean body mass? I think for me that would be 120, maybe more. So I upped it to 1800 this week, feel immaculate, but am afraid of gaining fat. I don't know, I'm confused. Today my macros were 56% carbs, 23% protein, 21% fat.

 

So, help me, am I doing this right? Any suggestions? My previous goal - before I started weight training - was to get down to 140 lbs. Now my goal is to get down to 18% bodyfat. I feel like I'm being jerked around on Reddit, particularly with everyone telling me I need to eat meat and dairy, and I'd like some more straightforward answers from people with a similar lifestyle!

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Reddit is great for a lot of things but this is the place to be when it comes to health and fitness, glad you found us and welcome to the group!

I don't think there is a right way. Everyone's bodies are different. I would check out the journals section of this forum. See what the other females are doing as far as training and diet. And message people or reply to their threads, there are a lot of good brains to pick in here.

 

-Dylan

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add rice or pea protein powder to oatmeal

 

this is my cutting diet, its 1500 calories after my coach cut 20 grams of protein for my last two weeks. its more than 30% protein... you are gonna want to add cardio. HIIT 5 times a week. adding low could help too...and hit the weights!

 

Olympian Labs - Pea Protein, Vanilla, 23.1 g 69 1 0 17 0 191 Ico_delete

Bob's Red Mill - Steel Cut Oats - Oatmeal , 0.25 cup dry 170 29 3 7 5 0 Ico_delete

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Meal 2 - 11 am

Bob's Red Mill - Golden Cous Cous, 31 g; 1/3 c dry 115 24 0 4 2 3 Ico_delete

Nuts - Walnuts, english, 0.13 cup, chopped 96 2 10 2 1 0 Ico_delete

Olympian Labs - Pea Protein, Vanilla, 11.55 g 35 0 0 8 0 96 Ico_delete

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Meal 3 - 1:30pm

Westsoy - Seitan Stir Fry Strips, 0.25 container (4/5 cup (85g) ea.) 75 3 1 13 1 200 Ico_delete

Brussels sprouts - Cooked, boiled, drained, without salt, 4 sprout 30 6 0 2 2 18 Ico_delete

Nuts - Almonds, 19 almond 132 5 12 5 3 0 Ico_delete

Vegetable - Broccoli Steamed (Plain), 1 cup 23 5 0 1 2 180 Ico_delete

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Meal 4 - 4pm

Maple Grove Farms - All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 0.75 tbsp 71 2 6 3 1 6 Ico_delete

Explore Asian - Organic Black Bean Spaghetti, 1.75 oz 187 16 5 21 1 78 Ico_delete

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Meal 5 - 7pm

Maple Grove Farms - All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 2 tbsp 190 6 15 8 2 15 Ico_delete

Olympian Labs - Pea Protein, Vanilla, 11.55 g 35 0 0 8 0 96 Ico_delete

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Meal 6 - 9:30pm

Olympian Labs - Pea Protein, Vanilla, 11.55 g 35 0 0 8 0 96 Ico_delete

Maple Grove Farms - All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 1.3 tbsp 124 4 10 5 1 10 Ico_delete

Oil - Olive, 2 tsp 80 0 9 0 0 0 Ico_delete

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