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zima1349

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  1. 13% is not very good. I mean, personally I don't like the way I look at 13 - some other people look pretty good at that level, but I prefer to stay in the single digit area. Also, I wouldn't have trouble staying at 13% without much effort, so that doesn't really mean much to me. I'd really like to hear from somebody who keeps track of their macros. Tracking has really proven to be very effective for me with regard to maintaining a certain appearance, and it's also quite difficult to compare what you eat without knowing exactly what's going into your body. Note that I'm not focusing on the source of the macronutrients, but this is a bodybuilding forum and I'm assuming we're all getting our nutrients from clean, mostly whole food sources already.
  2. Miniforklift - I'm actually surprised to hear you struggle to add size. Then again, I'm not sure what you mean by gaining strength is not a problem but size is. They are usually highly correlated - and why would one want size without strength? I'm at about the same bf% as you, judging by the pictures, maybe a bit less - but I'd like to be leaner, ideally. That's my issue with a vegan diet, really. I've looked at the diets of vegan bodybuilders during contest prep, and it often looks similar to a standard one - the same high protein/moderate fat/low carbs thing you see anywhere else. Except so much of the protein comes from powders it's a bit concerning.
  3. I hear a lot of comments about people being concerned about not being able to gain muscle on a vegan diet. This really confuses me - to gain, all you need to do is eat at or above maintenance level, according to the traditional bodybuilding mentality, anyway. Generally that means keeping protein and fat intake the same and raising carbs. But it's really easy to get a gram of protein per lb of body weight when your carbs are high - generally, the good carb sources have a reasonable percentage of protein as well. What I'm more concerned with is maintaining a low body fat on a vegan diet - which is, oddly, the thing people associate with vegans: being skinny. Walking around at single digit body fat year-round is not easy, and much more desirable, in my opinion, than packing on a lot of weight quickly. However, generally, a high protein, moderate fat, low carb diet(often with carb cycling) tends to be the way people pull it off. That is precisely the thing I find hard to maintain while eating vegan, without relying too much on protein powder. Many vegan protein sources contain a much higher amount of carbs/fats than, say, chicken breast - and that's the thing that makes life difficult. So, could someone clear this up for me? It seems to be that people should be saying "it must be difficult to be muscular yet very clean on a vegan diet" rather than "it must be hard to gain muscle." Also, while I'm on the subject, those of you that maintain a low body fat year-round - what does your nutrition generally look like? Personally, at 150lbs, I tend to eat around 50-70g fat, 130-150g protein, 80-300g carbs(depending on how much exercise is involved). That seems to work well for me, however, I'm eating yoghurt and fish right now. That makes 150g protein/80g carbs (without supplements) VERY easy - but I was vegan for some time and am looking into returning to that soon.
  4. Nitrofusion, chocolate flavor. Look it up on amazon or bodybuilding.com. It's got a nice, thick consistency - more so than casein protein. And the taste is not to sweet or artificial.
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