Hello. How are you? I'm a 27-year-old vegan man/boy from Sweden ( So sorry for bad english) Has been vegan for almost 3 years, and is passionate about animal rights, health, fitness and the environment. I've been working out from year to year, time to time. But have never had any serious plan or so in bodybuilding. I wanted to check if there is anyone here with some experience, who perhaps can give me some good advice and answer some questions, when it comes to being vegan and strength training and building muscle? It's new to me. Can tell you that I'm about 182 cm, and around 72 kg. My goal with resistance/bodybuilding training, is to build and add on more muscle and get a fit body. I have no goal to become a huge bodybuilder and get huge muscles, start compete or anything like that. I want to feel good, and look good My ideal form, that I want to achieve, is much like the Greek athlete statues. Or something like these known actors: http://www.etonline.com/news/129299_Ryan_Gosling_Calls_His_Abs_Pets/ http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/hottest-actors/images/17909241/title/sexy-ryan-reynolds-wallpaper Thats kind of what, I want to achieve, but in a healthy way. I know that eating a lot of protein is not good for health. I eat after Dr. Mcdougall diet which are based on starches (potatoes, rice, beans, pasta, etc.) as the base of the calories, and complementary fruit and vegetables. I have also heard and read on him with the dangers by eating too much protein, please see this video:
But I have read some from Brad Pilons book "How much protein." Where, he has references to research that shows that you do not need as much protein as bodybuilders often states. Self he eats "only" 70 to 80 grams of protein per day. The studies from research in the book, showed that even vegetarians and vegans got the same results, with those who ate meat, the same relatively low amount of protein (think it was 70 grams per day) and the same exercises, for a certain time, so they built pretty much muscle. This is what Brad Pilon looks like: http://www.google.se/imgres?imgurl=http://bradpilon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/BP-Dec-2012.jpg&imgrefurl=http://bradpilon.com/weight-loss/beyond-intermittent-fasting/&h=960&w=638&sz=63&tbnid=Hk_U1EnzI0OhKM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=60&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbrad%2Bpilon%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=brad+pilon&usg=__f-NrORgFyupNozk1nxXP_M95BhY=&docid=c-6w6nfa98tCFM&sa=X&ei=AJ2GUqaIIOvU4wSyl4HYAw&sqi=2&ved=0CEEQ9QEwBA So do you guys think I can reach my goal with my vegan McDougall diet, with about 70% protein per day on average? And I was thinking to try this with intermittent fasting. What do you think about that? I have checked out some of the "Eat Stop Eat" by Brad Pilon. And others. To burn fat, while building muscle. What do you think about it, 1-2 times a week, not more than 24 hours at a time? According to the research Pilon and others refer to, the body do not burn body muscles as fuel when you fast, since growth hormone if formed that protects the muscles, instead it burs fat. So I guess that one can build muscle, burn fat and also without having bulking and becoming fat and over weight to build muscle and then have to burn off all the fat before summer? As long as one takes care of the diet and the calories the rest of the week? I want to burn my stomach fat. But only that, because I'm otherwise I am quite skinny Any opinions? Grateful for answers. I have started working out about 5-6 times a week. Quick but intense workouts in about 20-25 minutes. Training mostly one muscle group per day to concentrate and focusing extra on each muscle: Monday: Triceps. Tuesday: Back. Wednesday: Chest. Thursday: Biceps. Friday: Stomach + legs. Saturday: Shoulders. Sunday: Rest. I also walk some mils (swedish kilometers) each day. Im mostly using free weights. For breakfast I eat a serving of oatmeal. For lunch after training bulgur, quinoa, rice, or pasta with beans or lentils, and broccoli (I eat a lot of broccoli every day), to dinner, about the same but without the beans / lentils. Snacks are some apples and some hard bread. What I would like to ask is how you spontaneously think and feel about my training and diet schedule? And if the idea of intermittent fasting 1-2 to burn stomach fat etc is something good? Something I need to change, add to the diet / exercise or something else? Thank you.