Bodybuilding: Meat vs. Vegitarian Protein

July 22nd, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Vegetarianism and Bodybuilding do really not mix. The most important part of a bodybuilder's diet is high protein. There is no way you can get enough protein in your diet through just vegetables. Sure, you can have a whey protein shake to help get the recommended amounts, but liquid protein is not as effective for gains as whole food protein sources.

Another thing to consider is the protein sources in vegetables are "incomplete". Vegetable proteins don't have the right ratios of amino acids that are optimal for human bodies. It takes about 1/ 3 more vegetable protein to equal effectively animal protein. Vegans, people who want to avoid anything that comes from a animal, should forget about bodybuilding. Vegans will drink soy protein because, unlike whey protein, it doesn't come from a cow. However, soy Protein will increase your estrogen levels and is a very poor amino profile.

  1. Jakob on July 31st, 2007

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title uilding: Meat vs. Vegitarian. Thanks for informative article

  2. Joel Kirkilis on December 17th, 2008

    I am a vegan bodybuilder and challenge you to prove me wrong that vegans can’t bodybuild. What you have written is based on 50 year old propaganda. There are plenty of plant food protein sources.

  3. Lisa B on February 4th, 2009

    I would like to know then, why do I have so much muscle tissue? I’m a female who has not eaten meat in over 20 years. I have great muscle tone. I lift 5x a week and it’s very easy for me to build muscle.

  4. Igor on February 11th, 2010

    and again i need to say – YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT.
    im vegetarian for 5 years and body builders for 3. i have started at weight 145 lbs, now im 190. and i never have problems with nutrition, you just need to learn something about what you can eat except animal products.

  5. Brendan on April 27th, 2010

    Without having more information about persons involved, I am assuming it has to do with blood type.
    I believe in the “Eat Right 4 Your Type”. It is a system that teaches that the different blood types (A,B,AB,O) in general have differences in how they react to different foods. I am an A blood type and for that it says I won’t process red meat efficiently or be able to utilize nearly as much of the nutrients in it compared to an O blood type. For A it says that plant based sources of protein are best, and I have had no problem gaining muscle supplementing plant based protein shakes and rarely eating red meat, though I do eat a fair amount of fish and commonly chicken.
    As for numbers: I am using MuscleTech’s Celltech and NaNoVapor below recomended doses, and with my current diet I went from 255 pounds on Feb 2 to 270 pounds as of April 26. While gaining that weight I have also lost a small amount of body fat.
    So 15 pounds gained in less than 3 months while seeing body fat loss with very low intake of red meat and eggs, no whey, occasional chicken, and regular fish.