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HighSchoolGuy
03-12-2008, 12:32 AM
So I've been thinking, lots of protein is needed for building muscle. But what if I'm a vegetarian? Would lack of protein do anything to me? (I'm not a vegetarian I'm just curious).

deeder
03-12-2008, 12:48 AM
Vegetarians eat protein...

HighSchoolGuy
03-12-2008, 01:06 AM
Ok ok, so THEORETICALLY, if someone was to get 20g of protein a day, with alot of carbs, lots of fats, and hitting their maintenance cals. What would happen to them?

deeder
03-12-2008, 01:10 AM
Chances are they aren't getting all the essential amino acids.. In that case I suppose the body would break down muscle.

I'm not really sure, I'm not a doctor... Or umm.. whoever would study this..

brihead301
03-12-2008, 06:38 AM
I wouldn't even take that chance. Just eat a lot of protien if you wannabebig.

Guido
03-12-2008, 07:47 AM
Since you say you are vegetarian and not vegan, I assume you eat eggs? I would eat a lot of eggs and certain kinds of beans. Do you also drink milk? Milk/cheese is also a good source of protein. Of course, you can always supplement with protein shakes, as well.

Unreal
03-12-2008, 08:07 AM
Their body wouldn't have enough EAAs to properly repair and function. The body would resort to breaking down tissue until the protein intake supported the body size. You would land up looking like a concentration camp victim. Of course this is extreme and over a long term.

bjohnso
03-12-2008, 09:24 AM
It's probably pretty easy for a vegetarian to get the daily recommended amount of protein (like 65g). Yes, I know that's not enough for a bodybuilder.

mikey4402
03-12-2008, 09:51 AM
I have yet to meet an actual vegetarian let alone a bodybuilder thats a vegetarian. Most people i know say they are vegetarians but they are really vegans. Or they are some kind of vegetarian cheater where they can have cheese because of some stupid made up reason.

Jorge Sanchez
03-12-2008, 10:01 AM
Why wouldn't a vegetarian be allowed to eat cheese? It is vegans that avoid all animal products. I think you might have the terms confused.

Keith
03-12-2008, 11:00 AM
Have you ever seen a vegetarian/vegan bodybuilder?

Invain
03-12-2008, 12:00 PM
Why wouldn't a vegetarian be allowed to eat cheese? It is vegans that avoid all animal products. I think you might have the terms confused.

:offtopic:

Vegans are the ones that take it rediculousy far and won't use any products associated with animals, including clothing. I'm sure there's plenty of vegetarians that milk and cheese.

Unreal
03-12-2008, 01:23 PM
There is ovo/lacto vegetarians that eat dairy/eggs. Yes I've seen some great vegetarian body builders. One of the mods of this board is in great shape, very fit, and a vegetarian.

dougyp
03-13-2008, 02:13 AM
Screw that, RED MEAT FOR BREAKFAST LUNCH AND DINNER, WOO HOO.

getfit
03-13-2008, 03:47 AM
Have you ever seen a vegetarian/vegan bodybuilder?

http://vegetarianbodybuilder.com/index2.html

getfit
03-13-2008, 03:51 AM
http://ksteveh.tripod.com/pearl.html

azma
03-13-2008, 04:06 AM
theoretically, it doesn't matter where you get them -- at bare minimum, if you can put the 8 essential amino acids somewhere in your diet plan, your body can do what it needs to do.

the only thing is, it's harder to get the same quantity.

also, bill pearl is a badass.

Fuzzy
03-13-2008, 04:12 AM
Mum: What do you want for dinner?

Me: Cow.