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Will I lose muscle mass if I become a vegetarian?

Asked by K.Karen, Last updated: Jul 18, 2019

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G. Tanaka

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Answered on Oct 25, 2019

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L. Agate

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Answered on Oct 14, 2019

Not necessarily. Although weight training is the most effective way to build and maintain muscle mass, it gets harder as we age. It is a double whammy if you are a vegetarian. Protein is used less efficiently to rebuild muscle after exercise as you grow older. Vegans may need a change in their food priorities to meet their protein needs. Vegans typically replace meat with protein-packed legumes, which means that the dietary choices of vegetarians help aid in producing less acid.

Fruits and vegetables are excellent for this purpose. Alkaline-based foods are the key to success. Also, doing regular weight training is the most critical thing that can be done to build and maintain muscle. Vegans should also make a consistent effort to meet their daily calcium requirements, as calcium helps keep bones strong and healthy.

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Answered on Jul 18, 2019

The correct answer to this question is no, and you will not lose muscle mass if you go vegetarian. Some may notice a decrease in muscle mass when they start a diet as a vegetarian, but it will take a long time for it to occur. There are many things that one can do to prevent the loss of muscle mass.

One is to continue doing weight training. If one incorporates weights into their workouts and training, it will build muscle mass. Another way to help maintain muscle mass is to take Vitamin D and Vitamin B12. A third recommendation is to incorporate beans and peanuts in a diet, which is known to build muscles.

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Answered on Jul 19, 2018

Definitely not! You will not lose muscles if you go vegan.

There are millions of people who choose vegetables for their diet and still have well-cut muscles and strength like meat-eaters. It’s damn true that animals flesh is a heavy ingredient to add muscle and increase metabolism in our body. However, there are numerous plants which provide protein and other healthy nutrients for building muscles.

Apart from this, plant foods contain many antioxidants which aid in reducing the intensive load, exercise imparts on the body. Hence, there are many reasons which prove a vegan diet is an effective way to maintain a healthy and muscle in real life.

Definitely not! You will not lose muscles if you go vegan. 

There are millions of people who

Jon Venus,a bodybuilder,a trainer has proved that vegan diets can also help to build muscles. He went for vegan dies for three months and despite eating only vegetables, he gained a superb body.

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d.Anthonyda

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Answered on Feb 08, 2018

It is true that when you stop eating protein, you may lose muscle mass. However, this is not because you are refraining from eating meat, but because they are not eating protein. The good news is that protein can be found in plants too. Some of these include eggs, soy, pea and hemp. The pea protein has lots of protein in it. Another idea is to eat healthy on top of the proteins that you are ingesting.

This will help the protein be absorbed into your body. Vegetarians should continue to keep up with eating iron-laden and calcium-laden foods as well. Spinach and collard greens are rich with iron. Zinc and Vitamin B12 should also be monitored among vegetarians so they can keep their muscle mass.

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