First, let’s start by answering the question « Who is a Vegetarian? ».
The Vegetarian Society has made it easy and simple to understand who a vegetarian actually is:
A vegetarian is someone who consumes pulses, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits, vegetables, fungi, yeast, algae, and some other non-animal-based foods (e.g., salt) with, or without, dairy products, honey or eggs.
A vegetarian doesn’t eat foods that consist of living or dead animals or that have been produced with the aid of animals. This includes meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, insects, by-products of slaughter** or any food made with processing aids created from these.
So, a vegetarian is one who avoids eating meat. It’s usually a self-motivated lifestyle change and can be caused by a variety of reasons such as religious beliefs, health risks, ethical liabilities or moral considerations.
More recently, we have seen many athletes and bodybuilders turning to vegetarianism or veganism. A few years back, it seemed like an unlikely idea to switch to an entirely plant-based diet with no meat or dairy products involves and retain an ultra-cool, well-built body.
How would you get the necessary proteins, was the first question that aspiring vegans had to consider.
But contrary to popular belief, veganism is not at all an obstacle in your path to building muscle mass through resistance training.