Be it Tiger Shroff in Baaghi 2 or Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, be it John Abraham in Force 2 or Ranveer Singh in Ramleela, they all had one thing in common; their amazing physique. Those 6 pack abs (or 8 pack abs!) that the handsome hunks of Bollywood built in like no time have given serious fitness goals to all the boys out there. That is one of the reasons why more number of boys are seen lifting weight at the gym. Well, workout is one aspect of bodybuilding; diet is equally important. We all know that the most important component of a bodybuilder’s diet is protein. But it is believed that the access to protein is limited to non-vegetarians; then how can vegetarians be bodybuilders? To begin with, let’s get this straight; meat-based foods are not the only sources of protein. Vegetarian foods can also make up for protein requirements; all you need to know is how to incorporate protein-rich foods in your diet to build the perfect body.
Here’s what a vegetarian diet plan should look like for bodybuilders.
2 boiled eggs with veg sandwich (2 multigrain bread), and 4 or 5 almonds with black Coffee
1 chapatti with mix Vegetables +Boil dal (green-yellow) with broccoli salad and a small bowl of curd
Half apple/kiwi/ half banana with green tea (1 cup) and diet chidwa (rice flakes)
1 small bowl of brown rice with vegetable soup plus broccoli salad
Lukewarm water or green tea (1 cup)
But besides this, some basic things need to be taken care of while following a vegetarian diet for bodybuilding. Take a look.
1. Get sufficient calories
One of the most important rules to follow when on a vegetarian diet for bodybuilding is getting enough calories. If you do not get enough calories, your body may turn the limited amount of protein into fuel and use it up during workouts. This way, you might not build muscle mass but notice a deficit.
2. Eat more fruits and veggies
In order to get more calories, eat more fruits and vegetables. There are a number of vegetarian sources of protein like legumes, tofu, dairy foods and more. These will give your body all the essential nutrients it needs and keep the immune system strong as well.
3. Do not avoid legumes and chickpeas
If you are a vegetarian and looking for ways to build lean muscle mass, do not miss chickpeas and legumes. It is a good source of low-fat carbs which will add proteins to your body as well.
4. Go for quinoa instead of rice
While rice would add carbs to your body, quinoa would add proteins. Quinoa would taste like brown rice but the nutritional value of this food will be far from brown rice. Quinoa is a complete protein source which is why it would promote muscle-building.
5. Keep alternating your food choices
It is important for you to keep varying your diet as well. Eating the same foods over and over again will be monotonous for your taste buds and soon your body may even stop responding to it the way it should. A higher and better variety of foods in your diet will add more nutrition to your body, as per its requirements.
6. Use nuts as your fuel
While non-vegetarian bodybuilders may fill up on grilled chicken to fuel their workouts, vegetarians can make use of nuts. They are a healthy source of fats and proteins which can help you stay energized throughout your workout and can help you gain muscle mass easily.