Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Different diets

As I am the process of the Excel Body Transformation process, my dietary intake is foremost in my mind. I would like to take this opportunity to let those of you who do not know, that I am a vegetarian. I am often amused at how shocking this news is to some people! You may find it more shocking to find out that there are many world class athletes who follow a vegetarian diet. Bill Pearl is the first who comes to mind – 4 times Mr Universe – proof that huge muscle growth is possible on a vegetarian diet. Mike Mahler, a world class kettlebell strength & conditioning coach is a Vegan. Other examples are Olympic athlete Carl Lewis and tennis player Martina Navratilova. The list goes on...
With proper planning, it is perfectly possible to obtain all your protein requirements from vegetarian sources. Remember, being a vegetarian doesn't mean excluding a food group. Vegetarians do not excluding protein (or more correctly, amino acids), They simply choose to exclude meat.
Some people may argue that being vegetarian is not a healthy choice, but I would strongly disagree. I have followed a vegetarian diet for many years with exceptional results. However... the bottom line is it works for me. I feel stronger and healthier than I ever did before. There are many dietary options out there – find the one that works for you. If you place or have a restrictive diet for any reason, it does not mean you cannot get the results you want. Do not avoid something because it is difficult – find another way to accomplish your goals.