Advice for a vegetarian


  • Sep 25, 2015 12:08 PM GMT
    I've just started going to the gym this week. I want to get into shape. I currently weigh 10 stone 4 pounds. I need some advice on how much protein I should be eating (and calories in general) to see a significant change? I'm a veggie so what sort of foods should I be eating? Sorry if this has been posted before.
  • tictactoe

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    Sep 25, 2015 12:11 PM GMT
    I would start with a juicy 5-pound piece of steak...
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    Sep 25, 2015 3:19 PM GMT
    It really depends on what your goal is. Define "in shape". That means different things to different people. I think if you have a definite goal in mind, people can have a better idea of what kind of advice to give you.
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    Sep 25, 2015 3:27 PM GMT
    tictactoe saidI would start with a juicy 5-pound piece of steak...
    i was going to say Ignor the trolls, too late

  • Sep 25, 2015 7:02 PM GMT
    swimjammer saidIt really depends on what your goal is. Define "in shape". That means different things to different people. I think if you have a definite goal in mind, people can have a better idea of what kind of advice to give you.


    I guess "lean." I want to increase my muscle mass.
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    Sep 26, 2015 5:25 AM GMT
    I've read in many places that you're supposed to be eating 1g protein for every lb of muscle. So, in your case that equals 154g of protein a day! There's all kind of info out there, from saying you should eat 1.5g protein per pound and now there are articles that say we're eating too much protein. I'm not going to attempt to tell you what you should do as I'm not into building muscle anyway. I'm fine with my body. I was actually eating too much protein before and wasn't utilising it enough so it was just turning to fat. Mainly I just keep an eye on my body shape and if it looks like I need to eat less/more protein, or just food in general, I adjust accordingly.

    Sorry I couldn't be more help. I would try posting in the workout forum. (I think that's what it's called.)

  • tictactoe

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    Sep 26, 2015 11:50 AM GMT
    pellaz said
    tictactoe saidI would start with a juicy 5-pound piece of steak...
    i was going to say Ignor the trolls, too late



    Let's not get our diapers in a knot, gramps. I was not being serious. It was more obvious than an elephant inside a 7-11. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 26, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    Ignore the arsehole trolls who will tell you should be eating meat. icon_rolleyes.gif

    As you can see I'm not muscular, but I've been a Vegetarian since I was 12.
    Great sources of protein for me are eggs (hard boiled), quinoa, peanut butter,chia Seeds, most beans (lentils & chick peas),Greek yogurt (plain), tempeh, seitan, and edamame.

    Why are you a Vegetarian? For the ethics? icon_cool.gif Or for health reasons? icon_neutral.gif
    I became a Vegetarian for ethical reasons. It disgusts me that humans have no conscious as to how animals are treated just so they can stuff their fat cake holes.

    If you are a Vegetarian for ethical reasons, try to be careful where your eggs come from.

    Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Ookami

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    Sep 26, 2015 8:26 PM GMT
    Hello! I'm vegetarian but I try to keep me pretty... So don't take my advice for muscle building since I'm on the girly side, but I've done quite some research.
    I'd consider adding Quinoa, pea, tofu (not sure about all the hormonal things people say online... But I know some guys who eat it and look very manly to me lol) and other seeds.
    Algae is awesome specially if you like fishy flavours lol
    And you can always look for a right protein powder, is a huge source of protein and animoacids, plus not very time consuming.
    Don't forget to keep the usual everyday meal food, pancakes are awesome, rice, pasta and green stuff.
    You can message me if you ever want to chat or exchange recipes! :3
    Italian and Japanese cooking addict here lol

    Good luck!
  • LJay

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    Sep 26, 2015 10:52 PM GMT
    How abut going to a serious nutritionist and talking it over? Cramming protein may or may not be the thing to do for overall health and you want someone who will consider long term results as well as immediate goals.
  • LJay

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    Sep 27, 2015 12:45 AM GMT
    Musclefetish saidIgnore the arsehole trolls who will tell you should be eating meat. icon_rolleyes.gif

    As you can see I'm not muscular, but I've been a Vegetarian since I was 12.
    Great sources of protein for me are eggs (hard boiled), quinoa, peanut butter,chia Seeds, most beans (lentils & chick peas),Greek yogurt (plain), tempeh, seitan, and edamame.

    Why are you a Vegetarian? For the ethics? icon_cool.gif Or for health reasons? icon_neutral.gif
    I became a Vegetarian for ethical reasons. It disgusts me that humans have no conscious as to how animals are treated just so they can stuff their fat cake holes.

    If you are a Vegetarian for ethical reasons, try to be careful where your eggs come from.

    Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif


    Looking at your picture, I think that I would say that you are muscular. You certainly are not flabby.

    I do think veggies are great stuff and that you can be healthy as a vegetarian. I have no trouble eating veggies simply because they taste good. More power to you if you care to be strict about it, but in the meantime, please pass the squash!
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    Sep 27, 2015 7:25 PM GMT
    LJay said
    Musclefetish saidIgnore the arsehole trolls who will tell you should be eating meat. icon_rolleyes.gif

    As you can see I'm not muscular, but I've been a Vegetarian since I was 12.
    Great sources of protein for me are eggs (hard boiled), quinoa, peanut butter,chia Seeds, most beans (lentils & chick peas),Greek yogurt (plain), tempeh, seitan, and edamame.

    Why are you a Vegetarian? For the ethics? icon_cool.gif Or for health reasons? icon_neutral.gif
    I became a Vegetarian for ethical reasons. It disgusts me that humans have no conscious as to how animals are treated just so they can stuff their fat cake holes.

    If you are a Vegetarian for ethical reasons, try to be careful where your eggs come from.

    Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif


    Looking at your picture, I think that I would say that you are muscular. You certainly are not flabby.

    I do think veggies are great stuff and that you can be healthy as a vegetarian. I have no trouble eating veggies simply because they taste good. More power to you if you care to be strict about it, but in the meantime, please pass the squash!


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  • HottJoe

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    Sep 29, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    I was hoping this thread would garner more useful responses...

    @Musclefetish, do you have to take B12 supplements, or do hard boiled eggs alone provide enough nutrients?
  • metta

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    Sep 29, 2015 9:44 PM GMT
    Just listen to your body. If your body is telling you to eat more protein...by things like feeling a little sluggish, for example...your probably not getting enough. icon_smile.gif


    It can be helpful to keep some protein power/shakes around. I don't have them very often but if I ever feel a little sluggish, usually because I forgot to eat...and I'm in a hurry, I will have something like that. There is not a day that goes by that I don't have some greek yogurt. But I get my protein from a wide variety of sources. Make sure that you eat a wide variety of foods.


    (vegetarian since 1990)
  • metta

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    Oct 01, 2015 9:38 PM GMT
    Happy World Vegetarian Day!

    http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/
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    Oct 01, 2015 9:42 PM GMT
    Avocados and nuts are your friends. When you start working out you will get very hungry and salads won't cut it. Go for high fat foods and they will keep you from getting hungry as fast.

  • Oct 04, 2015 1:05 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies guys! I'm going to write out a meal planner for the coming week and see what I can do.