Vegetarian & Supplements?

  • danvin87

    Posts: 1

    Sep 26, 2017 11:46 AM GMT
    I have been vegetarian for a few months now and not had any issues with losing weight and gyming.

    However for the next 8 weeks I really want to focus on building muscle & volume and am wondering if I should look at taking any specific supplements being a vegetarian?

    I currently have 30gram protein shake after training and will be adding creatine along with BCAA's to my post workout.

    I aim on lifting 4-5 times a week (currently on 3).

    Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
  • Destinharbor

    Posts: 4913

    Sep 26, 2017 4:14 PM GMT
    You're doing it exactly right except you need to drastically increase the protein. Muscle building takes a crazy amount of protein. Start by just adding another protein shake some other time of day and make sure you're getting protein in your real food, too. Excess protein won't hurt your weight loss efforts-- it doesn't go to fat, your body just discards it. But the muscle growth and exercise certainly will help. Good luck! Sounds like you've resolved to carry out a plan!!! Do shift to 4-5 lifting sessions/week but divide it into muscle groups to ensure you're not over-working a muscle. Btw, protein breaks down into BCAA's. Some might argue with this but if you're getting plenty of protein, you may not need the BCAA's. (I got that from a competitive body builder who also works at my supplement store. So he was actually suggesting I not buy something which made me trust it. lol)
  • metta

    Posts: 44485

    Sep 27, 2017 3:54 PM GMT
    I have been a vegetarian since 1990. The only supplement I take on a regular basis is a B12 vitamin.

    Up your protein: whey, soy, meats alternatives (with high protein content), eggs, dairy (including greek yogurt), nuts, legumes, etc.