Hey Wild One,
Maybe you’re wondering about how to keep that sexy-strong body you’ve got on a fully plant-based diet. Or is it your gym-junkie beau, surfer dude boyfriend or triathlete hubby who doesn’t want to drop the muscle with the meat?
Let me just clear up a bit of the confusion around bodybuilding and veganism.
The growth hormone IGF-1 is responsible for muscle growth in all kinds of animals—humans included. So, what if we want to be the muscular kind of animal, and we’ve heard that vegans tend to have lower levels of IGF-1?
True, those lower levels may be linked to lower cancer risk, but still, built is built, right? 😉
Keep in mind, though, that there are plenty of plant-based bodybuilders out there. My friend of six years, Crissy Carvalho, is a stunning fitness model—and she’s vegan! Even the world-famous Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting meat out of his diet (he’s been dairy-free for decades!) and says he feels “fantastic.”
So, are they the exception? Do lower IGF-1 levels negatively impact muscle building in vegans?
Well mama (and papa!), consider what happens to people with giantism…they have too much IGF in their bodies, but they typically don’t have any more muscle than the rest of us. And if we inject regular people with IGF-1? Researchers have done that, too, and found no change whatsoever in women tested over the course of a year. Same goes for men, more or less.
In short, as far as current research goes, it doesn’t seem like IGF-1 levels in adults have any effect whatsoever on muscle-building.
And so, plant-based bodybuilding is 100% possible, if that’s what you’re into—and no, you won’t lose those sexy muscles if you switch to a plant-based lifestyle!
“If they tell you to eat more meat to be strong—don’t buy it.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger
Now that we’ve cleared that up…how about giving plant-based a go? Wild Nutrition: Your 30-Day Revolution to Plant-Based Vitality is designed to get you healthy, sexy and happy—in just one month. Try it today!