Q: Is your program is
suitable for vegetarians and can the same results you claim on your
website be achieved following a meatless diet?
A: The Burn the Fat, Feed
the Muscle (BFFM) program is fairly easy to adapt to a lacto-ovo
vegetarian (who eats no meat, but does eat eggs and dairy products),
and it will even work for a vegan (who eats no animal products
whatsoever), although for a vegan, it is more of a challenge.
There are some adjustments that need to be made to the
basic BFFM plan to suit vegetarians, however. This is due to the
fact that BFFM is based on bodybuilding methods of fat loss, which
call for a complete protein with every meal. In the BFFM manual, the
complete proteins listed are all lean animal proteins (including
lean meat), because animal proteins contain the full array of
essential amino acids necessary for muscle growth.
Of course, you can combine two complementary
incomplete vegetable protein sources (rice and beans for example) to
create a complete protein, but the BFFM e-book does not go into
detail about how to do this. Naturally, if you?re a vegetarian,
you're probably already quite familiar with this practice.
I've found that from a muscle building perspective,
combining two incomplete vegetable proteins is definitely not as
effective as eating animal-derived complete proteins. This is
reflected in the fact that there are only a tiny handful of vegan
bodybuilders, and although a few have achieved admirable
development, they would probably not win any major physique
Ovo-lacto vegetarians, on the other hand, can achieve
superb muscular development that matches any meat eater. Multi Mr.
Universe Bill Pearl is one example of a famous bodybuilder who built
an awesome physique without ever eating meat. (Bill used dairy
products and eggs for protein). Clearly, meat is not necessary to
build muscle. Not to mention, most people don't have the desire to
get "pumped up" and flex onstage like a bodybuilder - they just want
optimal fitness, strength and nice, "toned" muscle development.
As for achieving low body fat, that can be achieved by
anyone - vegetarian or not. That's because fat loss is mostly a
matter of eating fewer calories than you burn every day. However, a
strict vegetarian diet makes body fat control slightly more
challenging, in my opinion, because lean proteins like chicken, egg
whites and fish are highly thermic foods, therefore a higher protein
diet can make it somewhat easier for those with stubborn fat to lose
those last few annoying pounds. This is evident with the popularity
of low carb, high protein (and meat) diets for weight loss. A
moderately high protein diet is also more effective than a high
carbohydrate diet at managing insulin and blood sugar - another
advantage of the bodybuilding-style nutrition program.
Ultimately, fat loss is not dependent on meat or even
protein per se: Fat loss is primarily dependent on calories in
versus calories out, hormonal control, and metabolic efficiency. A
higher protein (lean meat & eggs) diet might some hormonal and
metabolic advantages in fat loss, and a decided advantage for
building muscle mass, but fat loss can be accomplished strictly
through exercise and calorie/portion control.
I get so many questions about whether the BFFM program
will work for vegetarians, I recently put together a separate bonus
report called, "Vegetarianism and the BFFM program" which I am now
offering on request to anyone who wants it with the purchase of the
main BFFM manual.
There's a ton of info in the BFFM manual that applies
to everyone - vegetarians and non vegetarians alike - including such
subjects as motivation, goal setting, self image psychology, body
fat testing, How to break fat loss plateau's, body typing, calorie
needs, food choices, aerobic training, weight training, and much
Some strict vegetarians (vegans) may find that BFFM is
not suitable or appealing for them because the original BFFM e-book
was not written with the vegetarian (especially vegan) in mind.
However, it will work for you if you're vegetarian, you'll simply
have to "tweak" the program a bit and make some adaptations as
outlined in the bonus report to ensure that your protein needs are
being properly met.
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