Back in December of 2013 I sent out a post on my newsletter on on Facebook that I was willing to consult with someone for free to get them to their goal for however long it took. I asked people to submit why they wanted it and I would choose from the responders.
Irina had wanted to compete in a bikini contest this May (next month) as a raw vegan and show that it could be done without the meat, eggs and protein powders that are normally used by bikini competitors.
Here is how she looked her last contest when she was eating animal products:
While she looks great, I feel she looks a tad leaner and more muscular now and we still have a month to go.
Eating animal foods have been implicated in cancers, heart disease and diabetes. While bodybuilders rarely have blood sugar issues, they do get cancers and heart disease.
Popular bodybuilder Bob Delmonteque died at age 85 from brain cancer:
And Marjorie Newlin, died at age 87 of leukemia just 15 years after starting her bodybuilding career:
Now, some of you may feel that I am splitting hairs here since 85 and 87 are not young years to die and many people die much earlier than that and not in as good of shape. This is a testament to the power of exercise and generally healthy living.
However, in Okinawa Japan, where they eat a primarily plant-based diet, many live past 100 years old in extremely good health. If those people were to weight train, they’d probably live like strong man Joe Rollino, who died at age 104 because he was hit by a car. The other two men in this article show that bodybuilders can age gracefully without the arthritis and other issues that plague many bodybuilders as shown by Jim Morris who is competing again at age 78:
The article also profiles Fauja Singh and other long-lived athletes who are either past 100 years or are reaching it while running marathons.
When it comes to aging and health, fitness does not necessarily guarantee a long life or good health. Jim Fixx, the marathon runner who dropped dead of a heart attack at age 59 according to Wikipedia:
On July 20, 1984, Fixx died at age 52 of a fulminant heart attack, after his daily run on Vermont Route 15 in Hardwick. The autopsy revealed that atherosclerosis had blocked one coronary artery 95%, a second 85%, and a third 70%.
A plant-based diet can build just as much muscle, helps prevent arthritis, dementia and so much more.
The fitness industry has wonderful benefits to offer people by getting them to exercise more and build muscle which preserves healthy bones and provides many health benefits.
But, it can be undone by the typical high-protein diet that many promote and it’s time to update this with the latest research that is coming to light on how plant-based diets are not only healthier, but provide a competitive edge as well.
See what boxer Matt Danzig had to say about his switch:
My e-book “Powered by Plants” profiles bodybuilders, bikini competitors, ultra runners and marathoners who all eat a plant-based diet to fuel their athletics. Some of them overcame Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Arthritis, Breast Cancer and Rheumatoid Arthritis which they got on a traditional animal-foods diet and which reversed when they went plant-based:
Just know that eating a plant-based diet will certainly not harm you and you can get just as fit and lean as on the traditional low-carb diet, but with lots of energy and while enjoying luscious fruits while doing it!
Oh, and clearly FRUIT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT!!!!