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adb club cricketer:
As already suggested above, maybe worth trying vegetarian option first and then based on how that goes, decide on vegan option. Even Kohli was vegetarian for several years and switched to vegan more recently.

InternalTraining:
Be careful.

Those super athletes who are vegan have  personal "staff" that caters their meals. The amount of food you have to eat and prepare is a lot.

I tried it and it made me miserable. I gave up and went back to meat after two months. I felt better immediately!

"Meat, it does a body good".

brokenbat:

--- Quote from: Jimmy Tiwana on March 15, 2021, 04:08:42 PM ---Gentlemen, lately I have been thinking of going vegan (thanks to Netflix :( & few vegan peers )

For members who have turned vegan, I have few questions:

1. Was it a gradual weaning shift to vegan, or did you switch off meat in an instant?

2. How do you supplement your protein requirements?

3. Did you notice any difference in your athletic abilities (in the cricket sense) in the early phase of switch? I am hearing that vegan diet improves the aerobic capacity ??

4. Am 42 now, so any input from a similar age group member would be much appreciated

Cheers

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A lot depends on what your current diet is. If you're eating mostly clean food (unprocessed whole foods), your transition will most likely be much easier. Also, if you're already eating loads of veggies, then your gut will be used to it, and you're likely to experience less issues. Eating no meat is less of an adjustment for the body to make, than for example, switching to keto. So I'd say, as long as you have it planned properly, you'll be in good shape.

Tbh, best bet is to find a nutritionist, or good online resource, and plan your meals accordingly.

LEACHY48:
If veganism works for you, then that’s absolutely great, and more power to you as there are environmental benefits to reduced meat consumption.

However.

Plant proteins are frequently deficient in multiple essential amino acids, such as lysine, methionine, and tryptophan, and some are also deficient in leucine, which is the main amino acid for muscle protein synthesis (MPS). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905294/

MPS is one of the main factors in recovery post work out (or post exercise) along with cortisol levels and inflammation. Less leucine = less MPS and therefore slower recovery rates.

Vegans often suggest that meat is inflammatory and therefore going vegan will reduce inflammation.
MARKHOR et al (2019) suggested that both meat and plant proteins are neither inflammatory nor anti inflammatory, and ultimately it comes down to the energy balance of the diet. If anything, the meat group in that study showed a lower level of inflammation when compared to the plant protein group.

I would argue, that veganism for sports performance is not optimal. I am yet to find one study that suggests vegans outperform meat eating counterparts. It also requires a lot more prep work in order to sustain.

A lot of Netflix propaganda films such as Game Changers want you to believe that veganism is healthier etc, but it has literally no confirmed health benefits over a healthy balanced diet when calories and nutrients are equated.

Will it hurt your performance noticeably? Probably not. Will it aid performance? Almost definitely not.

Realistically; the best diets for longevity are balanced, and I’d argue that the most well rounded diet is something along the lines of the Mediterranean diet in terms of having sources of complete proteins, as well as longevity benefits.

If you are wondering why I call Game Changers a propaganda movie and not a documentary, it is something bought forward here, which I wholeheartedly agree with. If you are looking for a balanced, evidence based view of that film too: https://youtu.be/R6Ju_HdWB0Y

InternalTraining:

--- Quote from: LEACHY48 on March 16, 2021, 08:34:30 AM ---
A lot of Netflix propaganda films such as Game Changers want you to believe that veganism is healthier etc, but it has literally no confirmed health benefits over a healthy balanced diet when calories and nutrients are equated.


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That documentary got a good (well deserved) whuppin' in the social media world after Rogan debate.

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