Training on a vegan diet

It has long been known that a diet that is nutritious can have some fantastic benefits to general health, especially when it is combined with a great training programme – set by a personal trainer in Leeds who really knows their stuff. 

The benefits that might be derived from this combination include an increase in energy levels and that all-important lean muscle mass. As anyone who is following this type of routine will tell you an important element of a healthy diet is protein. Meat is one of the main sources of readily available protein, so the big question is where exactly does this leave someone who is following a vegan diet?

What does protein do?

Protein is one of the body’s essential building blocks. It helps to build tissue and repair it when it is damaged. It is also hugely important for bones, muscles, skin, blood and even cartilage. Without an appropriate amount of protein in the diet, it can be difficult for the body to maintain a training regime and recover effectively after each session. 

Sources of protein

As we have already mentioned, the main source of protein is meat. It is, however, also found in that convenient go-to of many gym goers – the protein shake. These usually contain whey – a by-product of the cheese making process. This is unfortunately not a suitable form of protein for anyone following a vegan lifestyle. 

A vegan diet does however not need to be lacking in protein and it is a rather outdated view that vegetarians and vegans do not get enough protein in their diet. Vegans can get good levels of protein in their diet by including legumes (beans), pulses, tofu (bean curd), peas and nuts. These are also good sources of protein to be found in grains and even green leafy vegetables. If a vegan is eating a good varied diet that includes plenty of these sources of protein and is not too heavily carbohydrate based (which many vegan diets can end up being for convenience) then they should have no problems following a training regime.

Dietary considerations

It is also worth considering that Vitamin B12 (which is only naturally present in animal products), calcium, iron and vitamin D are all something that a vegan should need to consider carefully for their diet.

If you are replacing the animal proteins in your diet with foods that are high in carbohydrates, then you may not be doing your body any favours. Take a look at what you are eating, add vitamin and mineral supplements if necessary and add plenty of good vegan friendly proteins that will help your body when it comes to those post training repairs that are essential to keep it in tip top shape and you training to your full potential.

If you are looking for a personal trainer in Leeds who understands the challenges of training on a vegan diet then get in touch with us and see just what we can do to help you give your training regime the boost that it needs. 

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