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Natural Bodybuilding

Updated on December 5, 2012

Combat The Fat Challenge

Several months ago Jeff Anderson had a "Combat The Fat Challenge" to introduce his new Combat The Fat program. From the looks of the winners, as well as the runners up, Jeff has another winner on his. Just wait 'till you see these winning "before & after" photos!

These are the 5 winners of the 12-week "body transformation" contest. What was cool about this contest is:

1. These were NOT "fitness model" types (just AVERAGE men and women from their 20's to their 50's!)... Yes, in their 50's! For us "older" guys and gals there is hope yet!

2. They transformed their bodies using "bodyweight" exercises...

3. And their PERSONAL stories are posted for you to read!

I promise you that once you look at these people and read their personal stories, you WILL look at at LEAST one of them and say......

"Wow...that person is just like ME!"

Here's the link straight to their photos (nothing to buy or opt into):

When you hear the challenges they had to overcome and see how THEY were able to not only change their BODY...but their HEALTH...and their hope is that YOU will take some sort of action TODAY! Anything! Just do SOMETHING that will place your own health as a top priority in your life and begin your OWN transformation!

Here's the link again:

Take a page from Nike's play book and "Just Do It!"

Can Bodybuilders Go Vegan?

Can you be a body builder and still be a vegan?

If you have not looked at the possibility, you are probably among the majority of persons who do not consider vegetarians able to be bodybuilders. The prevailing culture in large measure believes that a vegan diet lacks all of the nutrients needed for a healthy body and that such a diet cannot develop the lean muscle sought after by bodybuilders.

We tend to think of a vegan body builder as the 98 pound weakling on the beach taking another face full of sand. Vegan bodybuilders are quickly changing that view.

Vegan diets exclude all animal products including meat, milk, and dairy derivatives. Because of this, many meat eaters consider that a vegan diet is inferior when it comes to building muscle simply because it does not contain animal protein. However, there are many complementary sources of vegetable protein available.

Protein is used by the body to repair torn muscle fibre and to boost the immune system as well as to build lean muscle mass. It is also important for the bodybuilder choosing a vegan lifestyle to make certain that he or she is getting adequate amounts of other required nutrients in their diet.

A well balanced vegan diet contains all of the necessary amino acids required by the body for the synthesis of protein. There are also many vegan protein supplements available in the stores so vegan bodybuilders should have no problem meeting the body’s requirement for protein.

While supplements can play an important dietary role in a vegan bodybuilding diet plan, you can also get many necessary nutrients from fresh fruit and vegetable juices, Gatorade and Spirtein. Soy products are another great source of protein, not only for vegetarians but for anyone wanting a more heart healthy lifestyle. Nuts are another delicious alternative source of protein that are sometimes overlooked.

Vegan diets are not without controversy for body building. In spite of the recognized health benefits of soy, some authorities claim that it may have long-term negative effects. There is more evidence of its health benefits however than of any harmful side effects. Each person considering a vegan diet for muscle building should do some independent research and then decide for themselves.

Proper nutrition is more important to muscle building than the amount of time in the gym or even what you do there. Basic muscle building requires that you take in more calories than you burn or you will lose weight. If you are not consuming enough, the more you workout, the more weight you lose! For vegetarians, this means you have to eat a lot of fresh foods and use protein replacement products.

Protein replacement products are not to be confused with the muscle building supplements sold in muscle magazines and on the internet to those persons seeking a magic pill. There is no magic pill and for the most part the supplements are useless and often actually harmful.

It can get discouraging to look through those magazines and see the ads for the latest "muscle enhancing" drugs and the accompanying photos of beautiful physiques. Keep in mind that while the buffed bodies are nice to look at they are not attainable by the average builder and the ads are directed to the normal meat-eating, supplement-using bodybuilder.

If a magazine or web site is not advocating natural bodybuilding, you need to look elsewhere. There are many good sources of guidance for the vegan bodybuilder and you do not need to take the advice of the steroid and HGH peddlers. Just ensure that you consume adequate nutrients and supplements in the right quantity to give you the beautiful sculpted body you are looking for!

Discover how to get into natural bodybuilding with reviews of top bodybuilding and fitness programs like Muscle Gaining Secrets - which was developed by a vegan bodybuildier - at

Natural Bodybuilding Is The Only Way To Go

Natural bodybuilding includes both training & diet for a drug free bodybuilder. It is a far superior way to build every aspect of your physique as well as your mind and emotional state. Natural bodybuilding is a real compliment to a productive and happy level of fitness - not a detriment. This is really the way to go for a more attractive and healthy body with muscle that stays with you for life.

Natural bodybuilding competition is a drug-free sport with mandatory drug-testing for every competitor at every competition. Each competitor is issued a polygraph test prior to going on stage, and the winner of every division is required to have a urine test after the competition to be tested for anabolic steroids, growth hormone, amphetamines, and illegal diuretics.

Natural bodybuilding is definitely the way to go, unless you really want to cheat in order to achieve your goals. You don't, do you? Not cheating makes reaching those goals that much sweeter.

Drug free bodybuilders know much better how to build muscles the real way, because they have to build the muscles themselves! Drug free bodybuilding competition takes dedication, persistence, and discipline. There is no margin for error.

Proper nutrition is obviously essential to any bodybuilder and absolutely critical for the natural bodybuilder. At least 5 (sometimes 6-8) meals a day is standard procedure. Nutrition should provide the proper balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates so that your muscles can heal and build. A natural bodybuilding diet , like any diet that works to bolster nutrition, focuses on fresh, natural, whole foods and eliminates processed foods, as a general rule.

There are many good programs available that stress natural bodybuilding and some that don't. I'll concentrate here on bringing some of the best to your attention. One of the better programs that does stress natural bodybuilding without supplements and without drugs is Shawn LeBrun's Simple Steps To Get Huge And Shredded. The fact that his program has been around longer than most of the others speaks well for going natural!


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      Ryan Hudson 

      9 years ago

      Hi Gerry,

      Thanks a lot! You did really a great job by posting such valuable hub. It not only gives the vital information about natural bodybuilding supplements but also promotes me to include these supplements in my diet. The hub is very important resource for vegan. Thank you very much for the great hub.


    • gerrym profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oregon USA

      Hey Decrescendo,

      You're sure right there. Too many look for a short cut to get out of the work! Thanks for visiting.



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