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Vegan Bodybuilder Reveals How To Build A Figure On Just Plant-Based Diet

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Bodybuilder Torre Washington, who was been vegan since 1998, is existing evidence that is possible to build muscle on just a plant-based diet. His exemplary toned physique is a cutting reply to critics of veganism, who have historically shunned the dietary choices for their lack of protein. Washington, however, doesn’t refer to his eating regimen as diet. In fact, he is offended by the word ‘diet’ as he isn’t there ‘to die’, rather to Washington, it’s a ‘lifestyle’ that helps him ‘thrive’.

Washington has successfully launched a career as a professional bodybuilder and he has also landed several awards for his athletics. He believes that the key to staying healthy is to adhere to an eating plan that is flexible, has variety, and doesn't cut out sweet treats along with plenty of rest to keep his body in top shape.

Contrary to popular belief, vegans have many sources of protein to choose from. Washington's go-tos include oatmeal, tofu, pea protein, lentils, and rice, and beans. He also eats lots of products such as Japanese sweet potato, fresh greens, and fruit smoothies. Perhaps surprisingly, Washington doesn't keep an especially strict eating plan. Early in his bodybuilding career, he didn't even track macronutrients and barely counted calories, doing so only when he needed to cut weight quickly. He's since stuck to a more structured nutrition plan but still leaves plenty of room to thoroughly enjoy food. That includes sweets (thankfully, he says, vegan sweets have improved dramatically since he started eating them in the 1990s). Previously, items like vegan baked goods that were devoid of eggs and dairy tended to have a disappointing flavor and texture. Now, thanks to innovative substitutes, plant-based desserts can be virtually identical to non-vegan counterparts.

"I don't restrict myself," Washington said. "I allow myself to partake in cake, ice cream. I eat it on a regular basis, and I can still compete."