Derek is truly inspiring, taking two contradictory ideas, vegan diets and bodybuilding, and paving a healthier way to excel in the sport of bodybuilding. With biceps the size of cannonballs, bodybuilder Derek Tresize placed in the top three of his class at the NANBF Championships here in Seattle. Bodybuilding for the past 5 years, he converted to a plant-based diet at the age of 19, and saw his overall performance in sports like football, cross country, powerlifting, and kayaking improve across the board.
Having a diet requiring 6000 calories a day, it’s astounding to know that Derek earned his muscle mass through a raw vegan diet. It is a common prenotion that vegans have a protein deficiency, but as Derek proves, plants provide all the protein anyone would need. “Animals consume massive amounts of resources and essentially convert plant protein into its own muscle tissue, so why not just skip the middle man?”
And it makes sense; Many people are oblivious to the fact that the broccoli they had for dinner has twice as much protein per calorie than the steak next it (11.2g vs 5.4g per 100 calories). It’s clear that the issue here is not a lack of protein, but a lack of knowledge.
Only plants can make the amino acids that are essential to our beings from scratch, and after being consumed by animals, they are stripped of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in place of cholesterol and a litany of environmental contaminants, which are then consumed by us. “I tried going 30 days without touching [animal products], and I noticed right away, aside from food cravings, I felt much cleaner. That’s the best word — you feel cleaner inside. Then, after the 30 days, I went back to trying to eat those foods again, and they made me really sick. And so that was kind of a wake-up call.”
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