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Seeds of Doubt

VEGANISM MIGHT BE BEST FOR THE PLANET, BUT A LACK OF PROTEIN AND VITAL NUTRIENTS MEAN IT’S NOT THE BEST APPROACH FOR THE WAY YOU LOOK OR TRAIN. THAT, AT LEAST, IS WHAT MANY PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE, BUT NUTRITIONIST TJ WATERFALL SAYS IT’S MERELY A MYTH – AND ONE OF MANY THAT CAN BE DISPROVED WITH RECENT RESEARCH

The rise of veganism is all around us. he number of people adopting a vegan diet has skyrocketed in recent years and it shows no sign of slowing down. Everyone has their own reasons for switching to a plant-based diet, including the ethical – like helping to prevent animal cruelty – and the environmental: wanting to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint.

However, as a registered nutritionist specialising in vegan and vegetarian nutrition, I’ve found one of the main concerns from strength and itness enthusiasts is this: they want to tread a little lighter in this world, but assume it’ll come at considerable cost to their performance and results.

Yet you only have to look at the growing number of world-class vegan athletes as proof that a plant-based diet doesn’t hold you back. In fact, many are discovering it could give them a competitive edge. Still, the misconceptions surrounding veganism from a fitness perspective continue. My mission, therefore, is to knock these myths on the head once and for all, using a scientiic, evidence-based approach.

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