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Troy Loferski first got interested in body-building during his college years. Back then, he says, he had a typical body-builder's approach to nutrition. "I was focused entirely on macronutrients: how much protein, carbohydrate, and fat I was getting. I ate a lot of tuna, eggs, whey protein, and whole grains, but hardly any fruits and vegetables. I'd read that they were so filling that they made it difficult to consume enough calories to support muscle gains."
"I'd been thinking about adopting a vegan lifestyle. Initially, it was for ethical reasons but the more I looked into it, the more I was convinced that the vegan diet was also the ultimate healthy diet and great for longevity. And, of course, there's a huge emphasis on fruits and vegetables and all the micronutrients and phytochemicals they provide.
"So, I wanted to pursue this healthy diet but I also wanted to start body-building again. At first, I wasn't sure if it would be possible to do both. But I found a vegan body-building site [veganbodybuilding.com], and then I found Nutritiondata.com. Troy last year (before becoming a vegan) and now:
"I eat about 3,800-4000 calories per day with a ratio of about 55% carbs, 20% protein, and 25% fat. That's way less protein than most body-builders eat--most of them don't believe it's possible to do what I'm doing. But my strength and energy levels are fantastic and I feel terrific. Plus, I know that this diet is also really healthy for me over the long-term. My friends and family were a little skeptical about me becoming a vegan, but now that they see how healthy I am, they are very supportive.
"Eating that many calories on a vegan diet can be a challenge. Fruits and vegetables are micronutrient rich but not macronutrient rich. It ends up being a lot of food. I drink 2-3 green smoothies a day, made with pea protein powder, flax or chia, nuts, fruit, and greens. They are 600 or 700 calories each (and no chewing!) so they help me meet my caloric needs. Usually I get about 200% or more of the DV for all the vitamins and minerals, except for sodium, which is usually less than 100%.
"I'm constantly telling other body-builders (and vegans) about Nutritiondata.com. It's been a big part of making this work for me!"