Thread: Slimming down
6/04/2008 7:35am, #21
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6/04/2008 7:46am, #22Originally Posted by MikeTKDnCT
6/04/2008 8:47am, #23Originally Posted by MikeTKDnCT
What myths are you trying to disprove?
I remember vividly making the decision in July of 1990 to become a vegan. I was competing in Europe and ate a meal of Spanish sausage on a Saturday and on the following Monday started eating vegan. The hardest thing for me was changing my eating habits from skipping meals to eating throughout the day - which is much healthier. I also missed salt and so substituted lemon juice for flavor.
Three weeks later, he walked into the weight room at the Chiefs' training facility and got a shock. The 100-pound dumbbells he used to easily throw around felt like lead weights. "I was scared out of my mind," he says. Standing on the scale, he learned he'd lost 10 pounds.The Chiefs' team nutritionist, Mitzi Dulan, a former vegetarian athlete, did not believe that was enough. With the team's prospects and Mr. Gonzalez's legacy at stake, she persuaded the tight-end to incorporate small amounts of meat into his plant diet. Just no beef, pork or shellfish, he said; only a few servings of fish and chicken a week.
Brendan Brazier is 100% Vegan now. He was already competing before he switched.
. But then in 2004, I got to the point where I was sick of eating chicken. It started grossing me out for some reason. I was about a month out from a fight and I decided I was going to cut out all meat. I was working with a trainer who was vegan and he helped me make the switch. I won that fight and went on a 12-fight winning streak. And [not eating meat] made it really easy to cut weight for that fight.
I gave up meat gradually. I stated off by giving up all meat except fish. Then I gave up fish, but continued to eat eggs and dairy. Once I realized that most eggs and dairy products came from animals that lived miserable lives on factory farms, I gave up all animal products. That was ten years ago and I have never looked back. While I am an ethical vegan, there is no doubt in mind that a vegan diet is healthy and that I can get everything that my body need for my intense lifestyle. Regardless, like any other diet, planning is required.
He is in Phenomenal shape and I'm not discounting his veganism.
Basically, 50/50 with your examples.
So, I can argue meat got them all there and they are living off an already meat fueled body.
I can say wow Veganism or vegatarian diet helped them, who knows?
I agree that making outright assertions is silly. We can argue veganism all day. The way I look at it is certain diets work for some and not others. The one thing that doesn't support your implied assertion is many of these athletes were established then became great athletes.
In other words, was it meat and natural progression or was it veganism and natural progression?
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6/04/2008 12:00pm, #24
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First of, thanks Is it Fake for actually having a real debate with me, as I expected the next vet member to respond was just going to attack me. I've read most of the articles you quoted, so in response to that, I think you may have interpreted a few things wrong:
In the Tony Gonzalez article, it states that although he had difficulty at first and although his nutritionist "PERSUADED" him to eat chicken and such, he did not, "But Mr. Gonzalez managed to stick to his diet and hold onto the football. He broke the touchdown record before midseason..." I've also read in several other articles where he attributes his record breaking year to his "vegan" diet.
As Far as Carl Lewis is concerned, he was no doubt a fantastic athlete before the diet, but his best year as an athlete was the first year he went vegan, at the 1991 World Championships. These were no doubt his greatest performances as regarded by himself and others. Lewis credits his outstanding 1991 results in part to the vegan diet he adopted in 1990 in a lengthy book introduction.
So ya, aside from those interpretations I agree! I was taunting only because I got some taunts in the form of negative rep and **** talk...only because I posted advice on how to lean out....correct advice I feel. I know that the fact that I have "TKD" in my name further discredits me, but I did not realize this at the time I signed up ;). The term "Vegan" has a lot of stigma associated with it. Rightly so, as even I get VERY annoyed anytime I see some pale skinny waif of a hippy-homo whining and ranting about the animal's feelings and trying to push people to give up meat.
I started eating a whole foods, plant-based diet 9 months ago because athletes like Tony, Mac Danzig, Mahler and such inspired me...and I've had more than fantastic results so far. So I really feel compelled to try to share this with whoever I can, only because I really think that anyone who gives it a shot would really love it. If not for all the great ethical and environmental side effects, but just for how fantastic you feel and how much energy and resiliency you get. Trust, I know that meat is fuckin' delicious and I used to put away Jack Daniel's ribs like a champ. But knowing what I know now, and feeling how good I feel, I couldn't go back.
Oh, and the only point I was initially trying to make before was that, as an athlete, giving up animal products was not "nutritional suicide" as stated by a previous poster in this thread. It's not. TADA!!! Thanks all, peace!
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6/04/2008 12:32pm, #25Originally Posted by It is Fake
It was the culmination of blood, sweat, and tears that propelled these athletes towards success.
Eating habits are secondary, and could be considered a by-product.
Meat Eater, Vegetarian, Vegan...
...without the heart of a athlete, you will fail regardless.
6/04/2008 12:38pm, #26
I sounded more like a sanctimonious ass than I intended.
My point: Someone with the drive and heart of a professional athlete will make ANY eating arrangement work for them. They have the discipline, education, and motivation to ensure that any eating style is performed in a healthy and logical manner.
i.e. a Vegan athlete should understand that they'll need to eat a lot of combined foods to fill their protein needs (Beans and Rice, Tofu, Soy Product, TVP, Seitan, Tempeh, Spinach, Lentils, etc...). A meat eating athlete understands that they should minimize the amount of high cholesterol heavy protein they ingest while still maintaining their ideal goals.
As such, I think the idea of "Vegan Diet vs Omnivore Diet" is pretty much a moot point, all things considered.
6/04/2008 12:39pm, #27Originally Posted by Satori
They are all important. You don't eat properly, it doesn't matter what type of heart you have. You don't have the proper mental attitude/heart, it doesn't matter what type of diet you have.
Please, this is the PT forum lets not get into a mental/metaphysical debate.
They all go hand in hand.
6/04/2008 12:43pm, #28Originally Posted by Satori