I want to start off by saying thank you for all the interest in my diet & what I ate to cut as a vegan bodybuilder 🙂
In this article, I’ll share with you what I ate for my contest prep, leading up to my two most recent bodybuilding shows. Here’s roughly what I was eating every day, but it varied a bit from day to day, with calories getting lower closer to the competition date. There’s a table with the macronutrient breakdown, showing the calories, protein, carbs, and fat of everything I ate, as well as the cost. If you’d like to see my comments on the topic, you can check out this video 🙂
Here is the detailed nutrient and cost breakdown (the last few columns are probably of interest):
Note: You may have noticed I made a mistake with putting in the calories of the avocado here, so the total calories/ protein/ carbs/ fat are actually a bit lower than what they actually were.
As always, thank you so much for reading, and take care!
Some articles mentioned in the video and related readings:
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Clark, S., & Duncan, A. M. (2017). The role of pulses in satiety, food intake and body weight management. Journal of Functional Foods.
Darmadi-Blackberry, I., Wahlqvist, M. L., Kouris-Blazos, A., Steen, B., Lukito, W., Horie, Y., & Horie, K. (2004). Legumes: the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people of different ethnicities. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 13(2), 217-220.
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Winham, D. M., Hutchins, A. M., Thompson, S. V., & Dougherty, M. K. (2018). Arizona Registered Dietitians Show Gaps in Knowledge of Bean Health Benefits. Nutrients, 10(1), 52.