Before I jump into this, a word on promoting male stereotypes: We do not, in any way, promote an ideal male or female body type or image (please read these articles on toxic masculinity and why we should recognize what we do to reinforce these cultural norms ourselves) . This is intentionally an article about male competitive body building, and why going vegan is totally applicable to this lifestyle, and also healthier. I have included some names of competitive female bodybuilders at the end, but it is not the focus of this article.
We advocate for health, which definitely does not need to involve body building, in fact, I think many or most body builders do ENORMOUS damage to their body in the pursuit of the single minded goal of bulking up, not to mention stress injuries and other common sports injuries that are a risk factor in any athletic pursuit. I (Suzi) am not a physical trainer, but I have clocked several hours in Rehab medicine, assisted on many studies, read many protocols for treatment and do a lot of research. Therefore, I can say it is likely POSSIBLE to be a bodybuilder, maybe even a competitive one, and to be healthy while doing it. I don’t have the answer, but what I do know is that going vegan responsibly would go a LONG WAY to addressing some of the health concerns that would be generated by ingesting that much saturated fat, and animal protein.