Never in my life have I ever been a vegetarian and until 2 months ago I wouldn’t have even contemplated the idea. However, things have changed and here’s why.
On Monday 4th September, I embarked on my third 12 Week Fitness Challenge. The first time I just wanted to tone the body back up and focus the development of discipline and consistency of my training. The second one I wanted to focus on pushing heavier weights and tone ever further. This time however I didn’t want to just do the same thing and so I thought why not take on the challenge as a vegetarian.
Here’s the list of reasons why.
1. I want to understand more about a vegetarian diet and how it relates to weight training.
- What are the daily dietary requirements I need to build muscle?
- Improve my understanding high protein vegetables
- Learn to create high quality vegetarian meals
2. Learn to create a weekly meal plan that give me the calorie requirement I need whilst staying in the ratio of 50% Protein / 30% Carbohydrates and 20% Fats
3. I want to see how my body reacts to not eating meat
4. I want to explore and changes to the body from being a vegetarian.
- How will my energy levels be?
- Will I feel healthier?
- Will I feel stronger?
- Will I experience increased or decreased brain fog?
5. Will I go back to eating meat after being a vegetarian for 12 weeks?
There is of course the ethical debate about whether humans should eat meat or not. For this particular dietary challenge I’ve embarked on, I will be honest and say it’s not the primary reason why I have chosen to be a vegetarian, however 12 weeks is a long enough time to reflect on this ideology and decide for myself where I stand on the matter.
My biggest obstacle to overcome…….. I Hate Cooking.
Yep, I’m not a cook. At this moment in time I see food has protein, carbs and fat. I don’t see taste and colour and texture and ingredients. But I know if I am going to get through the next 12 weeks I have to learn and learn quickly.
Over the next 12 weeks I will be writing about this experience and as well as documenting the 12-week training challenge.
SO! Let the Challenge begin.