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    Converting to vegetarianism

    Anyone got any ideas of the best sources of protein and how much of it I need to eat?

    Currently I'm cutting so low carb sources is preferred, but would also like some ideas for when bulking? A rough Google shows stuff like tofu having a 3rd of the protein content as chicken, so how do I get the same protein supply without the extra calories?

    Thanks in advance.
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    There is no need to be low carb to cut. In fact, it will make it harder if you are going vegetarian because most plant based sources combine carbs and protein like lentils, beans, chick peas, grains, legumes etc.

    And if you are going vegetarian because of ethical reasons then that's your choice - but if you believe it's because it's healthier - I would have to disagree. It's easier to construct a healthy diet from mixed sources.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    There is no need to be low carb to cut. In fact, it will make it harder if you are going vegetarian because most plant based sources combine carbs and protein like lentils, beans, chick peas, grains, legumes etc.

    And if you are going vegetarian because of ethical reasons then that's your choice - but if you believe it's because it's healthier - I would have to disagree. It's easier to construct a healthy diet from mixed sources.
    It's for ethical reasons, however I'm not outright cutting it out, just reducing it down to here and there, so thus I need a vegetarian based diet for 90% of the week
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    Vegetarian is super easy. Eggs and dairy are great sources of protein. And if you are watching calories then lowfat or nonfat dairy is available.
    And if you add stuff like lentils, beans, quinoa etc plus just the trace protein found in pretty much everything else, protein will sneak up on you and you will most likely get enough unless severely restricting calories or making some really weird choices.
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    Originally Posted by desslok View Post
    Vegetarian is super easy. Eggs and dairy are great sources of protein. And if you are watching calories then lowfat or nonfat dairy is available.
    And if you add stuff like lentils, beans, quinoa etc plus just the trace protein found in pretty much everything else, protein will sneak up on you and you will most likely get enough unless severely restricting calories or making some really weird choices.
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    Originally Posted by desslok View Post
    Vegetarian is super easy. Eggs and dairy are great sources of protein. And if you are watching calories then lowfat or nonfat dairy is available.
    And if you add stuff like lentils, beans, quinoa etc plus just the trace protein found in pretty much everything else, protein will sneak up on you and you will most likely get enough unless severely restricting calories or making some really weird choices.
    This. I don't eat meat & I have no problems getting enough protein from tofu, lentils, beans, nuts, oats, bread, yogurt etc. Even if you don't consume enough protein because you're eating low calories & making bad food choices, just dump some whey protein into some plain nonfat Greek Yogurt & you got yourself almost 40 grams of good-tasting quality protein.
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    Originally Posted by Lewieotbc View Post
    Anyone got any ideas of the best sources of protein and how much of it I need to eat?

    Currently I'm cutting so low carb sources is preferred, but would also like some ideas for when bulking? A rough Google shows stuff like tofu having a 3rd of the protein content as chicken, so how do I get the same protein supply without the extra calories?

    Thanks in advance.
    I suggest making the switch when you're done cutting. Chicken and fish are too good for cutting. The protein and micronutrient content per calorie is hard to match.
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    OP I have to ask, why are you cutting at 6-2 and only 160lb?

    To each their own, but just IMO you’d be better off lean bulking...
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    OP I have to ask, why are you cutting at 6-2 and only 160lb?

    To each their own, but just IMO you’d be better off lean bulking...
    Idk about "to each their own". I think cutting at this height and weight is a terrible idea for a man, basically across the board.
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    Originally Posted by Strawng View Post
    Idk about "to each their own". I think cutting at this height and weight is a terrible idea for a man, basically across the board.
    I agree.

    Sadly, some people choose to make bad decisions... not much one can do but to tell them it’s not going to be very fun living as a shredded twig (something I know all too well)
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    There is no need to be low carb to cut. In fact, it will make it harder if you are going vegetarian because most plant based sources combine carbs and protein like lentils, beans, chick peas, grains, legumes etc.

    And if you are going vegetarian because of ethical reasons then that's your choice - but if you believe it's because it's healthier - I would have to disagree. It's easier to construct a healthy diet from mixed sources.
    This times a million, just thinking about the overflow of fiber from a vegetarian lifestyle makes my stomach cramp. I've never personally seen a vegetarian(a real one) reach anywhere near their genetic potential without using gear. The amount of food/shakes you have to intake just to reach sufficient protein is insane.

    Carbs are our friend and necessary for gains/healthy body. I wish this low-carb fad would stop already.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    There is no need to be low carb to cut. In fact, it will make it harder if you are going vegetarian because most plant based sources combine carbs and protein like lentils, beans, chick peas, grains, legumes etc.

    And if you are going vegetarian because of ethical reasons then that's your choice - but if you believe it's because it's healthier - I would have to disagree. It's easier to construct a healthy diet from mixed sources.
    ^^^^^ this.
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