Mike O’Hearn Is Going Vegan!

TRANSCRIPT:

This video is just a quick response to Mike O’Hearn, or at the very least his followers who may end up watching it.

Because of James Cameron’s “The Game Changers”, Mike O’Hearn has decided to take on a 3-month vegan challenge, of sorts, where, starting on January 1st, he will go vegan for 12 weeks, and then test his strength, muscularity and bloods afterward. He posted this on Facebook yesterday, November 23rd.

Mike, unless you completely screw up your calories and macros, you shouldn’t lose any strength or muscle. I am just going to put that out there first.

Swap out the animal based foods for plant sources, and ensure that you are meeting your normal caloric intake with the same amount of fat, carbs and protein that you would typically be eating.

But, I do recommend that you supplement with good B-12 product, and also add flax, chia or hemp seeds to your diet for the ALA omega-3’s. You can even go a step further and pick up an algae-based vegan EPA & DHA product.

This is the one that I currently use, which is available on Amazon. I’ve linked to it below. It’s even on sale right now!

As you saw in The Game Changers documentary, there are plenty of examples of successful vegan athletes, including strength athletes and bodybuilders! So, I feel it would be repetitive to name-drop all of them in this response.

However, I don’t recall him being mentioned in The Game Changers, but I highly recommend that you check out Clarence Kennedy, who’s a vegan Olympic lifter from Ireland. He has a channel here on YouTube, which I’ve linked below for you to check out. He is impressively-strong!

And while I, myself, am not a competitive bodybuilder or powerlifter, I AM a dude who has continued to build muscle and strength on a vegan diet without any issues. This is a photo of me from 2016. I had been vegan for 3 years at this point.

And here is a relatively recent photo of me out with friends in normal lighting. The guy in the middle is a non-vegan, competitive powerlifter, just to provide some comparison. And I wouldn’t say he dwarfs me in any manner except in the height department, as I am 6 feet tall, and he is over 6.

I went vegan back in 2013. I was a vegetarian before that, and I haven’t had meat since 2002!

So, if you properly monitor your diet, as I know you clearly do, you should have no issues with strength or muscle as a vegan.

I do look forward to hearing your feedback and seeing your results come April.

Keep in mind, based on data from the massive EPIC study, which is one of the largest cohort studies in the world, with a sample size of 521,457 healthy adults, it was found that vegan men, on average, have about 7% higher total testosterone and about 5% higher FREE testosterone than do meat-eaters. And when vegans were compared to vegetarians, the differences were found to be about 8% and 2% higher respectively… in favor of vegans, that is.

And the researchers behind that paper had controlled participant data for factors such as age, smoking, exercise, timing of blood draws, BMI, and more.

And for the record, steroids ARE vegan, but duck eggs are not!

Just bustin’ your balls, Mike. I know you’re full-natty!

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

 

REFERENCES

Vegan Omega 3 Supplement https://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Omega-Supplement-Support-Softgels/dp/B074N5JZK8/ref=as_sl_pc_qf_sp_asin_til?tag=cormcc01-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=bce659b08812485ded39c1d63bc8fbf2&creativeASIN=B074N5JZK8

Clarence0 YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/clarence0

Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-I but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2374537/pdf/83-6691152a.pdf

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