Hello, again! We’re back and ready to answer a question I get on the reg: ”I’m a [insert plant-based lifestyle/diet here] — will the Body Type Programs work for me?”
The short answer is yes. But you know we’re all about those juicy deets, so read on to find out how the programs are designed to accommodate both plant-based and meat eaters on the path to getting those gains.
As a quick refresher, the MoMoMuscle best sellers (The Fighter and The Surfer) are all about helping you achieve your dream physique through building muscle and dropping excess fat. The Fighter focuses on creating more masculine muscle proportions and The Surfer on emphasizing more feminine curves. If you’re not sure what program is best for you, check out the Body Type Quiz.
Now for a little nutrition science: We know that building muscle means lifting weights, but it also means eating strategically, and part of that formula is eating enough protein. When you’re plant based, it also means obtaining your protein from diverse sources. Why? Because unlike meat, plant-based sources of protein don’t have all the essential amino acids — and they’re essential for a reason. This just means you have to be a bit more thoughtful about what you’re eating to make sure your diet is well-balanced and optimized.
The Body Type Programs take this into account. Along with your standard-diet meal plan, each program comes with a meat-free plan. You’ll also find a plant-based macros food chart to give you suggestions on how to get 30g of protein in each meal. The key to success is following the blueprint for calculating your personal macros based on your goals and where you’re at, so you can optimize your results — animal protein included or not.
As with any diet, the key to good nutrition is variety. This is especially important if you want to build muscle as a vegan/vegetarian. While getting enough grams of protein for the average veggie-lover might not be an issue, when you’re trying to build muscle and get that tight physique, making sure you have all the necessary elements (those amino acids we talked about) takes more than just one or two high-protein foods. Here a short list of protein-dense vegan-friendly foods to get you started:
- Legumes (beans, peas, lentils) *chickpea pasta tho*
- Tofu & tempeh
- Nut butters *cashew butter hits*
- Seeds & nuts *hemp seeds oof*
- Vegan protein powders
- Nutritional yeast *cheesy*
- Cocoa nibs *smoothie life*
And as a ✨special bonus✨ here’s a morning Power Oatmeal recipe straight from Coach MoMo’s pantry to give you that “starting the day off right” energy:
- ¾ cup of gluten-free oats
- 1 tsp of maca powder
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (or flavor of choice)
- 1 tsp of peanut butter (sub: any nut butter)
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp (each) of additional seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)
- 1 tsp of: lion’s mane, lucuma powder, ashwagandha, cacao powder, turmeric, and matcha powder
- Top with berries/banana slices
- Cook oats according to directions on the package.
- Add in maca, protein powder, and optional powders of choice — mix well.
- Top with fruit, seeds, and nut butter.
P.S. You can get into fun things like black bean fettuccine, tofu sausage, chia seed pudding, tofu scrambled eggs, tempeh bacon, chickpea pasta with nutritional yeast, and cook up some creative bowls of oatmeal that really hit with all the added protein. The fun never stops!
Sustainable changes are end-game, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with the Body Type Programs. Remember, the right meal plan for you is the one that gets you results AND leaves room for you to live your life. We’re in it for a long time *and* a good time (yes, I really did just say that and don’t care if you cringe because it’s true 😌).