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Muscle-Building Workout and Diet

Translator: Mohand Habchi
Reviewer: Bighead Ge (Cheers) (Applause) So as he said I am Josh. I grew up in a family
of meat and potatoes. I had a gourmet chef grandmother, a deli daycare where
I would be dropped off everyday eating amazing food. So if you take a look
at my family background, it’s not really surprising. So on my mom’s side,
they grew up in Argentina, this is the place where you have
a lot of dairy farmers including my family. You add to that my dad’s
side of the family, Fort Worth Texas born and raised, myself as well. This is a place where
you literally still have cattle drives through the middle of town. So you put those two together
and what do you get? Not surprisingly, pretty much every meal that
I ate was a giant pile of meat. At one point in my life
I really would literally brag, that I ate steak, every day,
for forty days. And I thought that
it was an accomplishment. So it all changed,
on a very fateful trip. I like going up to lake Tahoe, one of my favorite things to do. This is a trip that normally
takes 4 or 5 hours, We got stuck in a really bad snowstorm, so about 10 hours, into what should be a 4-5 hour trip. We are all really stir crazy in the car, and we are having lots
of crazy conversations. At one point we were making animal noises to keep ourselves entertained. We got the car turned off, everyone was basically
sleeping in their car. and we got on the subject of nutrition. So a very good friend of mine up in
the back of the audience, Brian Robin, was really the man with a plan. He started talking about
a plant-based diet, and you had a car full of
extremely skeptical people, myself included, we had you know, four other people
in the car besides Brian, we are peppering him with questions, saying there’s no way this is possible, there’s no way you can be healthy. You know coming from my perspective, you know all I really knew, I learned a lot about cooking
from my grandmother and I really enjoyed cooking, I enjoyed cooking for my friends, but the foundation of everything
that I would cook was really meat, and so I may make a side dish, but it’s a side dish
it’s a second thought. So, you know after this long
conversation with Brian, I think he did a very good job
of inspiring the rest of the group. So those four others of us in the car, all decided to go seven days,
no meat whatsoever. So we were all a little bit of a
support group in each other, challenging each other
to try seven days no meat. I think if you were to ask
those who knew me at all, they would say: “Josh, going seven days, with no meat?” Not only no meat, but no
animal products whatsoever. They’d have told you that
it’s absolutely impossible. And so after the seven days, day eight, the first thing I did A – I ate a giant pile of pulled pork, and then B – I sort of reflected, it was actually very easy for me
to go seven days with no meat, no animal products whatsoever. And I took a look at
my own family history. I have two grandfathers who
had quadruple heart bypasses, not very surprising given what I have been talking
about my family history. I have a grandmother who
passed away from diabetes, I have lots of cancer in my family. And so all these things together, really said well maybe
I can try thirty days, and so thirty days quickly turned
into more than a year and a half, on a purely plant based diet. And so I didn’t go into it lightly, when I took a look at my own situation, I spent 10 or 12 years
really bulding my body. I really enjoyed physical fitness, I really enjoyed bodybuilding, and I had a major concern
that I would waste away, I would be skinny and sickly, and all this work that I put in
would just completely disappear. So after more than
two and a half years now, of doing not only plant-based
but then maybe mostly vegeterian, totally a non issue. I actually found that not only
was I able to continue increasing my strength
and my performance, but also saw massive gains
in endurance as well. So the other big concern, one of my favorite things to do is to eat. It’s one of my favorite ways
to interact socially. And so I was concerned that you know, this is going to be a very
difficult thing for me to do. It’s going be a battle, day and
day out resisting things. So for me it was much less
about what I was giving up and much more about what
I was actually coming to learn. So rather than feeling
I got missing out on foods, I really felt, that I was opening my mind
to so many different things that I would have never put on my plate. I haven’t been focused still
on that giant pile of meat. The results, you know unfortunately
I didn’t get younger or taller as a result of this experiment. I did precipitously drop my cholesterol, and this is a level that
maybe some people, wouldn’t say that was extremely dangerous, but pretty high level cholesterol, that cholesterol drop
happened extremely quickly as did the weight drop. I didn’t think I had 35 pounds to lose. But I lost 35 pounds, I dropped
my cholesterol precipitously, noticed massive improvements in: my performance, my ability to function in my work and in my job. Some mental improvements, as well as physical improvements. And so I think this all really
started with my friend Brian and a lot of literature that I read, and my own family history inspiring me, to take about, you know, 30 days to make this change. And hopefully, my inspiration, these things that inspired me, can also be an inspiration for you, to believe that this is
possible for you as well. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “A vegan bodybuilding experiment: Joshua Knox at TEDxFremont

  1. It's well known that a plant based diet (+fish and eggs with moderation) is the way to go. If you add to it phisical activities, having hobbies and friends, craving for new experiences and doing meditation and yoga…. well, your body and your mind will be much healthier and resilient to stress and illnesses.

  2. Yet another meat eater turned vegan. Nothing special here. He built his muscle on meat first. Notice how he doesn't tell us what he eats, or how much muscle he made. Only a reference to 15% increase, which doesn't mean much. Endurance improvement comes mostly from the increase in carbs (carb loading). Strength is a relative term. Pretty useless TED talk.

  3. aah. . ."mostly vegetarian". . .that's why he was able to stay pretty muscular I guess. . .anyway, good on him for changing his life

  4. Great talk !!! If you go vegan you change so many things as well – you are saving the lives of many animals – who are tortured to death, and you also are going green !!! Try it out.. i am !!!

  5. "I grew up in a familly of meat and potato". End of the story. You will find out that all the so called vegan athletes have built a strong body from a childwood of eating meat and dary. Now they will tell you "hey look how strong and muscular I am eating only vegetables".

  6. Every creature and plant on earth consumes animals. A constant percentage of an herbivore's diet is through eggs and insects on the plants they eat. So good luck with that…

  7. I am also a vegan bodybuilder.
    I am making more gains with a plant based diet.
    Meats definately hold you back from absorbing important nutrients and proteins

  8. no homo love you bro i always thought nutrition was the weakest reason to vegan but when its a long life or a longer life ill take the longer life everytime

  9. What was his plant based diet ….corn and grain ? Theres a difference between not eating meat and what you eat instead, if his carbs were still high (corn/grains/pizza) then he's still in line for metabolic issues, You must have vegetables/eggs/cheese etc this does not involve slaughtering any animals and you get the nutrients you need, I have lived this way for many years and can do a lot of crossfit and still feel fine.

  10. parents died from diabetes, cancer, heart disease? So e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y does of one or t'other eventually. BUT if they had been body builders they jes may hav lived healthier longer. See, it's not th meat eating alone that killed them. Not everyone does well on an all plant or all animal product diet. Some do some don't, on either one. I prefer a carefully select combination of both which is what would probably work for most people

  11. I love me some industrial toxins in my food
    "The top three sources of industrial toxins in the diet are fish oil, fish, and eggs"

  12. I love me some industrial toxins in my food
    "The top three sources of industrial toxins in the diet are fish oil, fish, and eggs"

  13. SMH , the excess and abuse of food is the problem ! Ignorant people is the problem ! not the meat nor the fat nor the sugar, there's no such thing as bad foods, is really that people need to get educated and understand homeostasis.

  14. Amazing. It is the way to go… Work Hard, Eat Good Food and Live Happy. The transformation can be unbelievable if one eats the right clean version of food that's good for one's body and build an amazing body naturally.

  15. My grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer Disease and though my mother did not carry the gene, it's me who's going to inherit it in my older age. That's why I embark on this plant-based lifestyle now in my 20s to prevent from not only Alzheimer but also cancer, heart disease, and hypertension. Is anyone going through the same journey? I'd love to hear your stories. 🙂

  16. He is not vegan any more. Check his Instagram, one of his last meals:
    "Had an insane chest pumped fueled by that gravy train. Omelette filled with an entire diced chicken fried steak, hash browns and cheese😋"

  17. Hydrolized vegetable proteins (HVP) such as vegans love to tout as as superior proteins contain excitotoxins that can damage neurotransmitters so good luck to you vegan body builders.

    (I wish that any person who objects to th consumption of animal products please not eat any animal or their products in order that more is available for those who DO want animal products)

  18. All veganism is, is a form of nature worship this is why th science/health aspects of it ultimately do NOT hold water. It is ancient; rooted in ancient hinduism. It's tolerable when practised as was originally intended, part of spiritual/religious discipline and does have some beneficial health effects when done properly and NOT as ideology BUT to expect that th whole world must adopt it as th one n only diet or even th majority diet as most vegans seem to believe, is not just crazy, it's I-N-S-A-N-E !!!!!

  19. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or HVP, is produced by boiling cereals or legumes, such as soy, corn, or wheat, in hydrochloric acid, and then neutralizing the solution with sodium hydroxide. The acid hydrolyzes, or breaks down, the protein in vegetables into their component amino acids. The resulting dark colored liquid contains, among other amino acids, glutamic acid, which consumers are more familiar with in the form of its sodium salt, monosodium glutamate, or MSG.

    Hydrolized proteins can damage neurotransmitters

  20. Vegan revolution is slowly taking over the world!
    For your health, for the planet, for the animals!


  21. Great Stuff! I Can absolutely relate to this! I was (like everyone) afraid I will lose all my muscle on a Vegan diet. Couldn't be further from the truth! Thanks For this Video, and If You have the Time give my channel a quick look – not only bout Fitness. But Philosophical Topics & Plant medicine reviews (mushrooms / Ayahuasca etc)

  22. In Argentina, everything we ate was steak. Steak, steak, steak. We asked one of the locals what Vegetarians eat, and he responded "Chicken."

  23. I have been a vegan for over a year now. I haven't noticed any difference in muscle building ability. I get sick less. Thats the only real physical change.

  24. Not a critique, just some questions: aren't plants living beings, just like animals? Why isn't natural to eat living beings? For what I know, it is simply the cruelty of nature.

  25. wow, my cholesterol dropped to 177. I got a ways to go. But great being under 200, never could get under 200 before. Also lost more than 20 lbs. This guy was so lucky to have his friend suggest the issue. Good story.

  26. i had hypothyroid. doctor told me you have to take thyroid pill for the rest of life.
    i was shocked and haven't accept this I followed doctor recommendation for 1 year in which my thyorid comes to normal with 3months then
    I researched and heard alot of benefit of vegan diet I experiment for 2month and then my natural thyroid starts tocomeback then I decided to leave the pills for 3 month and I was shocked that my thyoid slowly coming back. after 6month of vegan diet. my tsh come to 0.5 without pills.
    Remember my TSH was 9.8 when I tested first time.

  27. Guys can anyone link a good proper vegan diet plan, I've tried and failed so many times because I always felt exhausted, I really wanna do it long term but I can't find a good balance, if anyone can send me on some kind of simple to follow diet plan I'd really really appreciate it!

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  30. when switching to a plant based vegan diet it is CRUCIAL to eat enough calories every day!!! that's the main factors of why people fail on a vegan diet. they simply aren't eating enough calories

  31. Humans are designed to eat Meat!
    Meat does NOT cause cancer!!
    This is an outdated inaccurate video!
    Science has proven this to be totally WRONG!!!!!!!

  32. I'm in my early 60's. For moral reasons I became a vegetarian in the mid 90's. I'm ashamed that it took me so long but I finally became a vegan 6 years ago again for moral reasons. When I first became a vegetarian, I wondered what effect this would have on my health because of the misinformation of the nutritional needs to live a healthy life. I had family and friends telling me I would get weak and sick. I was overweight and ended up losing weight. I felt better and had more energy. Fast forward to 6 years ago and I wondered again if the lack of dairy in my diet would possibly affect me in a negative way. I had noticed some mild arthritis set in in my 50's. I didn't expect this but about 4 months after becoming a vegan the arthritis completely went away and at my last yearly physical my doctor looked at my blood work results and just said "whatever your doing just keep doing it".

  33. Not a vegan anymore though, as soo many other stories. These guys only tend to last a few years before crawling back to meat 😉

  34. If you feel like a plantbased diet might be something you wanna try, give the free documentary "Dominion" (2018) here on youtube a watch. It will make this healhier lifestyle a lot easier by giving you an additional reason.

  35. I ate vegan 7 mos. Got weak and hungry all the time. Lots of gas and bloating. Became hypoglycemic. Scared me. Went Keto. Within 8 weeks became strong and lean. Blood tests awesome. Now 6 mos. and stronger, more muscle, lean waist, healthy. This proves that vegan isn't for everyone, no diet is for everyone. Find out what diet is best for you.

  36. A little bit of meat is okay we talking 2-3 times a month. Balance is key, prophet Muhammed(pbuh) ate little meat a warned against eating it too much.

  37. Being vegan is a movement it is not just about getting away from meat for health reason, it is also about caring for life, empathy, rational thinking, taking responsibility for environment. Being vegan results in 360 change in perspective about life. A thought experiment for everyone, what happens if lets say middle east becomes vegan.

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