How to Build Muscle on a Vegan Diet

| March 2, 2013 | 31 Comments

In this quick video, learn how Noel Polanco ‘The Vegan Fitness Star’ achieves tremendous strength and a ripped body by eating a plant only diet consisting of mostly fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes and rice. The Vegan Fitness star is living proof that a Vegan diet can provide sufficient protein and nutrients required for muscle, strength and fitness. Dear Reader : What are your Muscle building Secrets ? For more Info, videos, and resources please visit :

This delicious coconut cake prepared by master raw food chef Ani Phyo contains only natural, raw ingredients, such as nuts, dates and pure oils. It’s one of many simple, super-nutritious recipes in her innovative cookbook ANI’S RAW FOOD ESSENTIALS.
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  1. chepe371 says:

    It does, relatively. But if you’re on a vegan or predominantly plant-based diet, then you aren’t taking in much fat anyway, so you can spare a few extra spoons of PB.

  2. Lad H says:

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  3. Gogglewearingfreak says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was doubting myself because my mom was saying that I wouldn’t be able to gain any muscle if I was a vegan, but now, along with having to search more healthy foods online, I can do it!! (hugs)

  4. ihatemakeup1 says:

    haha i respect you a lot!! nice body!! i just thought it was funny how you were at a playground XD
    go vegans <3

  5. quietstorm403 says:

    i gotta share this amazing video with you, called VEGAN WARRIOR on channel  Rawsomeliving1

    its by a raw vegan guy in UK doing some of the most insane difficult body stunts ive ever seen ! Incredible

  6. samlool123 says:

    How to Build Muscle on a Vegan Diet?
    Work out.

  7. Lochie Rose says:

    You are not “building muscle” here buddy. ‘How to build strength on a vegan diet’ would be more appropriate

  8. 1487gabe says:

    Most top athletes also eat meat

  9. inofaith says:

    Cool man, but wouldn’t you rather eat beans and mushrooms as a source of protein? Peanut butter has protein but most of it is fat.
    Low fat high carb ftw right?

  10. inofaith says:

    False, top athletes only absorb 20 to 30 grams of protein a day with intense training. The body has a ceiling for protein absorbtion.

    If you eat enough (3000 calories) plant food including beans, sprouts and mushrooms you’ll get more than enough protein. The rest should be fruit and other carbs (rice pasta) for energy.

  11. ChilenoPiscean22 says:

    Thank you for helping break the myth on vegans. It’s people like you that make me proud in my choices. Rock on from one body building vegan to another!

  12. ChilenoPiscean22 says:

    B12 is fortified in MANY different foods, from cereals,to alternate milks.ALso superfoods like inca berries, nutritional yeast etc…once you visit health foods stores, you realize how many natural super foods have b12.
    Further more, certain bacteria has b12, so eating your organic fruits and veggies, will give you b12. B12 is also stored in your body, so you dont even have to eat things with b12 everyday.

  13. 1supkillsbats1 says:

    How do you if you’ve never been open minded enough to try it? If you eat DEAD MEAT that’s exactly what you will become sooner rather than later! Try it man you won’t regret it

  14. TheCoolVegetarian says:

    Best to ask him on his channel

  15. theselector says:

    Does Peanut Butter have a lot of fat? Do u eat a particular organic type of Peanut Butter?

  16. theselector says:

    How do u get B12?

  17. joseaod15 says:


  18. iamnickd says:

    Google “Patrik Baboumian.” He is a champion Strong Man from Germany and holds a number of world records for log-lifting. He is also vegan. Meat is not necessary to build larger muscles. Athletes only need muscles large enough to perform specific actions; runners for instance will be inhibited by the weight of a very muscular upper body and tend to look more lean. Noel here is not claiming to be big, he’s claiming to be strong—and it’s obvious that he is.

  19. rsdave38 says:


  20. TeaRiverBridge says:

    Vegans really do act and look similar to one another …

  21. HybridD91 says:

    You won’t see it because bodybuilders don’t train for much, if any, muscle use outside of a gym.

  22. miguel111093 says:

    thanks for the feedback 😀

  23. Pat Stevenson says:

    I bet you 100% I’ll be completely downvoted for this, but for body building you just can’t afford not to eat meat. Theres no doubt this guy is incredibly fit, but he’s no body builder.

  24. CestDes Conneries says:

    Going vegan and getting fit isn’t about gaining that much muscle mass. It’s about getting healthy. If you really want to gain that much, yeah you need to eat meat. Granted you’ll have a much higher chance of getting prostate cancer if you get too much meat, but you can get all that weight you want. You’ll build muscles, but the plants help your health

  25. jongleurette says:

    Look up “vegan calisthenics” to see Noel’s partners.

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  27. 2008Raw2008 says:

    oh, I was thinking, you could use a hamburger press for forming the cakes. looks delicious! ordering your book ASAP!

  28. Emissha says:

    I’ll try it for sure!!!! 😀 Thank you for all inspiration Ani.

  29. ccavancookie says:

    can’t wait to try it!

  30. SirJellyBelly says:


  31. joyisaware says:

    Thanks 4 sharing another Awesome recipe!

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