Originally Posted by chrisis
You can get protein supplements in the form of powders and such which are good enough. There are plenty of vegetarian/vegan bodybuilders. The need for protein is usually exaggerated. Beans and soy are healthy protein rich alternatives to meat.
The myth is that there is a myth about the required amount of protein / protein absorbtion. Supplements are not essential for bodybuilders as your micro and macronutrients can be achieved through a proper balanced diet (hint: that's why they're called supplements
)That said, some supplements would still be strongly recommended so I'm talking strictly in the dietry sense here.
And if you are a vegetarian then you are going to have an exceptionally hard time to match the diet of a meat eater. I would say that frankly you're not going to get a proper balanced diet without supplementing like you mentioned.
Which then raises the question, why follow a diet that is only healthy when supplemented?
Edit: Also, supplementing protein in powder form is not ideal. Not all protein is created equal. Not all protein is the same. You can't just supplement "protein" and expect it to be the equivalent to that of someone following a proper diet.
Edit II: I've yet to see any convincing argument for veganism. Every vegan I've known has been loaded up with veggie-science and spurts half-truths and whole lies. Charlatans you could say.