Last week I wrote about a challenge a friend of mine and I have going. We are comparing the high protein, low carb (Atkins) type diet to a vegan diet to see which provides muscular development, stamina and strength while working out. My friend will be doing Crossfit workouts while I will be doing P90X. His theory is that cellular growth and repair is only possibly with a high protein diet. I disagree and believe a well rounded diet, such as the vegan diet, is the healthier alternative and will provide the energy and cellular growth needed to continue to improve in your workouts.
His diet: (High protein, Low/No Carb)
Eggs, meat(chicken, red meat, bacon, etc), fish a couple times a day
My diet: (Vegan)
Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, couscous, Ezekial bread or whole grain bread, whole wheat or brown rice pasta)
Tofu, tempeh, Seitan
Lots of vegetables
Nuts, beans, lentils
We both completed a benchmark exercise to track progress. My friend will be basing his muscular development and stamina with box jumps, while I will be using pushups. We will be completing these exercises on a weekly basis to determine improvements in strength.
24 pushups in 1 minute, 16 in one set, then 5, then another3