A vegan diet is often criticised for being too low in protein, making muscle building tough but Fitness Trainer, Luke Tan, is proof that it is possible to achieve an impressive physique even as a vegan.
Q1: How and why did you decide to become a vegan, and how long has it been?
Luke: The inspiration came from my wife, who made the switch and experienced an incredible shift in her chronic digestive issues and since that has pivoted my interest to be become a vegan. I’ve been a vegan for almost a decade now.
Q2: What keeps you motivated to carry on with a vegan lifestyle?
Luke: My joint issues went away, my blood markers improved, I’m staying lean, healthy and many of my allergies went away. It also drives my career and my focus. Every single mouthful is a vote for a cleaner and greener world. This journey is about health, animals, and the planet – so why not?
Q3: Any tips for active individuals who would like to go vegan?
Luke: Firstly, focus on possibilities. Instead of having the mindset that you need to limit yourself, why not focus on the choices available? In Singapore, there’s a plant-based version of almost anything. For example, there are vegetarian chicken rice or other vegetarian dishes available.
Secondly, focus on fibre, not protein. A standard diet doesn’t fulfil the recommended daily fibre intake, but a plant-based diet can double or even triple that amount.
Lastly, commit to it. Give yourself at least 3 weeks to a month. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. But if you fully commit, many people find that they actually feel a lot lighter, a lot clearer and a lot more energetic as well.