Meet Australia’s vegan Sikh bodybuilder

Meet Australia’s vegan Sikh bodybuilder

Melbourne-based bodybuilder Rupinder Singh made the switch from vegetarian to vegan for all the right reasons.

His vegan diet and strict exercising schedule helped him win third place in his first ever bodybuilding competition held at Frankston in Melbourne’s south-east.

Vegan is an animal-free diet that has no meat, fish, eggs, or dairy. But can it hamper your progress to become a bodybuilder.

However, Rupinder has an interesting journey to share. “Being vegan doesn’t have to get in the way of your fitness goals,” he said. “Moreover, vegan is not only a lifestyle but a journey.”

Rupinder Singh told SBS Punjabi that his bodybuilding passion started after a friend taunted him saying that vegans like him cannot build muscles.

“My friend asked me jokingly where would I get protein for bodybuilding,” he said. “I was standing tall at the championship to prove that it can be done and you don’t need beef to beef it up.

“Trends are changing now. Athletes and fitness freaks are increasingly adopting vegan diets for ethical and health reasons. Just like a non-vegetarian person, you have to choose the foods that will help you achieve a good protein level.”

He believes that vegatarian and vegan gym-lovers can easily get their proteins from lentils, tofu and soy milk.

“If you’re serious enough, it’s easy to find a balance between routine workouts and a balanced diet. All you have to keep in mind is that a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet can provide you with all the nutrients you need.”

Rupinder Singh came to Australia on a student visa in 2013 from India.  He hails from the village of Kup Kalan in the Sangrur district in Punjab.

Rupinder aims to compete at the upcoming Arnold Classic Championship to be held in Melbourne in March 2019.

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