Vegan Athlete Marco Laterza's Hardcore Workouts

Marco Laterza
Per Bernal / M+F Magazine

If you still believe that you can’t build serious muscle on a

plant-based diet
, you haven’t been keeping up with Marco
Laterza. Born in Switzerland, this vegan fitness phenom is proof
that plates of dry chicken and heaps of grilled (and potentially
artery-clogging) steaks aren’t the only nutritional keys to a
sculpted physique. He adopted the vegan lifestyle a few years back
to combat digestive issues, and despite filling up on
tofu
and
quinoa
nowadays, Laterza is still every ounce the specimen he
was back in his carnivore period, as you can see at left.

You can’t just slap some tempeh on the stove in the hopes of
becoming a fitness model, though. In large part, Laterza’s
success is still rooted in a strict workout program designed for
efficiency and function. It may look simple, but the results are
pretty clear—it works. Read on to see how this fit vegan built
his world-class body.

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Some studies suggest vegetarians and vegans have poorer health,
but the majority of research shows that folks who avoid meat have a
lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and type-2 diabetes, plus have
a longer life span. A recent, large study in The Lancet found that
people who cut carbs and upped their animal intake had a higher
mortality rate than those who eat more plant-based foods.

And despite the bad rap of plant protein, 2017 research in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that as long as men
and women were getting at least the recommended daily allowance of
protein (0.8g per kilogram of body weight), carnivores and
omnivores had about the same muscle mass and strength.

Research also found that among endurance athletes, fueling with
plants or animals led to pretty much the same body composition.

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Vegan Athlete Marco Laterza's Hardcore Workouts