Nimai Delgado

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Photo credit: Nimai Delgado

If anyone ever questions whether you can build muscle on a plant-based diet, show them a photo of body-builder Nimai Delgado.

What’s even more impressive is that Nimai was raised as a vegetarian by his lacto-vegetarian Hindu parents1Plant Based News. 2019. Vegan Bodybuilder Nimai Delgado Built This Body Without Ever Eating Meat. Available: [Accessed 6 May 2021]., so no one can argue that he built his muscle on animal flesh before going vegan.

Nimai was one of the many sportspeople to appear in the Game Changers documentary and has a huge influence on social media, where he shares what he eats on a daily basis to prove plants are powerhouses of protein.

…your masculinity is not a reflection or result of the food you eat. Period. If you think eating meat somehow solidifies your masculinity, then I invite you to explore that and ask yourself where you learned that concept & how you’ve come to identify food with masculinity.2Delgado, N. 2021. Twitter. Available: [Accessed 6 May 2021].