'You Don't Need Meat To Build Muscle', Says Vegan Bodybuilder

"The daftest thing I hear about veganism, and I hear it on a fairly regular basis, is that vegans can't make muscle, you need meat for protein. My argument is always, of course, 'why am I twice your size then?'."
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Paul Kerton aka Hench Herbivore (Photo: Animal Aid)

A vegan bodybuilder says you can build muscle without eating animals.

Paul Kerton, aka YouTuber Hench Herbivore, made the comments in a promotional video for the Animal Aid Summer Vegan Pledge, a 30-day vegan challenge that takes place in June, and encourages people to ditch animal products for 30 days.

Building muscle as a vegan

In the video, Kerton – who is also a nutritionist and personal trainer – revealed the most ridiculous thing someone has ever said to him upon hearing that he is vegan.

"The daftest thing I hear about veganism, and I hear it on a fairly regular basis, is that vegans can't make muscle, you need meat for protein. My argument is always, of course, 'why am I twice your size then?'."

Kerton went on to share why he decided to go vegan eight years ago, saying that he researched the health benefits of a plant-based diet, and realized that those following such a diet have a reduced risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

"Everybody should sign up to the Animal Aid Summer Vegan Pledge, being vegan is the best thing we can do," he concluded. "Apart from the obvious benefits to the animals, veganism benefits the planet and ourselves. It's win-win-win across the board."

Kerton's video for Animal Aid

Vegan Summer Pledge

"The Summer Vegan Pledge is the perfect opportunity for those who care about animals, the environment and their health to try a plant-based diet for a month," Animal Aid Campaign Manager, Tod Bradbury, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

"It has never been easier to go vegan, with new vegan options coming to supermarket shelves, coffee shops, independent shops, health food shops, and restaurants seemingly on a daily basis.

"By taking the Summer Vegan Pledge, you will be helping animals and the planet, and also making positive changes for your health, so why not give it a go?"