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Bill Pearl

They think that to have big muscles you have to eat meat - it's a persistent and recurring myth. But take it from me, there's nothing magic about eating meat that's going to make you a champion bodybuilder. Anything you can find in a piece of meat, you can find in other foods as well.
Body builder. 4 time winner of Mr. Universe

Bill Pearl is one of the most famous body builders of all time, having won 11 bodybuilding contests, both as an amateur and professional, including Mr. USA in 1956 and Mr. Universe in 1953, 1961, 1967 and 1971.
Bill Pearl first decided to switch to this way of eating after he found that his blood pressure, uric acid levels and triglycerides were all far too high, which were putting him at risk of future health complications. He attributes these conditions, along with the joint pain he used to suffer in his early career with the meat-heavy diet he had been eating.

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They think that to have big muscles you have to eat meat - it's a persistent and recurring myth. But take it from me, there's nothing magic about eating meat that's going to make you a champion bodybuilder. Anything you can find in a piece of meat, you can find in other foods as well.
With each succeeding year of the diet, I've felt better. I'm more healthy, I can train with more energy, and I'm not as much of a "hard guy" as I used to be. I've become more concerned with my fellow man and the other inhabitants I share the planet with. …I have now been vegetarian for almost 20 years. We have no fish, fowl, or red meat in our diet. Yet I can still carry the same amount of muscle as I did in winning my four Mr. Universe titles. People can't believe it. They think that to have big muscles you have to eat meat - it's a persistent and recurring myth. But take it from me, there's nothing magic about eating meat that's going to make you a champion bodybuilder. Anything you can find in a piece of meat, you can find in other foods as well.