Hi Mr Bhutan,

How important is eating vegetable while building muscle? 

A big guy at the gym told me that it is really not necessary. 

-Tshering Pelden 

Hi Tshering,

Listening to and imitating the “big guy” at the gym is the most common mistake most people make. Just because one is big or muscular doesn’t mean he or she is qualified and experienced enough to guide and advice other people.

Everything in nature and in our life is interlinked. So is eating vegetable to build muscle.

Benefits of eating vegetables daily to build muscle

1. Maintains a healthy digestive system: 

Vegetables are high in fibre which help clean out the digestive tracks while getting rid of toxins and food waste. If your digestive system is not functioning optimally, toxins level will rise and the ability to absorb nutrients from food will decline, meaning you will not be able to recover and grow from your intense muscle building workouts, increase in toxins will weaken your immunity thereby increasing the likelihood of getting sick, get sick and your progress will stall and than hastily decline.

2. Source of Vitamin and minerals: 

Vegetables provide Vit C, Vit A, Vit B, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, potassium. etc. which will help improve your health,  enhanced immunity, better muscle recovery and better muscle contraction.

3. Prevents over eating: A meal that has vegetables in them will create more satiety and sustain and stabilise blood sugar levels. It creates volume in your stomach, preventing over eating hence preventing the dreaded fat gain.

Consuming vegetables is absolutely important not only to build muscle, but also for overall health and wellbeing.

Tshering Dorji
(Health & Fitness Guru. Three times Mr Bhutan) For queries email at


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