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V3 Plant-based Fitness

Vegetarian Bodybuilding

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Foreword vii

Chapter 1 The green world 1

Finding food is too hard 4

Food tastes disgusting or is poisonous 5

Food is not nutritious enough 6

But what about the predators? 8

Nitrogen - the key limiting factor 9

How herbivores access nitrogen 12

Chapter 2 Herbivores are fussy eaters 15

Seeking out the best: flush-feeders 15

Going with the flow: seed-eaters 17

Prolonging the supply: grazers and gall-makers 20

Creaming off the best: fast-track feeders 23

Catching the late run: senescence-feeders 26

Double-dipping 29

Chapter 3 With a little help from microbes 33

Dung-eaters 33

Detritus-feeders 43

Chapter 4 Meat-eating vegetarians and cannibals 47

Strictly vegetarian? 48

Starting out carnivorous 51

Opportunistic predators Cannibalism

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Chapter 5 Feeding the favoured few 63

Territorial behaviour 63

Social dominance hierarchies 71

Chapter 6 Inefficient killers 79

Lions and other inefficient killers 80

Bungling invertebrates 84

Food supply is the key 88

Chapter 7 Plagues, outbreaks and the tyranny of weather 93

Weather's dramatic effects 93

Successful reproductive strategies 100

Weather can affect food quality 104

Afterword 111

Further reading 115

Index 119

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