Nimai Delgado

Nimai Delgado is an American professional Men’s Physique bodybuilder and vegan athlete. Nimai has been vegetarian his entire life, but in 2015, he switched to a 100% vegan diet.

What started as Nimai’s personal mission to stay fit and healthy. Eventually, it turned into a ‘full-blown’ movement which educates people how it’s possible to gain muscle and stay ripped on a plant-based diet.

“I am taking a stand against the violence, suffering, and death of innocent living beings. I am helping people understand, realize, and learn that it is possible to push your body to its physical peak and compete against elite athletes while living a vegan lifestyle!”

Nimai now uses his social media presence to spread his message about the vegan lifestyle far and wide – here’s his story:


 

Nimai Delgado doing cable crossovers shirtless

“Learn how to look inside yourself for answers, not outside. By practicing mindfulness we can really tune into how/why we are feeling and then once we identify it we can make a shift. But first, you have to learn how to calm the mind and become aware of those feelings!”

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Nimai Delgado
NationalityProfessionEra
AmericanMechanical Engineer, Men's Physique IFBB Pro, Online Fitness Coach2010
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionMechanical Engineer, Men's Physique IFBB Pro, Online Fitness Coach
Era2010


 

Nimai Delgado taking a selfie of his ripped back

“What motivates you?  I believe that too many of us forget to search deep within ourselves to find what truly motivates us. We are told from a young age to grow up and get a good paying job to buy nice things. But we are rarely taught to follow our heart and do what makes us happiest.”

Accomplishments

2015

  • Fresno Classic, NPC, Men’s Physique Class C, 2nd
  • Fresno Classic, NPC, Men’s Physique Novice Class C, 1st

2016

  • Grand Prix Championships, NPC, Men’s Physique Class B, 2nd
  • Fresno Classic, NPC, Men’s Physique Class C, 1st
  • USA Championships, NPC, Men’s Physique Class C, 1st – Pro Card Earned
  • Sacramento Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 6th

2017

  • Hawaii Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 8th
  • San Jose Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 5th
  • Vancouver Pro, IFBB Men’s Physique, 7th

 

Nimai Delgado doing hanging leg raises shirtless, looking conditioned and muscular

“Life becomes so much clearer when you have a purpose. Your purpose will constantly inspire you and provide the necessary motivation to work for it.”

Biography

Vegetarian From Birth

Nimai Delgado was born in South Mississippi, and was raised vegetarian by his Hindu parents.

“Both of my amazing parents are converted Hindus, and I was raised with a strong sense of compassion. Growing up, my diet has always been about 95% vegan, with the exception of dairy products.”

Alongside Nimai’s healthy diet, he was also active and fit from an early age. He took part in sports and other extracurricular activities which kept his strength and stamina at high levels; gradually building a foundation for his fitness journey which he later embarked upon.

Becoming a Vegan

In 2015, Nimai decided to transition from being a vegetarian to vegan. He cut out all of the dairy, eggs, and other animal products from his diet to become a 100% vegan.

Nimai’s reason for this decision was simple – he wanted to live the healthiest lifestyle possible, basing his diet on unprocessed, plant-based foods. Another reason why Nimai wanted to become a vegan was to spread awareness on the health, as well as the environmental benefits of leading this lifestyle.

Here’s Nimai explaining more about why he wanted to become a vegan;“I decided that I wanted to not only live the vegan lifestyle, but I also wanted to help spread awareness on how to become the best version of yourself while living this lifestyle.”


 

Nimai Delgado flexing his arms in front of a beautiful natural scenery with lake and mountains


Fitness Star on the Rise

Throughout his journey as a vegan, Nimai trained hard in the gym to build a body that represented his lifestyle. He wanted to show people how it’s possible to eat a plant-based diet, and still look muscular and ripped – using himself as an example.

Throughout the years, Nimai has become successful in his aim – he added serious amounts of muscle mass eating grains, beans, avocados, lentils, salads, and other vegan foods; proving to everyone how plant-based diets can be just as effective for building muscle as any other diet.

But Nimai didn’t stop there. He took everything a step further, becoming a Men’s Physique competitor.

By the end of his first year of competing on the bodybuilding stage, Nimai won several contests. Including the NPC USA Championships, which saw him become an IFBB Pro.

Nimai Delgado Today

Nimai continues to put efforts in his cause of promoting a plant-based diet and active life.

He hopes that with his example, he’ll inspire as many people as possible to have a diet and lifestyle that are both healthy, and environmentally-friendly.


 

Nimai Delgado sitting with vegan food on the table and flexing his biceps

Training

Nimai likes to have a lot of volume in his workouts when he trains for size. He feels that doing many sets and reps, combined with heavy weight loads, induces the highest levels of muscle hypertrophy.

However, when preparing for a bodybuilding contest, things look a little different in Nimai’s training routine. Around this time, he’ll drop his workout volume down, and also decrease the weight.

Nimai does this mainly to avoid a muscle injury, as cutting down to low body fat levels makes his body more prone to receiving damage.


 

Nimai Delgado shirtless in the gym holding a weight plate with one of his muscular and ripped arms


Nimai’s Arm Workout

When training to gain size, Nimai will follow his principle of incorporating high amounts of volume while using heavy weights. He’ll also use progressive overload, as he says; “I do 4 sets of each exercise and my rep ranges are 12/10/10/8 with increasing weight each set.”

The exercises;

  • Heavy Barbell curls
  • Seated dumbbell curls
  • Preacher curls
  • Single arm cable curls
  • Tricep pushdowns
  • Close grip bench
  • Skull crushers
  • Cable kick backs

 

Nimai Delgado on a Men's Physique stage looking ripped and muscular

“Even though vegan pizza isn’t the healthiest vegan option. I still like to live a balanced life and satisfy my cravings sometimes. It’s important to know that one piece of pizza won’t make you fat just like one salad won’t make you skinny.

I would rather satisfy my craving than completely eliminating certain foods from my diet and end up binge eating and falling off track.”

Nutrition

Transitioning From Vegetarian to Vegan

When Nimai was a vegetarian, he ate 95% plant-based diet alongside consuming animal products like eggs and cheese.

But once he transitioned to full vegan diet, there was no more room for any animal product. Nimai says the transition wasn’t difficult for him, the only slight problem he had was cheese on the pizza which he could no longer eat.

However, as there are vegan alternatives to cheese. Nimai quickly adapted to his new lifestyle, and continued dieting and training without any problems.


 

Nimai Delgado wearing a grey tank top and showing his vegan meals to the camera


“You Are What You Eat”

Nimai is a firm believer in the saying “you are what you eat.” In his opinion, there is a big correlation between the foods he eats, and the way he looks and feels.

For this reason, Nimai chooses to eat only the healthiest of foods – including dark leafy green vegetables, whole grains, beans, etc.

Soy and Hormones

Nimai believes how increased estrogen in men who consume soy is just a myth.

He says how soy is completely harmless for men’s hormones, and is in fact, one of the best sources of plant-based protein.

Nimai also says how soy “contains all of the essential amino acids and is a very quality source of protein.” He continued; “In fact, soy actually has shown to decrease the likelihood of certain types of cancer in men.”


 

Nimai Delgado standing in the gym posing for a photo in black tank top, looking ripped


Diet When Cutting

When Nimai wants to cut down his body fat for a contest, he’ll have six meals – each meal having this macro ratio;

  • 35 grams of protein
  • 15 grams of carbs
  • 11 grams of fat

Nimai says it’s okay if he goes a few grams above or beyond of the targeted macro range per meal. That is, as long as his overall daily intake is in align with his goals.

An example of one of these meals would be;

  • 1 packet of vegan chicken
  • 1 avocado
  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach (Nimai never counts the exact weight of his veggies. He always tries to get as much as possible as they are low in calories, and rich in fiber)
  • 1 medium yellow squash
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • Lemon Juice and Balsamic vinegar for salad dressing

 

Nimai Delgado taking a selfie of his flexed triceps and obliques in a mirror


Nimai Delgado’s Favorite Vegan Dish

Nimai’s favorite vegan meal is a fresh avocado on toast. He’ll typically have this for breakfast, as it’s rich in fats and carbs which give him the energy to begin the day.

  • 1 whole  avocado
  • 2 slices of toasted whole-grain bread
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • A dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Oregano

 

Nimai Delgado standing shirtless on top of a red canyon, looking lean and muscular

Idols and Influences

Niami draws inspiration to keep preaching about veganism, all thanks to his fans and everyone else who shares a similar mindset.

His followers, as well as other fitness influencers who promote a healthy and active lifestyle, are all people whom Nimai Delgado looks up to. He uses their success stories as motivation to continue pushing forward in his endeavors – both in fitness, and life.


 

Nimai Delgado smiling for the photo, wearing red tank top

“I’d always rather have a passport full of stamps than a bunch of material things I don’t need. You’ll eventually forget about those shoes you bought that one time, but I guarantee you that you’ll never forget that one sunset you watched from the top of a mountain in a foreign land. Accumulate experiences. Not things.”

What we can learn from Nimai Delgado

If anything, Nimai Delgado has shown us that you don’t have to do what everyone else does to become successful.

Many people doubted Nimai on his journey towards becoming an IFBB Pro as a vegan. People said how there’s no way he could get as far as he wanted by just eating plants, but he proved everyone wrong by accomplishing each and every goal he set for himself.

What this tells us, is that you should strive towards your goals without trying to replicate what others are doing. Focus on your own path, and stay true to yourself – just like Nimai Delgado did.

11 comments

  1. Leslie

    January 24, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Great article!

  2. Christine

    January 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Useful article! Love it!

  3. Linda

    January 25, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Very inspiring! I am motivated now to look into plant based diet!

  4. Karen

    January 27, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    How does Huel stand up? Is it a healthy option?

  5. Gray

    January 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you for your valuable insights based on uour daily experiences.

  6. adriene

    February 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    What is his height? 🙂

  7. Scott

    May 28, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Great profile and thanks for the info on Nimai Delgado. What an impressive physique, and totally busts the myth that you have to follow an unhealthy animal protein diet to compete at high levels of athletic performance. I have been vegan for 19 years and vegetarian for 29 years. I increased my workout intensity in the past few years, and at 53 I am running my fastest 5K time ever and can do sets of 60 pushups and 17 chin-ups. I attribute much of my health and excellent fitness to my long-term commitment to a healthy diet free of animal protein and fat.

  8. Sarah

    August 21, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Nice Personality!!

  9. Margarita

    August 24, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    What a beautiful young man, very wise for his years, much success, Namaste Peace and love…

  10. ETHAN RICAFRENTE YAMAMOTO

    September 9, 2018 at 5:33 am

    ” Nimai could become the man the represents peace on earth, what a beautiful and poetic man. .. ”
    ” It makes perfect sense as to where his body has got to, his up bringings, and it only further developed w his own ways of how to solve the problems . ..
    the most amazing part was his intelligence to not be gulable to people’s believes and ways but he researched and trial through the development of his own body experience “..
    It has been 8 weeks since I have not eaten meat and it is challenging, the guys at my gym recon I’ll die.. .. I’m sticking to protein based plants and B12 “. 🎈Thanks Nimai you are a role model.

  11. Dominick Faircloth

    December 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Nimai Delgado is one of the best living examples that no animal has to die for us to make strength gains! 🙌🏼💚

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