Most people believe that if you want to become big and strong, you need to eat your meat, oh, and lots of it. But, thanks to science, we're finding out that athletes can improve their athleticism by adopting plant-based and vegan diets. But does it actually work? We'll let you be the judge.
When it comes to ice skating, Meagan Duhamel is one of the best, and she has the medals to prove for it. An Olympic medallist and world championship winner, Duhamel is a proud vegan and animal lover. Though she has since retired from ice skating, she won a bronze medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics under a vegan diet. It just goes to show you; you don't need to eat meat to succeed in athletics.
Whether you're a tennis fan or not, you know who Novak Djokovic is. He's easily the best male tennis player of all time, of course, it depends who you're cheering for (we're a little biased). But the sixteen-time grand slam champion did get to where he is eating meat. On the contrary, Djokovic is entirely vegan and admits his diet has helped him improve on the court and recover faster from injuries. Turning vegan was a huge switch for him, as the country he comes from, Serbia, has a diet mostly based on meat.
The Williams sister is fierce on the tennis courts, and one of them, Venus, lives her life under a plant-based diet. Actually, she's raw vegan. In 2011, she was diagnosed with a rare condition, which slowed down her seven-time grand slam career. She decided to change her diet drastically, switching completely to raw veganism. And the results were outstanding. She quickly noticed an improvement in her health, which helped her restart her tennis career.
Oh, did we say only one Williams sister went vegan? We forgot to add, Serena, the other sister, also decided to go vegan. Once she saw her older sister Venus take on a vegan diet, she chose to follow Venus's footsteps. Now, under a vegan diet, Serena is performing even better. Serena has an outstanding twenty-three grand slam tournaments under her belt, making her one away from breaking the all-time record. Maybe her new vegan diet will help her reach her goal.
For American football fans, there are a couple of players that come to mind when you ask them who the best football player is of all time. Tom Brady will definitely pop up in the conversation because, well, he's an amazing player. But what you probably didn't know is that he's also a vegan. Though he's a huge sharer when it comes to his personal life, Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen have ditched dairy and are living on plant-based diets.
For a guy who once bit the ear off his boxing opponent, it's shocking that he decided to go vegan. Or maybe that was his inspiration for the switch? Who knows. But Tyson didn't make the switch to veganism until after he retired from boxing. Though he wasn't boxing at the time, it's a good example of possibly one of the most feared people in sports, making the decision to cut meat and dairy out of his life.
Tom Brady isn't the only American football player to say goodbye to meat. Colin Kaepernick, a football player, and activist also decided to change his diet, but it wasn't a decision made because of sports. Kaepernick made the decision to go vegan due to ethical beliefs. Of course, his extra boost in energy and improved agility is just a bonus.
If you ask Aguero what the recipe for his football success is, he'll tell you, "no more pasta, no more sugar, and no meat." Sounds simple enough, right? But he's not the only vegan football player out there. Lionel Messi, Hector Bellerin, and Jermain Defoe all exclude dairy and meat from their diets. The new surge of energy in Aguero can be easily seen on the playing field, and he has his vegan diet to thank for that.
When it comes to being vegan, no one does it better than Lewis Hamilton. Not only is he one of the most famous Forumla1 racing drivers out there today, but he's also a prominent vegan. Though he wasn't using his influence to promote his cause, Hamilton also began to become more active in the vegan community, even winning PETA's Person of the Year award for his activism on the environment. Hamilton even went a step further and invested in a vegan food fast food joint in London, England.
If you've seen the documentary The Game Changers, then you already are familiar with Patrik Baboumian. If not, then be prepared to have your mind blown. Patrik went vegan back in 2011, and he's a bodybuilder. Yeah, that's right, a bodybuilder. Which makes you wonder how he's able to lift such heavy weights while being on a plant-based diet. He thanks his vegan diet in helping him make history by carrying a record-breaking 550 kilograms over ten meters.