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10 athletes that went vegan

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.

Meagan Duhamel

10 athletes that went vegan
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform during the Pairs Free Skating on day three of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2015 at the Mokdong Ice Rink on February 14, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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.

Novak Djokovic

10 athletes that went vegan
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup following victory in his Men's Singles Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

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.

Venus Williams

10 athletes that went vegan
LONDON - JULY 07: Venus Williams of USA poses with the trophy following her victory during the Women's Singles final match against Marion Bartoli of France during day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2007 in London, England. Williams won 6-4, 6-1. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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.

Serena Williams

10 athletes that went vegan
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates victory after winning her finals match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during day seven of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 4, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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.

Tom Brady

10 athletes that went vegan
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the bench during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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.

Mike Tyson

10 athletes that went vegan
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts" panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour - Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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.

Colin Kaepernick

10 athletes that went vegan
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017 at Barclays Center in New York City. Tune in to NBCSN on December 8 at 8 p.m. ET or Univision Deportes Network on December 9 at 8 p.m. ET to watch the one hour SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Sportsperson of the Year special. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

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.

Sergio Aguero

10 athletes that went vegan
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Sergio Aguero of Manchester CIty celebrates after he scores his sides fifth goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on January 12, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

Lewis Hamilton

10 athletes that went vegan
SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 7, 2018 in Suzuka. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

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.

Patrik Baboumian

10 athletes that went vegan
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 19: Germany's strongest man Patrik Baboumian poses at the 'The Game Changers' photo call during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Brian Dowling/Getty Images)

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.