After watching the Netflix documentary “Game Changers” we thought we’d discuss some of the top vegan athletes in the sport. The vegan debate is getting louder than ever and we can no longer ignore the fact that – plant-powered athletes can be just as effective as any athlete powered by animal protein. But there’s a lot of biased, one-sided information out there.
Watching Game Changers There were a few key points that didn’t add up. 2 What really stuck, when the guy on the ropes who never lasted more than 8 minutes suddenly went on for more than an hour after being a vegetarian for a few weeks, we ain’t swallowing that.
Also about how much damage is done to the earth by animal farming in 15 minutes and how much water it consumes. If humans started feeding all the plants, then the same or more land and water would have to be used for intensive farming.
That being said, we should be aware of the health and performance benefits of plant food and protein. If you doubt that a vegetarian diet will provide enough nutrients, protein, and energy to sustain a professional athlete, the ones below are strong evidence that plant protein and a vegetarian lifestyle work.
Lewis Hamilton – F1
The six-time Formula One World Champion is widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. World champion Lewis Hamilton is now the driving machine for healthy eating and is a relatively new member of the list of vegan athletes after first adopting a vegan diet in 2017. After speaking to CNN, Hamilton said that “it’s crazy. I’m not putting on excess weight, because with this new plant-based diet, I can have more carbs that you would normally have diet-wise.” But I’m not going to complain, I love pancakes so that’s great. Hamilton is one of the most successful vegetarian athletes of all time.
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Novak Djokovic – Tennis
This may surprise a lot of people but the world number 2 player Novak Djokovic is a vegetarian yes one of them greatest tennis player All the time and he eats plant food! He also opened a vegetarian restaurant called Equita in Monte Carlo in 2016.
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Venus Williams – Tennis
7 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic medals, all while battling a serious autoimmune disease. Following a strict and mostly raw diet, the tennis star turned vegetarian in 2011 to combat her Sjogren’s syndrome. Venus had this to say about her vegan lifestyle – “Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for myself”
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Renowned for his insane goal scoring rate of over 150 Premier League goals, Defoe is one of England’s finest assets. When his girlfriend convinces him to try vegetarianism, he feels that he has successfully adopted the lifestyle change. “I don’t find it difficult to give up because I know that scoring a goal gives me the feeling I feel,” he said. Defoe made his debut in England in 2004 and made 57 appearances, scoring 20 goals.
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Patrick Baboumian – Strongman / Weightlifter
Babaumian has been a vegetarian since 2005, and became a vegetarian in 2011. This German-Armenian strength and former bodybuilder is a machine, and it’s proof that you don’t need animal protein to get massively powerful. Patrick competed in several weightlifting and bodybuilding events and emerged victorious in each. In 2013, he broke the world record for the yoke walk by carrying 550 kg (1212.54 lb) for a distance of only 10 metres, breaking his own record in 2015 by carrying 560 kg (1234.59 lb).
David Hay – Boxer
David Haye is a British boxer with world titles in two weight categories. In 2008, he won three of the four major boxing world titles at cruiserweight. Hay was one of only two boxers in history to unify the cruiserweight world title and become world heavyweight champion, retiring in 2018.
Kendrick Farris – Weightlifter
Farris is an American Olympic weightlifter and finished 11th in his weight category at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. During the Olympic Trials on May 8, 2016, Ferriss broke American records by lifting a total of 831 pounds (377 kg) – 370 pounds (168 kg) in the snatch and 461 pounds (209 kg) in the clean and jerk.
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Nate Diaz – UFC
American UFC fighter turned vegetarian at 18, Nate has said that – “I think you are a smarter and more intelligent fighter [when you go vegan]. Me and my brother are on top of the game and have been for a long time. Diaz is the most successful vegan athlete History of the UFC.
Scott Jurek – Ultra Runner
Jurek is an American ultramarathon runner and one of the first vegan athletes known to the public, the winner of 16 prestigious ultramarathon titles and a personal record of running 165.7 miles in a 24-hour period – averaging 8:42 per mile. . Scott has been a vegetarian since 1997 and practices and advocates a 100% vegetarian diet and claims that it is important in supporting endurance, recovery and health. On deciding to go vegan in college, Jurek said: “It was definitely a long-term decision, not one made for short-term performance gains.”
Also on the notable vegetarian athlete list is Hannah Teeter, an American snowboarder and three-time Olympic medalist.
Tia Blanco is a professional surfer and winner of the Open Women’s World Surfing Championships 2015 and 2016
“Game Changers” featuring Dotsi Bosch is a seven-time USA Cycling National Champion, a two-time Pan American Champion, and an Olympic silver medalist.
Jack Lindquist is an American sprint cyclist.
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