Veganism is on the rise. Well-planned vegan diets follow healthy eating guidelines and contain all the nutrients that our bodies need. Getting your nutrients from plant foods allows more room in your diet for health-promoting options like whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables, which are packed full of beneficial fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Let’s have a look at the football players who went vegan to improve their fitness and lifestyle:
The Argentine player went vegan after his doctor recommended it last year. He has been in superb form since then and his fitness has also improved a lot.
Arsenal and Spanish ditched animal products at the beginning of the season for health reasons and attributes the overall improvement of his physical condition to this decision: “At first I wanted to try it for a couple of weeks to detoxify my body and those things, but I felt so good after that I’ve been doing it for more than six months.”
Colombian midfielder went vegan at the beginning of 2018 for ethical reasons. When asked about his decision to adopt a plant-based diet, Perez replied: “For me, the world belongs to all living beings. That’s the reason for my decision and the respect I have for animals.”
Jermaine Defoe was inspired to go plant-based by the documentary What the Health, which shows the many health problems linked to eating animal products.
Manchester City midfielder switched to a plant-based diet earlier this year and believes it’s key to maintaining his overall well-being: “I feel that my new lifestyle is key to my state and my overall outlook on life. Strengthening how I view things on the whole.”