The trend of turning vegan has been hitting the sporting stage of late and the latest entrant in the scene is none other than the Indian Football Team captain, Sunil Chhetri.
While it remains a debatable topic for many, the athletes who have switched their diet have been reaping fruits and how. Ask the likes of Lionel Messi and Virat Kohli for that matter. Playing in their absolute monumental form, these two men have conquered their respective sport to perfection.
Joining the fray is another captain, Sunil Chhetri, who in a recent interview with The Times of India, revealed that he has switched the wagon too. So there was this obvious question whether there was an influence of Virat in his decision, to which he responded,
“I did chat with him about that. I used to make fun of him. Once when we did things for Star Sports he ordered for some idli and I asked him what was wrong with him.”
Speaking further, the 34-year-old Bengaluru FC skipper admitted he is in regular touch with Virat and most of their conversation are related to the sport as well as the fitness.
“Most of our chats are about football and diet. Virat turned vegan almost six months back and now I’m vegan as well. He is different from others in person. He trains like a footballer, he talks about body fat and sprints. I didn’t start (the vegan diet) for the love of animals, but I’m doing it because it helps in recovery.”
Apart from helping in recovering, studies have shown the vegan diet helps the athletes in gaining the necessary protein, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients. It also lowers the rate of heart diseases, diabetes and obesity as it is free from cholesterol and saturated fats, which is usually found in meat and eggs.