Super vegan athletes

June 16, 2012

I am sure every person that follows a vegan/plant-based diet often hear from some people that they could not follow a plant-based diet because because they need more protein (because of their active lifestyle).

It is really great to see that the WBO welterweight boxing champion, Timothy Bradley is a vegan.

Here are some interesting articles related to Timothy Bradley:

  • PCRM – Link
  • Business inquirer – Link

Yet another super athlete that proves that you can get enough protein from a plant-based diet, and be the best amongst their peers.

Other successful super athletes that are vegan/plant-based:

  • Martina Navratilova – tennis player – 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles
  • Carl Lewis – 9 time Olympic gold medal winner
  • Dave Zabriskie – elite cyclist, Tour de France competitor
  • Brendan Brazier – ultra-marathon champion
  • Scott Jurek – ultra-marathon champion
  • Mac Danzig – mixed martial arts, ultimate fighter
  • Rich Roll – elite ultra-distance endurance athlete
  • Surya Bonaly – Olympic figure skating champion
  • Peter Burwash – Davis Cup winner and professional tennis star
  • Ruth Heidrich – 6 time Ironwoman, US track and field Master’s champion
  • Keith Holmes – world-champion middleweight boxer
  • Dave Scott – 6 time winner of the Ironman triathlon
  • and more (see links) – great vegan athletes / athletes who don’t eat meat.
If you structure the vegan/plant-based diet to use protein rich foods such as legumes and lots of leafy green vegetables, it can provide a huge amount of protein.  The added benefit is that it is not as acidic as animal based foods, is not as energy intensive to digest and utilise the food (which helps reduce recovery time between training sessions) and does not have the added fat, cholesterol and hormones you get from animal-based foods.

So, next time someone uses the “protein” excuse, remind them of some of the very successful athletes.