A vegan diet is a great way to maintain a healthy weight and improve your overall health. It is entirely possible to acquire all the necessary nutrients and protein your body needs with a plant-based diet and it also can be essential to giving you an edge in your fitness journey. There are several well known vegan athletes that have accomplished impressive goals while consuming a strict vegan diet. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular vegan athletes.
Known for his multiple achievements in the world of MMA fighting, lightweight champion Mac Danzig is one of the only vegans in the MMA world. He is constantly working to change misconceptions about plant-based diets in the athletic community and was even featured in the documentary “Forks Over Knives”. Mac has maintained a vegan diet for over fourteen years and has seen a positive shift in peoples attitude towards diet in recent years.
You can’t talk about notable vegan athletes without mentioning Scott Jurek. Jurek is one of the greatest marathon runners of all time. Known as an ultramarathoner, Jurek holds several records and medals, including the American 24-hour running record and the record for the Appalachian Trail. He began eating a plant-based diet almost twenty years ago to focus more on his long-term health.
Vegan since birth, Jehina Malik is a force to be reckoned with in the world of female bodybuilding. She is the first vegan athlete to be awarded the title of IFBB Professional Bodybuilder and credits her plant-based diet for her success.
It not only possible to improve your health and maintain a healthy weight while consuming only a plant-based diet, but also compete and win in a variety of sports and athletic competitions. Take it from these vegan athletes, being vegan does not mean maintaining the status quo, it means being able to surpass it.