Vegan diets are becoming more and more popular with professional athletes and any serious competitor now has to ask themselves if being a meat eater stopping them reaching their full potential.
However, as with all diets it is essential that a vegan diet is balanced and suitable for an individual's caloric needs, but here are some great reasons to consider becoming vegan.
1. BEING VEGAN IS SIMPLY GOOD FOR YOU!
Plant-based diets are not only rich in antioxidants and fiber they, contrary to popular belief, give vegans easily enough protein, iron and calcium. In fact, the average meat eater eats far more than recommended amount of protein and way below the recommendations for fiber. As a vegan the only supplement you need is B12 which can be found in tablets or nutritional yeast. A vegan diet make you feel more energised making hard workouts seem easier and with plenty of reserves to go further for longer.
2. LOSE AND CONTROL WEIGHT
A vegan diet makes it easier to eliminate extra body fat because a vegan diet swaps saturated fats for healthier alternatives such as avocados and nuts. Plant based diets are now proven to reduce the risk of diabetes and have been shown to improve cardiovascular health and performance.
3. DAIRY PRODUCTS ARE BAD
Vegans have plenty of sources of calcium which are found in a much healthier format than milk or dairy in an foods such as dark leafy vegetables and in calcium-fortified soy milk and tofu. Again, saying that you will have calcium deficiency without dairy are misinformed. Evidence is often contradictory as to the extent that dairy products benefit bone health and prevent osteoporosis, but it is sure that milk and cheese is full of trans fats that studies suggest may raise the risk of cancer. These trans fats are only found in animal products and as they take more energy to breakdown, and as they are often stored as fat and not converted to energy used during your workout, they are more likely to leave you with less energy. Vegans benefit from more instant energy because they are not hindered with breaking down and converting trans-fats of dairy products.
4. THERE IS A LOT LESS VEGAN JUNK FOOD
Of course you can find vegan junk food, but it is harder to come by and usually expensive so you are less likely to eat foods like chocolate, sweets, biscuits and fast foods. But if you look you can still find treats like dark chocolate and other biscuits or sweets that do not use animal fats, often use cocao butter instead. Vegan athletes get plenty of power and high energy food from choices and like bananas, nut butter, and potatoes. Gels and energy drinks are vegan too.
5. SAVE YOUR MONEY, SAVE THE PLANET
Meat, fish and cheese are expensive, so when your shopping list is dominated by fruit and veg you will be spending significantly a lot less on food so being vegan is double win for you and for your pocket! Being a vegan reduces carbon footprint and is therefore better for the planet. The natural resources for raising life stock and the amount of space needed is now proven to be putting a huge strain on our earth.