We have been sold a lie, quite brilliantly that we must consume meats and dairy products to maintain health never mind competing at the highest level.
The objective here is to show how vegan can not only excel in the physical world but many top performing athletes credit their diet to reaching this height in their careers
Here are the top 5 vegan athletes that have propelled themselves to the forefront of their chosen field.
Patrick is a beast of a man, competing in the most grueling sports in the world. He is a vegan strongman with world records in multiple events. Born in Iran but moved to Germany with he stated completing at an early age, he turned vegan in 2011 and has never looked back.Patrik is a prime example that we do not need to consume dead beings to produces immense power.
2. Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis was a very impressive athlete with a staggering record in the indoor long jump. He has won 9 Olympic medals that spanned over an incredible career. Some of his records still stand to this day which makes it even most impressive. Carl won medals in the 100 and 200 sprints, long jump and even relays. Truly an amazing athletic with him being awarded the honor of athlete of the century. Carl turned vegan for health reasons and went on to say "I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet. Moreover, by continuing to eat a vegan diet, my weight is under control, I like the way I look."
3. Pat Reeves
All the mentioned athletes in this post are pretty special but Pat Reeves is in a league of her own. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 32 and decided she would fight it through nutrition. She went on to win multiple titles in different weight class in powerlifting. Truly inspiring and shows what a vegan diet can do for you.
4. Scott Jurek
A list of the most incredible vegan athletes could not be accurate if it left out Scott Jurik. Scott is arguably the greatest ultramarathon runners on the planet. His list of achievements is nothing short of amazing. He has won:
winning the Western States 100 mile endurance run seven times
- winning Leona Divide 50 Mile four times
winning Millwork 100k three times
becoming the first American winner of the Spartathon (246k), before winning a second time
setting ten ultramarathon course records
winning at least 24 ultramarathons between 77km and 246km
setting the American 24-hour record with a run of 165.7 miles.
His latest indeavour was the incredibly difficult 2189 mile Appalachian trail when he managed to beat the record and really solidify as one of the greatest of all time. This has all been done thriving on a plant-based diet. Scott converted to veganism in 1997 and never looked back since.
5. Alex Dargatz
Alex Dargatz is a vegan bodybuilder. He is living proof that vegan can get shredded and promotes the theory that it may, in fact, be easier to get ripped eating a vegan diet. Alex won a world title in 2005 while completely being vegan. He is a fantastic specimen and an inspiring figure the world around for vegans in the fitness in the fitness industry.
"I don't really have a [nutrition] program anymore! I used to be very strict on my diet before becoming vegan, but now I just eat whatever I can find, as long as it is vegan...I don't eat industrial foods and try to eat as much organic food as possible. I never eat anything that has artificial flavour, preservatives, hydrogenated fat, flavour enhancer or that sort of crap in it. In general, I try to eat fresh and nutritious vegan foods, lots of fruits and veggies, nuts, lentils, seeds and so on, and add protein to it (soy and wheat products). I also enjoy vegan treats, but I try not to eat too many sweets (except self-baked cakes).
"My power has increased since becoming vegan, especially my endurance, and I almost never get ill anymore."
"There simply is no need for us to consume animal products and we cause a lot of harm by doing so; that is the definition of crime. I couldn't be anything else but vegan after understanding that."