Sports superstars on plant-based diets

Plant-based diets are often frowned upon, especially by people who believe that meat is the best source of protein. This is why plant-based diets aren’t at all popular in the weightlifting and bodybuilding scenes. However, John DenBoer suggests that plant-based diets are actually quite beneficial, even for extremely active individuals and mentions that all the nutrients a person consumes from the diet are enough to enhance athletic performance.

On that note, here are four sports superstars who swear by their plant-based diets.

Ryan Reed: Accomplished NASCAR racer Ryan Reed has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for quite some time now. He has been active in the promotion of awareness of health and fitness. Reed’s plant-based diet helps him through his extremely busy and demanding lifestyle – which wouldn’t be possible if the said diet was flawed, notes John DenBoer.

Michaela Copenhaver: The sport of rowing can be as demanding on the body as any other sport. Michaela Copenhaver has been nothing short of a superstar for the sport, and a legend among U.S. Rowing National Team circles. She became a vegan in 2012, and has mentioned that she hasn’t been sick or gone past her ideal weight since. In fact, she notes that she’s getting stronger.

Scott Jurek: One of the best examples of a plant-based diet working wonders is Scott Jurek. This world-renowned ultramarathoner has been on a plant-based diet for over 20 years and has been winning and breaking records everywhere.

The Williams Sisters: Probably the most well-known athletes on this list, John Denboer mentions the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, as amazing examples of how beneficial plant-based diets can be. After Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disease in 2011, Serena supported her by changing her diet as well. The following year, the sisters won gold in the Olympic doubles competition.