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F1's Lewis Hamilton Fuels Drive with Vegan Diet

  October 13, 2017    
 
 
 

Lewis Hamilton

Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton has joined the growing number of hard-driving athletes who use plant power to fuel peak performance. He’s been on a plant-based diet a month now, and in a new Instagram post he says he feels the best he ever has!

Hamilton quoteHe joins the ranks of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and Novak Djokovic; the NBA’s Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, and Jahlil Okafor; the NFL’s David Johnson and  Cardale Jones; and dozens of other elite athletes whose plant-based diets put them on the inside track to success.

Across the spectrum of sports, athletes have attributed a plant-based diet to improved endurance, strength, recovery, and concentration.

Williams says a vegan diet actually helped her get back in the game after autoimmune disease halted her career in 2011. Djokovic says a vegan diet made him more aware of his body on the court and more alert.

The science backs them up. A plant-based diet, which emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, provides healthy complex carbohydrate for energy, balanced with the protein and fat the body needs for training sessions and competition, but without the blood-sludging saturated fat that predominates in cheese and meat. A vegan athlete will get all the vitamins and minerals he or she needs to best perform, recover, and perform again.

Off the race course, a vegan diet will also help Hamilton’s race to fight climate change and his family history of heart disease and cancer.

 

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