From tennis and cycling, to bodybuilding and football, to runners and swimmers, athletes of all kinds are making the switch to a plant-based diet. Buy why? In short, because a plant-based diet may improve an athlete’s performance and recovery. Here’s a closer look at 6 of the top reasons some athletes like Tennis champion Venus Williams or NFL player Dennis Williams are choosing a plant-based diet.
Plant-Based Diets are High in Nutrients (both macro- and micro- ) and antioxidants which increase performance, recovery and reduces fatigue. Plant-based diets are also typically high in unrefined carbohydrates which provide our brain with its primary source of energy, glucose as well as glycogen to muscles. (1)
Plant-Based Diets Promote Fat Loss as they are high in fiber and low it fat. (2) Studies show that people who eat more soluble fiber have reduced appetite and belly fat. (3,4) Reduced body fat is associated with increased aerobic capacity. i.e. the less you weigh the faster you can run, cycle, swim, etc thus improving athletic performance. (3,4)
Plant-Based Diets are Anti-Inflammatory. Plant foods such as fruit and vegetables are high in antioxidants which can support the decrease of both acute and chronic inflammation. In fact, plants have about 64 times the amount of antioxidants that animal foods do, which is why measures of inflammation can be reduced by as much as 29% in just three weeks on a plant-based diet! (5,6)