Professional Boxer David Haye: "It’s a myth that you need meat for strength"
We’ve written about United Kingdom heavyweight boxer David Haye before, who after suffering a shoulder injury that kept him out of the ring for over three years, returned as a vegan and defeated his opponent in the first round in just 131 seconds. Of his plant-based diet, Haye had stated he watched a documentary about how animals are treated and killed and decided he “couldn’t be a part of it any more,” and once he made sure he could “obtain enough protein to fight,” stopped consuming animals and will “never go back.”
Now, in preparation for his upcoming match on March 4 against Tony Bellew, The Sun interviewed Haye about everything from the fight, his goals, and of course his plant-based lifestyle. Haye stated:
“I’ve had a plant-based diet for three years. It started when I was injured and was researching the best diets to heal muscles. All roads kept leading back to a plant-based diet – and when you look at the horrible way animals are treated, that made it easier to switch. I have a full-time chef and a good nutritionist who makes sure I get all the minerals and nutrients required, which isn’t easy in a plant-based diet. I feel better than ever, I look and feel younger.”
Even heavyweight boxers are not immune to the never ending concern regarding health on a vegan diet, and Haye tells The Sun how he deals with those questions:
“People say, ‘Where do you get your strength from?’. I say, where does an ape get his strength from? He’s 20 times stronger than a human and doesn’t have a meat-based diet. They eat plants all day long. It’s a myth that you need meat for strength.”
Haye made our “Top 7 Vegan Athletes of 2016” list, and while many people do not have access to a full-time chef, make sure to check out our Vegan 101 section to learn more about plant-based living and nutrition!
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