NBA Star Tried Vegan Diet, Felt 'A Lot Lighter and Faster'
NBA guard, Ben Gordon, of the Golden State Warriors, went on a vegan diet earlier this year and, like many vegan athletes before him, felt his energy increase as a result.
Gordon, who has since returned to eating meat, tried out a vegan diet for a few months that included the final six weeks of the season last spring and several weeks of the offseason.
He told NBA.com, that though he discovered he needed a bit more strength to handle his arduous NBA schedule, his energy did increase on the diet and he felt “a lot lighter and faster.”
The basketball star lost weight — he said he trimmed down to his high school weight of 185 pounds — but realized he wasn’t as strong and so wanted to get back up to 200 pounds.
“I experimented with that this summer and throughout the end of last season,” he said. “As you get older you try to see different things that work for you. I’m not doing it right now but I kind of use it functionally depending how my body feels. But with all the running, protein is hard to come by sometimes when you’re doing the vegan thing. I just like to mix it up.”
Gordon joins fellow NBA player Glen Davis‘s book, who also went vegan, but has since returned to eating meat. We understand that everyone’s bodies and needs are different, but we only need to point to NFL stars like David Carter who is fueling up with 10,000 calories on a vegan diet.
However, we do applaud Gordon for trying a vegan diet, and we hope that he returns to veganism soon.