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Virat Kohli, Venus Williams and Lewis Hamilton among famous athletes on a plant-based diet

More sports stars are going 'green' in order to improve recovery and prolong their career

India captain Virat Kohli is one of the greatest cricketers and athletes of this generation. And he is now a vegetarian.

Kohli has spearheaded a revolution in Indian cricket, and by extension the world game, with his obsession over looking after himself. His relentless pursuit of the ultimate fitness and diet regime saw him become a vegetarian last year.

Expressing delight at his decision to adopt a plant-based diet, Kohli tweeted on Wednesday: “Saw Game Changers on Netflix. Being a vegetarian athlete has made me realise what I have believed all these years regarding diet was a myth. What an amazing documentary and yes I’ve never felt better in my life after I turned vegetarian.”

In ‘The Game Changers’ documentary, former UFC fighter James Wilks travels the world and talks to elite athletes about the benefits of a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Kohli’s diet earlier included grilled chicken, eggs, salmon, vegetables, seafood and red meat. But now, it’s all 'green'.

The India captain isn’t the first top-level athlete to take the vegan road. Many have done so before him and many will do it in the future.

Athletes insist a vegan diet allows a quicker recovery, higher levels of performance and adds a few more years to their professional careers.

Tennis star Venus Williams and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton are some of the most famous vegans athletes in the world.

Above is a picture gallery of athletes who are vegan or vegetarian. To move on to the next image, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: October 24, 2019 04:56 PM

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