More and more players are choosing a vegetarian approach as a way to protect themselves from the burden of age and injury.
When talking about vegetarian people often think of Buddhists, anyway this special diet is increasingly popular in the world. But for athletes, the vegetarian diet is really a challenge when the body faces the risk of protein deficiency from meat.
Nevertheless, the development of science has shown that professional athletes can also eat like a normal person. From the formula king Lewis Hamilton, the tennis player Roger Federer, the former MU player Gary Neville, or boxing champion David Hayne, … all are living proofs that being a vegetarian can still give you a healthy body.
In the NBA a lot of players are following this movement, all responding very well, not only verbally but also what they perform on the pitch. Darmian Lillard is a prime example.
Another example is Chris Paul, the defender who is reviving strongly in the Oklahoma City Thunder shirt, but not many people know that CP3 has decided to turn vegan from the beginning of this season. “I see a lot of benefits from being a vegetarian, we recover faster, reduce the burden on our joints and muscles” the 34-year-old defender proudly spoke of his vegetarian decision.
Having demand for supply, Beyond Meat, a company specializing in plant protein development, quickly entered the NBA market. They immediately signed a representative contract with players who were choosing a vegetarian diet such as Darmian Lillard, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Victor Oladipo, Harrison Barnes, JJ Redick, DeAndre Jordan or JaVale McGee.
Word spread, NBA players gradually became familiar with products such as vegetarian hot-dogs, vegetarian sausages, vegetarian beef, etc. and they all left positive feedback. For some players who are prone to gaining weight, being vegetarian is definitely a solution for them to regain their perfect body.
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry or Enes Kanter are the stars that balance between vegetarian and savory meals. They still need meat protein but do not underestimate the importance of being vegetarian especially when the tournament is postponed, playing games and being sedentary can cause players to gain weight rapidly.
Basketball is a sport with high intensity of movement, for NBA players they are even more difficult with a tight schedule. But vegetarianism is considered an invention that makes it the trend at the most attractive and harsh basketball tournament on the planet.