Well, ‘athlete’ and ‘plat-based diet’ share an intertwining connection indeed! Be it Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton, the tennis champion Venus William or NFL’s Derrick Morgan, plant-based diet is what they strictly follow and this is perhaps the secret behind their success.
The health benefits offered by raw diet are plenteous. A number of studies are carried out and it’s found that people who follow plant-diet are less prone to diseases than that of those who adhere to other types of food regime. The higher level of beta-carotene in plants not only helps in the prevention of diseases, but also makes sure one has a balanced fuel system. Also, when it comes to curtailing down the risk for cancer and stroke, raw diets always tend to top the list.
The acid-forming properties of meat are what that make a difference, when it’s about the comparison between the uncooked, organic, whole foods and the cooked non-vegan items. The relatively non-acidic plant-based foods get digested easily and control the PH level in blood, the imbalance of which may otherwise cause inflammation.
The fact that animal protein is rich in amino acids mounts up the production and defecation of sulfuric acid during their metabolism which, in turn, results into increased acidity in body. Sometimes, the acidity happens to be so high that the body is left with no other option than leaking calcium from the bones to nullify the acids. And, as an athlete, this is something one’s body can hardly put up with.
Also, when it’s about cardiovascular health, plant-based diets play a key role in improving the same. As per a number of surveys done in this regard, even the well-trained athletes are not free from the risk for heart disease. A study in 2017 has it to state that almost 44 percent of middle-aged cyclists and runners are the victim of coronary plaques. Despite they lead a routine lifestyle, how can they be a prey to it? What is the remedy? This is where plant-based diets come in yet again. A low fat, vegan diet is full of every component that works as a reverse medium to fight plaque. Also, certain medical conditions like blood pressure, dyslipidemia, increased body weight and diabetes are known to heal faster with this blissful diet.
Plant-based diets are always known to be high in carbohydrates and that’s the reason why it’s believed to improve the athletes’ performance to a significant extent. As a primary source of energy, carbs tend to heighten one’s enthusiasm and also, molds their endurance a lot.
But, at the same time, consuming unnecessary carbohydrates is never recommended for an athlete. If the diet of an athlete consists of rice, bread, pasta, non-organic eggs, processed meat, fruit juice and dairy products, he/she will actually end up consuming extra carbs that their body doesn’t require at all. The amount of carbohydrate one istaking needs to get burnt during their sports activities. Otherwise, there always remains a high risk for deficiencies in minerals, iron, amino acids and fatty acids. According to a study presented in the year 2016, the recommended carbohydrate intake for athletes is for 1-3 hours per day.
With the proven health-benefits of this diet, more and more athletes have started opting for vegan diet. But, they need more calories than the less active people and thus, thy should also make sure they are having a wide variety of healthy calorie-rich foods like granola cereals, avocado, baked beans etc.