When we see bodybuilders with big muscles, rippling abs and protruding veins, it easy to this they live on a diet of pure meat. But Barny du Plessis Mr. Universe 2014 from Britain is proving that you should never judge a book by its cover because he’s actually a vegan.
He makes the pretty bold claim that withholding meat from his diet had made him superior to other competitors.
“The world’s strongest animals are plant-eaters: buffaloes, gorillas, elephants and me”. Seems legit.
Plessis, aged 41 is a lifelong bodybuilder, like everyone else he used to think that eating significant amounts of meat and eggs was the only way to build muscle. But after some health issues, he changed his diet to protein-packed vegan meals.
Plessis says, he’s never been happier with his physique, his health has improved dramatically after he switched to vegan diet. His fiancé Josie Keck is also a vegan and bodybuilder. Plessis now competes at an elite level as the world’s first professional vegan bodybuilder.
“Since becoming a vegan my training has been amazing. I wake up feeling good, I’ve got more energy, my recovery’s really good and I’ve got no aches and pains. Best of all, I’m not contributing to the suffering of animals.” He said in an interview.
“Going vegan is a great way to improve your health, as vegans are less prone to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity than meat-eaters are.”
“And each person who goes vegan prevents approximately 100 animals every year from being killed on factory farms, in slaughterhouses and on the decks of fishing boats.”