Everything you need to know about the Canelo Alvarez vegan diet

One of the most important factors that plays an important role in the life and career of a fighter is his diet. Nutrition helps them achieve the desired physique and maintain their overall physical health. In this regard, four-division champion Canelo Alvarez has made a significant change in his eating habits.


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The Mexican switched to a strict vegan diet while preparing for his WBA light heavyweight title fight against Dmitry Bivol.


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Does Canelo Alvarez follow a vegan diet now?

In a recent interview with ESPN, Canelo said he made some changes to his regular diet. The Mexican revealed that he has switched to a cruelty-free vegan diet. Therefore, he had excluded any form of meat from his diet.


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Canelo told ESPN that this change was not too difficult for him as he can adapt to things very easily. He declared, “I’m not very complicated when it comes to food, I adapt a lot, I adapt quickly.” However, Canelo hasn’t cut meat out of his diet completely. He mentioned that if there was chicken or any other meat he would eat it, but the Mexican fighter tries to stick to only eating vegan food.

Did Canelo Alvarez go vegan because of the upcoming fight with Dmitry Bivol?

The No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter is set to move up to the light heavyweight division for his fight against the WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol. For this reason, ‘The Cinnamon’ needs to increase his weight, although he does so on a strict vegan diet with no meat protein.

Therefore, in his preparation for his fight against Bivol, Canelo stuck to a vegan diet to achieve his desired weight and physique.

Did a vegan diet lead to Alvarez’s bulky physique?

Canelo’s mostly vegan diet helped him achieve the feat of gaining the weight required to compete in the light heavyweight division. Hence, his switch to a vegan diet is responsible for his bloated physique. Not only that, the Mexican says he is in great shape and urges others to try a vegan diet as well. He told ESPN, “I feel strong and my stomach is fine. I actually recommend it.”

What made Canelo Alvarez adopt a vegan diet?


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The Mexican fighter didn’t make this diet change on a whim. Four years ago, in 2018, Canelo sadly tested positive for prohibited substances before his fight with Gennady Golovkin.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 03: WBC / WBA / WBO super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez looks on during a press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 03, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will face Caleb Plant on November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

The Mexican fighter blamed the scandal on contaminated beef, as the beef could expose high levels of banned substances in the blood. Later, Canelo tested negative for the same banned substance and passed his drug test. Since then, the WBC has raised the threshold for the amount of banned substance in the boxer’s blood before deeming the test a failure.


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