- NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has said he’s switching to a vegan diet, according to a recent interview.
- O’Neal said eating plant-based foods helps her enjoy healthy versions of foods like cheeseburgers.
- He joins a long list of other vegan and mostly plant-based athletes like Kyrie Irving and Tom Brady.
Retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal said he’s switching to a vegan diet in a May 2 interview with Rip Michaelshost of food and travel show Urban Eats & Treats.
The NBA Hall of Fame told Micheals that the Atlanta restaurant Vegan slut offers plant-based alternatives so he can enjoy his favorite foods while enjoying the health benefits of a vegan diet.
“I like cheeseburgers, don’t I? But the way she makes them, I can eat healthy, but I always feel like I’m eating badly. So whenever I want to cheat, I come here and I cheat,” O’Neal said.
O’Neal previously said that a high-protein, low-carb diet helped him get more defined abdominal muscles, and that involved eating lots of chicken and fish like salmon.
He previously said his favorite breakfast was a vegan smoothie and included blueberries, peanut butter and bananas, similar to Tom Brady’s performance protein shake.
Other top vegan athletes include tennis great Venus Williams, soccer star Alex Morgan and fellow NBA athletes Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving.
Some pros also follow a mostly plant-based diet, including Brady, as well as bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said he ate 80% vegan with foods like Cucumber Salad with Seed Oil. pumpkin.