Hamilton ‘healthier and happier’ on vegan diet

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton "healthier and happier than ever before" on vegan diet.

Lewis Hamilton "healthier and happier than ever before" on vegan diet.

Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton claims he is “healthier and happier” than ever before now that he has become vegan.

It has been a strong start to the season for Hamilton as he goes in-search of a sixth Drivers’ Championship, but he has met his match so far in 2019 in team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

After a woeful 2018, the Finn retained his seat against the odds and now leads the Championship with a one-point advantage over Hamilton.

The Mercedes pair have secured four-consecutive one-two finishes this season, leaving rivals Ferrari reeling after they had been expected to enjoy a pace advantage over the Silver Arrows.

For 2019 a new minimum driver weight of 80kg for the driver/seat package has been introduced, and Hamilton, who claimed to have become vegan in September 2017, has taken advantage to bulk-up, gaining 15lb of muscle to move on from his previous weight of 150lb – a weight he had maintained since his debut in 2007.

On his official Instagram page, the five-time World Champion said: “Adding weight was easy and I did this on a vegan diet. People say ‘oh I need my protein and that’s why I could never go vegan’.”

“I have plenty of protein in my diet and I’ve gained muscle, and I’m healthier and happier than I’ve ever been. Wish I did it sooner.”

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