Barnabas du Plessis, winner of the 2014 Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition, is one beefy dude. But don’t mistake this meaty man for a meat eater. The 41-year-old recently revealed he’s been following a strict vegan diet for the past year.
“Since becoming a vegan, my training has been amazing. I wake up feeing 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,” du Plessis said in an interview with PETA.
Though his diet includes no animal products, the bodybuilder still consumes roughly 6,000 calories and 300 grams of protein each day. Du Plessis’s daily diet used to include 20 eggs and tons of chicken, but he has replaced them with high-protein choices like mixed lentils, brown rice, nuts and vegan protein. “The world’s strongest animals are plant-eaters: gorillas, buffaloes, elephants and me,” Du Plessis said.
With biceps like bowling balls and thighs like tree trunks, Du Plessis is living proof that a person on a vegan diet can still build plenty of muscle.
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