Hamilton explains how going vegan helped his performance

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Lewis Hamilton explains how switching to a vegan diet helped him improve his performance inside and outside the Formula 1 cockpit.

The six-time F1 champion doesn’t shine away from talking about the benefits a vegan diet had on his health and performance. Hamilton explained the main reasons for his dietary change to British GQ magazine.

“Ultimately, you want to feel great,” said Hamilton.

“You have to have energy, to be consistent. You don’t want to have the big oscillations and highs and lows in your energy levels. Veganism has eradicated that.

“When I was 22, it was raw talent. You’ve got an abundance of energy, you’re fit and there are no aches and pains. But I’m always looking at how I can improve.

“Can my eyesight be better? Can my reactions be improved? Are there new ways of testing my reactions. There’s a multitude of things and I’m always trying to raise the bar.

“One of the things was my sleeping pattern and not feeling right in the stomach. Your gut is your second brain. We’re taught to drink milk and eat meat for protein and I started looking into other areas of research around all this.

“The first thing was, what’s happening to the animals? Secondly, the impact it can have on your body. That’s a free advantage I’m going to take.

“If no one else wants it, well that’s their loss.”

You can read the rest of the interview, where Hamilton talks about his age, his quest for racing excellence and more, on the official British GQ magazine website.

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