Serge Gnabry: "I've Been Vegan Since January But Sometimes I Eat Meat"

Serge Gnabry's diet is all kinds of messed up.

More and more players are turning to veganism in a bid to extend their playing careers and reap the health benefits including the Bayern Munich winger.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The 23-year-old has revealed that he's been a vegan since January.

However, he hasn't completely grasped veganism because he sometimes eats meat and other things.

"I have been vegan since January, but, at some periods, sometimes I eat meat and other things," he said in a recent interview with German outlet Bild.

Gnabry isn't the only footballer whose adopted a vegan diet. Manchester United's Chris Smalling has stopped eating meat, fish, eggs and dairy products and claims the dietary switch has increased his strength and power.

"We did a test of our hamstrings and I've increased by 35 per cent from the last test. On the [exercise] bike, my power output has gone up," he explained.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Image: PA
Image: PA

The English defender added: "I'm constantly getting stronger and getting better results.

"Even before I went vegan, in terms of cutting out red meat, my tendinitis and recovery after games was vastly improved.

"I had quite a few symptoms, but since I went fully vegan, I don't feel it at all anymore.

"The second day after a game is often when I feel most fatigued, but my fatigue levels have gone down and, on the second day, I've felt a lot more recovered than previously.

"Even my skin, I had a lot more break outs before than I do now. I'm feeling a lot of physical benefits from it."

A plant-based diet appears to be a popular decision among footballers.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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