Chances are you will often think about keto if you had to guess what athletes eat in order to enhance their performance. And not many would say vegan.
However, it turns out to be vegan, a plant-based diet, which packs as much as a punch as a protein-loaded keto diet.
The Serbian professional tennis player, Novak Djokovic, who is the newly-crowned Wimbledon 2019 winner has said that changing his diet helped change his game.
In 2011, he credited a gluten-free diet for his career to peak. In 2013, he published a diet book called “Serve to Win.”
Last year, Djokovic told Amuse, “My gluten intolerance was discovered in 2010. Before that, I didn’t even know what gluten was. I also removed the dairy products and refined sugar from my diet as well, which is maybe even more important than gluten. I think that’s helped me not only to be a better tennis player throughout my career in the last seven years, but also a healthier person, an athlete that recovers faster.”
Since then, he went a step further and claimed that switching to a plant-based diet has helped him to recover faster.
In a post-match conference before the grand finale, Djokovic said, “I do eat plant-based. I think that’s one of the reasons why I recover well. I don’t have allergies that I used to have anymore… And I like it.”
The five-time Wimbledon winner also said that he is not a great fan of the V-word. He said, “I don’t like the labels, to be honest. I do eat plant-based (food), for quite a few years already. But because of the misinterpretations of labels and misuse of labels, I just don’t like that kind of name (vegan).
The world’s number one tennis player is quite passionate about his diet regime. He was an executive producer of “Game Changers,” a documentary that follows elite athletes who credit their success to the diets free from meat and dairy. Djokovic told Aol, “It is about how this diet affects the world, not just personal health, but also sustainability, ecology, animals. This is what I care about so I’m really privileged to be part of that team.”