Formula 1 is an extreme sport and requires drivers to maintain a strict diet since the sport relies so heavily on the weight of the car that affects the outcome pretty much directly. 7X WDC champion from England, Lewis Hamilton is one such name that has to maintain a strict lifestyle to compete at the highest level of motor racing.
Lewis Hamilton says vegan diet ‘only way to save our planet’ https://t.co/DrTYEHq3M7— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 15, 2019
Lewis Hamilton was put onto veganism by his one friend from New York and since that, Hamilton has been a vegan since 2017 and says that veganism has improved his health, lifestyle, and performance in totality. His diet consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. He eats a variety of plant-based meals to ensure he gets all the necessary nutrients.
What does Lewis Hamilton eat in a day?
Hamilton is a vegan who avoids all dairy products and meat, including fish. He gets his protein from plant-based sources like tofu, tempeh, beans, and lentils. He takes supplements such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids to ensure he gets enough nutrients. To stay hydrated, the Mercedes legend drinks a lot of water, especially during races.
For breakfast, Hamilton likes to treat himself to avocado toast along with a smoothie to keep him energized
He added “I always have smoothies. I love having various smoothies with plant-based protein. I generally have that probably two or three times a day because it’s super quick, super easy, put it in the blender and you can take it with you.”
Lewis Hamilton urges 21.8 million Instagram followers to ‘please stop eating meat’ https://t.co/t4Rfzq7k0m pic.twitter.com/bg7ZVaZVtP— Vegan Future (@veganfuture) April 15, 2021
Lunch is typically a salad with plenty of avocado for healthy fats and lots of vegetables. “I love plant-based curries for dinner,” said the 7X world champion, “which are a little more fattening but taste great.”
Moreover, he eats fruits, nuts, and seeds throughout the day to stay invigorated.
He also said that Hummus, a dish from the middle east made of chickpeas is his favorite snack. He also mentioned that he does not eat a lot of chocolates and not even on his birthday because it occurs during the training period.
The driver for Mercedes is also the co-founder of Neat Burgers, a fast-food burger chain that makes plant based vegan burgers.
Today we announce the launch of Neat Burger, a plant-based restaurant chain with a commitment to ethical practices and being kinder to our world. I’m so excited to be part of this company, which aims to revolutionize the way we view meat-free food. @NeatBurger_ 🌱🍔 pic.twitter.com/Ngj27avBfe— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 29, 2019
Hamilton mentioned in an interview that he lost up to 10 lbs of weight on race day, this is mainly attributed to a combination of factors such as dehydration, sweating, and burning calories at a high rate. Drivers are exposed to high G forces, thick suits, high temperatures, and little to no hydration.
Hamilton has always been one of the most ‘in the spotlight’ sportsmen and has an active reputation among the newer fans of the sport. His diet choices proudly complement his lifestyle, this generation’s aspirations, and his sport as well.