- NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said he’s switching to a vegan diet, according to a recent interview.
- O’Neal said eating plant-based food helps him enjoy healthy versions of foods like cheeseburgers.
- He joins a long list of other vegan and mostly plant-based athletes like Kyrie Irving and Tom Brady.
Retired basketball star Shaquille O’Neal said he’s switching to vegan eating in a May 2 interview with Rip Michealshost of the food and travel show Urban Eats & Treats.
“I like cheeseburgers, right? But the way she cooks it, I can eat healthy, but still feel like I’m eating bad. So whenever I want to cheat, I come over here and cheat,” O’Neal said.
O’Neal previously said a high-protein, low-carb diet helped him get more defined ab muscles, and it involved eating lots of chicken and fish such as a salmon.
His previous go-to breakfast smoothie is already vegan, and includes blueberries, peanut butter, and bananas, similar to Tom Brady’s performance protein shake.
Some pros also follow a predominantly plant-based diet, including Brady as well as bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said he eats 80% vegan with foods like cucumber salad with pumpkin seed oil.