Recognised By: THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA & PREMIER/GOVERNER & CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OF VICTORIA      Victoria's first Melbourne Monthly Newspaper since October 1993

Sports

Virat Kohli turns Vegan, says feeling stronger than ever


Virat Kohli who has been a fitness inspiration has given up on animal protein and dairy products, and instead included protein shakes, vegetables and soy in his regular diet. The Indian skipper Kohli is the latest sportsman to turn vegan, joining the likes of tennis player Serena Williams and football star Lionel Messi. The Indian cricket team captain has given up on animal protein like eggs and dairy products for over four months now.

Sources claim that the cricketer who was once fond of biryani is not missing meat anymore. It might be a tough choice for a hard core non-vegetarian, but veganism has its benefits too. Kohli is undoubtedly among the fittest athletes in the world and being the youth icon that he is, people look up to him. The India captain has been setting fitness goals not only for the masses but also for other professional athletes around the world.

"Kohli started this diet four months ago and is feeling stronger as his digestive power has increased. He isn't missing meat, eggs or dairy," sources said. In November last year, Kohli had revealed his workout and diet plan in a chat show 'Breakfast with Champions'. Kohli conceded on the show that he hasn't eaten butter chicken and naan for few years. It takes years of hard work to get into the kind of shape that Kohli exhibits. He revealed how he spends two sessions and four hours in the gym during off season and at least one and a half hours every day.

"I have a set breakfast. I eat an omelette, three egg whites, one whole egg. The spinach black pepper and cheese, some grilled bacon or smoked salmon along with it. I eat papaya or dragon fruit if it's available or watermelon. I eat decent amount of cheese for good fats. I carry my own butters and I get gluten free bread from the hotels...so I apply on that. Then a nice big pot of green tea with lemon, I drink three to four cups of that," Kohli said on 'Breakfast with Champions'. “When our trainer Mr. Basu tells me to put on a bit of muscle then I increase red meat. Otherwise generally for lunch it's grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, spinach and veggies and for dinner it's seafood," he said. Kohli’s wife, Anushka Sharma, turned vegetarian around the same time and is being commended for ensuring that Kohli follows a set routine for his training, the way he eats and keeping a constant check on what he can to do stay healthy and fit.

Earlier speaking to a newspaper, his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma had revealed how Kohli had managed to improve his fitness to take his game to another level. “If you see his knocks - across formats - one can only do that when one is supremely fit. The point that needs to be noted is that Kohli spends as much time working on his cricketing skills as he does on improving his fitness.”

Kohli has continued his brilliant run of form as he scored a brilliant century for India on the second day of the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot. The skipper reached the milestone thanks to seven boundaries and in the process also became the 11th Indian cricketer to complete 3000 runs at home. Kohli,who scored his 11th Test hundred in India and 8th as captain at home, was also the second fastest to 24 Test centuries after Don Bradman (66)?as the Indian skipper took 123 innings to reach the milestone.

Twitterati had mixed reactions upon confronting with this news. While some welcomed the change and praised Kohli, a few others mocked him. Some of the fans also termed this to be the ‘after-marriage effect’ or the ‘Anushka Sharma effect’. Former Aussie cricketer, Jason Gillespie welcomed the change. Captain Kohli turns vegan, feels it has improved his game! Great news!!!!

It's globally convicted that there's a wide array of benefits of being vegan. Vegan diets are known for maintaining the blood pressure and improving the functions of the kidney. It's also recommended for losing excessive weight and preventing some specific types of cancer. Moreover, being vegan can also minimize the risk of suffering from diabetes, strokes and hypertension. Veganism means cutting down the intake of saturated fat, animal hormones and cholesterol and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables. Hence, it helps to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and obesity among others.

According to research by Nobel Prize winner Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr Dean Ornish, a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in only three months, “turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause heart disease, prostate cancer, and other diseases”. Studiesclaim that non-vegetarians and vegetarians are more prone to cancer than the vegans. Vegan women have 34% lower risk of breast, cervical, and ovarian cancer than others.

According to research,for people who are suffering from any degree of kidney damage, consumption of animal protein increases the risk of further kidney deterioration. Including limited acid producing food like fresh fruits and vegetables helps. Veganism also shows inflammation-fighting benefits which in turn helps to fight arthritis. In a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2015, 600 participants were made to follow a vegan diet for three weeks. It was found that vegan diet reduced C-reactive protein, an important factor resulting in acute and chronic inflaammation which causes arthritis.


Sports News By

Srinivasan


Intesols - Intelligent Solutions for all businesses

 

Local News

View your local news
Local news

Sports

Cricket, soccer, footy, tennis and more
Sports

About us

About us
About Us Us

Contact Us

Get Contact Details
Contact Us