One Man’s Vegan Transformation: From Overweight to Super Human Athlete
He’s a entertainment attorney and father of four but he’s also an Ultraman--a title that’s not easy to attain. To be called an “Ultraman” Rich Roll won a grueling race against thousands of other competitors that included a 6 mile swim, 260 mile bike ride, and a 53 mile run.
Roll trains nearly two hours a day to beat out his competitors while feasting on an entirely plant-based diet. The transformation is downright mind boggling considering that just a few years ago Roll felt winded after climbing a flight of stairs. He was 50 pounds overweight, living on lots of dairy and processed foods. But today, he's a super human athlete.
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According to CNN:
But to my surprise, I was amazed at just how fantastic I felt after only 10 days on this regimen. My energy skyrocketed, fueling a return to a modest exercise routine. Gradually, I started to shed the pounds. Slowly, the fitness returned. And my energy levels continued to improve. Then came the desire to pursue an athletic challenge. Nothing was overnight, but a mere few years later I found myself almost 50 pounds lighter with a 10-minute lead and Day 1 stage victory in the 3-day double-ironman distance triathlon known as the Ultraman Hawaii World Championships.
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And Roy says that almost all of his athletic prowess has to do with his plant-based and unprocessed diet. Again, CNN:
I am not overstating the case to say that everything I have accomplished as an endurance athlete over the last few years, including two Ultraman World Championships and EPIC5 – an endurance odyssey in which I completed 5 ironman distance triathlons on 5 separate Hawaiian Islands in under a week – begins and ends with my plant-based whole food diet.
The power of plant-based is pretty incredible.
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