Can a Vegan/Plant Based Diet Make You Run Faster?

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Which would you rather do for better performance?

Are you trying to decide whether to go fully vegan or stick with meat for your running performance? It’s a heated debate, but we’re here to help you navigate this meaty issue and decide what’s right for you.

Meat vs vegan/plant-based for performance.

Before we get into it, let’s get some context. Humans and animals have been tight for centuries, but as runners, we know that eating animals is an easy way to get our calories, protein, and fat. But does meat actually make you a better runner?

Vegan/plant-based Argument

Let’s start with the vegans. Some athletes swear by a plant-based diet because it’s more efficient. Think about it – animals get their protein and nutrients from plants, so cutting out the middleman and going straight to the source can be more efficient. Plus, some folks just don’t like the way animals are treated in our food culture. But does going vegan actually improve your running performance? It’s a toss-up. While a well-planned vegan diet can provide everything you need for top-notch health and athletic performance, it can be more difficult to get essential nutrients like protein, iron, and vitamin B12. Some runners even report feeling less bloated and more refreshed on a vegan diet.

Meat/carnivore-based argument

On the other hand, some athletes prefer to stick with meat for various reasons like personal taste, cultural or religious beliefs, or perceived health benefits. While meat can be a great source of essential nutrients, it’s important to choose ethically sourced options that prioritize animal welfare (if you can afford it and if you think it’s worth it. This is just a suggestion).

The Choice?!

So, what’s the bottom line? The decision to go vegan or stick with meat for your running performance should be based on your personal values, ethics, and experiences. As a new runner, it’s important to experiment and find what works for you. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, so what works for one runner may not work for you.

When it comes to fueling your runs, it’s essential to consider your individual needs, preferences, and tolerances. Remember, what you eat can have a big impact on your running performance, so find a diet that supports your health and aligns with your beliefs.

In conclusion, the debate between meat and vegan diets for runners will continue for years to come. But as you hit the pavement, try out different diets and find what works best for you. So, keep on running and fueling your body with what makes you feel your best – whether that’s a big ol’ steak or a heaping plate of veggies.


  • 02:19 Vegan versus omnivore diet.
  • 04:13 Veganism and performance improvement.
  • 10:38 Reasons for personal dietary choices.
  • 11:27 Training options and recommendations.

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