13 CELEBRITIES BEFORE AND AFTER GOING VEGAN
These 13 vegan celebrities all went vegan and have since promoted the positive effects of a plant-based diet. Several of the celebrities included below found that cutting out animal products is an easy way to minimize contribution to both animal cruelty and climate change. Eating vegan can also have a positive effect on a person’s health, and many of the people listed here noticed an immediate change after adopting a plant-based diet.
Vegan Diet Health Benefits
A growing body of medical studies shows that the health benefits of a plant-based diet far outweigh those of more traditional diets. Eating plant-based foods regularly can be particularly good for your cardiovascular health, and several celebrities have used a vegan diet to combat health issues and aid recovery time.
Findings presented to the American Society for Nutrition last June indicated that a plant-based diet can normalize high blood pressure in less than two weeks. In 2017 Imperial College London conducted a review of several studies on fruit and vegetable consumption.
Vegan Diet And Weight Loss
Some flexitarians and vegans have also found that a plant-based diet can help with healthy weight loss. While “healthy” looks different for different people — and preoccupation with BMI is not necessarily synonymous with good health — studies have shown that those trying to lose weight could be able to achieve their goals through a high-carb vegan diet. Several celebrities have used this kind of diet to help shed weight and to build up muscle, stamina, and fitness.
Celebrities Go Vegan
While many people often first go vegan for health reasons, in learning more about animal agriculture’s effect on the environment — and animals themselves — many also begin to advocate for other aspects of the diet along with other social justice issues. These vegan celebrities are no exception. In fact, they’re leading the trend.
1. Kevin Smith
Filmmaker Kevin Smith went vegan after experiencing a major heart attack in 2018. Smith addressed this on Facebook, where he thanked his family and said, “maybe it’s time to go vegan.”
Since then Smith has been very vocal about the health benefits of a vegan diet, which first prompted his transition. Smith has also commented on other positive aspects of going meat-free and has spoken about animal rights and welfare.
2. Evanna Lynch
Actor and animal advocate Evanna Lynch is a Veganuary Ambassador and even has her own vegan podcast called The Chickpeeps. Lynch has been vegetarian since the age of 11, and gradually went vegan by adding more plant-based ingredients to her food.
The Harry Potter star first went vegan in 2015. According to Veganuary, her decision was based on compassion. She said in a statement, “It was just the right path for me. I felt like as soon as I went vegan, I was more myself, like I was just living according to what I believed, which is such a freeing thing when you finally commit to it.”
The Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has also enjoyed multiple health improvements after moving to a vegan diet. He spoke to Arianna Huffington about it in an episode of The Thrive Global Podcast.
“I switched my regimen, went plant-based and it changed my life. I lost 20 lbs. My cholesterol came down, my high blood pressure came down. My stress levels came down naturally. I have more energy,” said Will.i.am.