The No Meat Athlete


With the SEA games under way, it got me wondering what athletes eat to get them to their fit form and whether or not athletes can function on a no meat diet. Athletes generally train for hours every day and fuel themselves with insanely nutritious food. However, there is only so much oatmeal one person can eat before they feel gross.

Before any research or experimentation, scientists come up with a hypothesis. While I may not be the greatest scientist in the world, I came up with my own prediction.

My hypothesis: Athletes need some sort of meat based diet to function.

My whole life, I always figured that to be an athlete you need to have some sort of meat based diet packed with protein in order to function. But, with websites like,, and has proven to me that that is not the case at all.*MIND BLOWN!*

According to Matt Frazier, from the No Meat Athlete, he became a stronger runner immediately after switching to a vegetarian diet. He also included some examples of world-class athletes that don’t eat meat including, running icon Bart Yasso, Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, and body builder Robert Cheeke.


What is a plant-based athlete’s diet?

I mean it is common sense really, a vegetarian diet is the same from a normal (healthy) diet with the exception of meat. Some vegetarian/vegan athletes even tend to go towards raw and gluten-free diets, but obviously you don’t need to do that if you don’t think you can.

Where do you get your protein?

As a former vegetarian, it was one of my FAVORITE questions *sarcasm intended*

My response was always that there is generally protein in every type of food, obviously in lower amounts but it is still there.


So as the photo asks. Do we really need meat to get protein? Clearly not, my carnivorous friends! 

Some staple foods for an endurance athlete include:

  • All kinds of vegetables

  • All kinds of fruits

  • Beans

  • Whole wheat products (pastas, brown rice, breads)


Counting calories

Everyone now-a-days are counting calories because they are trying to enjoy what they are eating but also trying to eat healthy. According to Lance Armstrong’s former coach Chris Carmichael, the calorie breakdown during a training period should be about 65% carbohydrates 13% protein and 22% healthy fats.

So, with this research, it has proven my hypothesis incorrect because it proves that athletes do not need a meat based diet to be in their fit form.