Hamilton, who went vegan in 2017 after watching the vegan documentary What the Health, shared to his 10 million followers that he decided to “bulk up” when driver weight rules for the 2019 Formula 1 season became loose.
Sharing a picture of him on the beach, he said: “This was a couple of years ago, I was 68kg (150lb). I’ve had to be that weight for the past 12 years and finally rules change this year and I can eat a little more and bulk up.”
” I’m at 75kg (165lb) now and happier. Adding weight was easy and I did this on a vegan diet.”
Hamilton added that he can still get plenty of protein from a plant-based diet and he is healthier and happier compared before.
“People say ‘oh I need my protein and that’s why I could never go vegan’,” he said. “I have plenty of protein in my diet and I’ve gained muscle, and I’m healthier and happier than I’ve ever been. Wish I did it sooner.”
“I do want to get more cut like this, so that’s a goal of mine. Do any of you have any fitness goals, weight goals you are trying to get to? Let’s do it together!”
This is not the first time that Hamilton talked about veganism. Last year, he spoke up for the animals by recognizing their sentience and slamming the meat industry for “animal torture” on Instagram.
“No matter what, loyal Til the day they die. Animals possess values of which very few humans do,” he wrote on Instagram. “We turn a blind eye to the pain and torture we put animals through.”
“Every piece of meat, chicken or fish you eat, every bit of leather or fur you wear, has come from an animal that has been tortured, pulled away from their families and brutally killed.”
“We all have choices to make and if you are ok with it then that’s you but I choose to love, to be conscious of what I’m supporting and I refuse to support the companies that buy from those companies killing and torturing animals.”
The vegan athlete also shared another post to speak up for the animals in factory farms: a picture of a pig thrown into a trash bin with her piglets.
“A mother and her babies tossed away like trash. Their rights were never considered, their lives were never theirs to live. This is the price of bacon,” Hamilton said on Instagram.
“We all have a voice, I have this platform so to not use it correctly would be wrong of me. Nobody is perfect, I certainly am not, but this is actually happening every day to so many animals worldwide.”
“This is why I decided to go to a vegan plant-based diet, [it’s] been over a year now. Yes it’s hard, nothing’s ever easy but I’ve felt the best I’ve ever felt for the past year,” he concluded.