Eddie Hall Says Going Vegan Made His Body Wither Away

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It's fair to say that Eddie Hall is a man who likes his food. During his strongman career, he would consume over 12,000 calories a day. Even now, being leaner and smaller, Hall still puts away between 5000 and 7000 calories every day.

But speaking exclusively to Men's Health UK, Hall revealed that there's no chance he would ever consider getting all of those calories from a vegan diet and revealed how he felt like his body was "withering away" during a short experiment with veganism.

"I've tried it in the past and you just see your body withering away, you just can't sustain it," says Hall. "At the end of the day I'm a 156 kilo man, I'm one of the biggest men in the country, and you're not going to maintain that being vegan. That would put a massive hindrance on my performance."

Hall says that when he tried the diet "for like three or four days" he felt his strength and size was falling away. Admittedly, it's not a huge amount of adaptation time, but "it just didn't suit me," he says.

Still, Hall is keen to point out that he's not against veganism altogether. His wife eats a lot of vegan meals, and is probably best described as a flexitarian. Hall just thinks that while it's good to reduce the amount of meat you eat, it's hard to maintain strength and muscle on a diet that includes no meat at all.

"Although there's a lot of good things about being vegan, for me to maintain the strength and power that I need, I just think it's impossible to keep that size and strength and be a vegan, so I have to get my meat in me for the protein side of things, the amino acids and everything," says Hall.

"I'm a big believer in less meat is good for you, but cutting meat out completely is a big no no."

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