England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has claimed transitioning to a vegan, gluten-free diet has allowed him to get into the best form of his life.
Wilshere has been injury prone for much of his career but has more recently started a string of games, being pivotal in Arsenal’s midfield.
Now, his performances have led to talks over a contract extension, while manager Arsene Wenger has suggested he should receive a recall to the England squad.
In an interview with Standard Sport, Wilshere said: “I have been dairy and gluten free now for six weeks. My kids have always been dairy and gluten free since birth. I didn’t have much dairy but the few times I did in the team hotel, I had an upset stomach. So I have just cut it out completely. I feel that I look better, I have certainly lost a bit of weight, and am leaner. I am probably fitter as well.
“I feel sharper and quicker on the pitch. I feel like I can last longer. For example, at the end of the Chelsea game when we scored the second goal, I felt ‘come on, we can go on again here’. I was pressing them and felt good.
“I know my body well, I know the right foods to eat and the best way to recover. I’m also getting the right amount of sleep. I’ve learned that over the years, and I think I’m in the best shape I have ever been.”
Jack Wilshere is one of many sports stars turning to a plant-based diet to improve their performance. Most notably Lewis Hamilton changed to a vegan diet to win his 4th Formula 1 World Championship title.
Meanwhile, Notts County footballer, Shaun Brisley has revealed how turning vegan has led to some of the best performances of his career explaining how it’s made him less tired and the fittest he’s ever been.