Mark Wahlberg Goes Plant-Based And It’s Now All He Can Talk About

09 March 2020
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The ever-jacked movie star is telling anyone who will listen all about his new dietary changes

For decades, Mark Wahlberg has served as the ultimate poster-boy for those aspiring to get a good rig. Aside from busting out the moves as Marky Mark with the classic pump-up song, “Good Vibrations”, the star has since shown himself to be quite the capable action star. And as far as physique is concerned, few can rival Wahlberg’s impressive rig.

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Last year, Wahlberg announced he had bought a stake in the F45 training company. Considered one of the world’s leading boutique gyms and – prior to the arrival of Barry’s Bootcamp – one of the trendiest, F45 has gone on to attain a cult-like following for his brutal 45 minute classes that are based around high-intensity exercise and group circuit programs. That Wahlberg would be invested in such a thing was hardly surprising, his body alone was practically a walking advertisement for the health benefits of F45. But none of us expected Wahlberg to go plant-based.

In a new episode of Vs. the Internet, the actor told Men’s Health that he’d made some significant dietary changes, the main one being that he’s gone plant-based.

Reading a comment on a particular Instagram photo that asked about his fasting habits, Wahlberg added, “I normally never fast. In this particular shot, I was eating eight meals a day.” And while Wahlberg ate the usual proteins one would consider when undertaking this kind of crazy fitness regime, such as steak, chicken, pork, and an occasional piece of fish, he’s since ditched all of that to get his food intake right.

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Men’s Health notes “He’s removed all meat from his diet and started to eat only plant-based products. This started when he found himself not feeling so well after filming his new Netflix film Spenser Confidential.”

Wahlberg said about the dietary changes, “I did a bone broth fast and ate just vegetables. I’ve been eating plant-based [products] for about three weeks now, and I gotta tell you – I’m feeling really good.”

Wahlberg credits the plant-based diet for benefits like faster recovery from intense 4am workouts, decreased inflammation in the body, and more energy.

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For the uninitiated, plant-based eating is a diet focused on whole, plant foods. With its small environmental footprint, the diet is becoming increasingly popular particularly among millennials. But it’s important to note that it’s not actually interchangeable with the word “vegan”. Vegans abstain from animal products and as well as this, theirs  is a lifestyle. Consequently, vegans don’t just eliminate animals from their diet, but also from their lives by avoiding leather, fur, wool or silk.

And while vegans could eat processed foods and snub their veggies by sticking to things like candy and potato chips, a plant-based diet emphasises eating whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and minimising (or eradicating) the intake of animal products and processed foods for health reasons. So, some people on the plant-based diet might not eat any animal products, while others will simply restrict the amount. It’s flexible and as Wahlberg suggests, the benefits are noticeable.

Via GQ Australia