Tennis doubles ace Jamie Murray has revealed he ‘likes’ the ethics of veganism – and is considering adopting the lifestyle after he retires from sport.
Murray made the comments in his latest BBC column, referencing an Instagram post he shared recently, of himself with fellow Brit players Neal Skupski and Dan Evans, Evan’s coach Mark Hilton and Davis Cup captain Leon Smith. The caption, which said ‘Back the (vegan) Brits’, referred to Evans and Hilton.
According to Murray, he himself often eats a plant-based diet when at home, but it’s difficult to stick to while traveling to and from tournaments.
Trying it out
He added that he had tried out a plant-based diet for a few weeks after the French Open – and lost ‘about two and a half to three kilos’ in that time, saying he ‘wasn’t getting the calories in’.
Murray said it was ‘tough to say if that weight loss affected [his] training levels or performance, positively or negatively’ – saying he didn’t know whether it was beneficial or not.
‘Like the ethics’
The sportsman wrote: “I think if I was eating enough food, then going vegan full-time would be fine, but at the time I was training a lot and not getting enough calories.
“That was because I was getting food delivered each day, which had a certain amount of calories that I wasn’t used to and I wasn’t topping up loads.
“I like the ethics of veganism and for me the biggest thing was for my own health.
“Post-career, I would maybe think about becoming fully vegan. You have less appetite because you are not working out as much and need to be more aware and careful – as you need to keep the weight off otherwise you would balloon.”