Reading Time: 2 minutes David Laid says he feels great on a plant-based diet (Photo: Instagram)
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Bodybuilder and fitness influencer David Laid has revealed that he’s feeling great after following a plant-based diet for a month.

The Gymshark athlete took to Instagram – where he has a staggering 1.4 million followers – to discuss his experiences.

David Laid

Laid began his fitness journey six years ago, saying he was a ’90 pound frail, lanky, near emaciated teen looking to build confidence and become comfortable in my own skin’. 

On his site, he writes: “Although my central goal has always been muscular development, I quickly fell in love with strength training as an integral part of acquiring the physique of my dreams. 

“Physical changes don’t occur overnight, but chasing strength became a source of constant motivation for me, a goal to strive for day in and day out in the gym, a goal which I could see materialize from training session to training session.”

David Laid on a plant-based diet

Since embarking on his fitness journey, Laid has tried different diets, including the Vertical Diet – a red meat and rice-based diet popular with bodybuilders. But now he plans to stay plant-based.

He told followers: “About a month in on a vegan diet, definitely lost some weight but I feel much better and have way more energy, planning on continuing.”

Laid also revealed that he had jumped straight into the diet, writing: “I went cold turkey into it which probably isn’t the best idea, but I like being an extremist, I’d say I’m 80 percent adapted at this point.”

Discussing his macronutrient intake, he wrote: ” I don’t have precise macros I follow, my carb intake definitely went up, and my main protein source is vegan protein powder.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.