Reading Time: 2 minutes

Austrian-American actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger has explained why he ‘loves’ plant-based food more than meat, in the latest preview of The Game Changers.

Schwarzenegger, who has encouraged his followers to cut down on meat in the past, said: “I ate a lot of meat – I ate my 10, 15 eggs a day. I had my 250 grams of protein in a day because I weighed 250 pounds. 

“As I got older and I started reading up on it, I recognized the fact that you really don’t have to get your protein from meat – or from animals. So we started going more in a direction of a vegetarian kind of diet. 

“Now we’re doing it the right way, with spices, and all of a sudden I love it much more than the meat.”

The star also said ditching meat resulted in his cholesterol dropping to around 109 – the lowest it had ever been in his ‘entire life’, but didn’t clarify whether he is now vegan or still vegetarian.

‘Terminating myths’

Schwarzenegger shared a trailer of The Game Changers on his Instagram earlier this year, saying the documentary ‘terminates outdated myths about protein, strength, and performance’.

“I ate a lot of meat. They show these commercials – ‘steak, that’s what a man eats’ – selling the idea that a real man eats meat,” Schwarzenegger commented.

“But you’ve got to understand – that’s marketing. That’s not based on reality”

Vegan documentary 

The Game Changers, directed by Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by Oscar-winner James Cameron, ‘documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph’. 

“The film features some of the strongest, fastest and toughest athletes on the planet – and it’s backed by them too – with additional EPs including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, and nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul,” says the film’s description. 

Game Changers will be available in theatres across the world from September 16.

You can buy tickets here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.