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The Walking Dead star cited The Game Changers as his reason for ditching animal products – encouraging his 172,00 Twitter followers to watch the documentary.
The film, which ‘documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports’, is directed by Oscar-winner Louie Psihoyos and executive produced by Oscar-winner James Cameron. Mixed martial artists James Wilks stars and produces.
‘Never thought I’d give up steak’
“48. Feeling great. To all my people out there with the new gray hair. Don’t fight it. Embrace it. Stay active,” Payton wrote.
“Pay attention to what you put in your body. It will take care of you if you take care of it.
“Never thought I’d give up steak, but I’ve been plant-based for a year…”
Payton added that he’d been thinking about transitioning to a plant-based diet for while, stating The Game Changers ‘put him over the top’.
The Game Changers
The Game Changers has inspired many to adopt a plant-based diet such as Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren.
“I’ve been vegan for a month; I’ve been trying it,” Lungren said Good Morning Britain during an interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
“A friend of mine, Arnold Schwarzenegger produced this documentary called The Game Changers. I checked it out, and then I figured I would try it out.
“I’ve noticed your blood sugar is constant, and you feel lighter. I think you can have a lot more fun with your diet – as a fighter all you eat is chicken and rice.”
Speaking about his libido, Lungren added: “It was already quite good but it went up about 50 percent.”