Music mogul Simon Cowell has ditched his vegan diet to ‘rebuild his strength’ and gain weight following a serious injury.
The star reportedly started eating meat after breaking his back in a bike accident in August.
Reports at the time said his girlfriend Lauren Silverman brought him meals like cottage pie with turkey during his recovery in hospital.
Since then, celebrity singer Sinnita says she’s recently spoken to Cowell whilst he recovers at his family home in Malibu.
‘He’s looking healthier’
She told The Sun: “He sounded so much better. He wasn’t dazed, sedated or weak. He was really bright, happy, and clear.
“He’s gained a bit of weight and is looking healthier. He said he had to start eating protein, calcium and break his vegan diet to rebuild his strength.”
Sinitta also said that Cowell was ‘too thin and exhausted’ before his accident.
She says he is now ‘fit and relax’ , adding: “He’s found his sweet spot.”
Gaining weight on a vegan diet
Whilst Cowell credited his plant-based diet for losing 60lb, it is possible to maintain and gain weight whilst not consuming animal products.
It is also possible to build muscle without including animal protein in your diet.
New York-based registered dietitian and nutritionist Karen Ansel, R.D.N. says: “Being on a vegan diet doesn’t mean you’ll gain or lose weight… If you want to muscle up, it’s a matter of choosing healthful, plant-based proteins and not French fries.”
Speaking to Men’s Health, Ansel recommends a diet rich in nuts, nut butters, avocados, beans, tofu, protein-rich grains such as quinoa, and plant-milks for those wanting to bulk up.