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Actor Austin Amelio has revealed that he recently transitioned to a plant-based diet after watching Netflix documentary What the Health.

Amelio, who’s best known for playing Dwight on TV program The Walking Dead, made the comments to a fan during a signing. The fan, who filmed the conversation, then uploaded it to YouTube.

During the video, the actor says he feels better than he has in years – calling the diet ‘amazing’.

The star spills the beans on his plant-based diet

Spreading the message

He says: “I watched What the Health 10 days ago. The next day I’m like, ‘I’m f*cking done. It’s been 10 days – completely vegan the entire time – I feel better than I’ve felt in years.”

He adds that he has already starting inspiring others to follow his lead – starting close to home with his four-year-old, adding: “It’s harder for him, but we’re getting there.”

Amelio says the movie, and some of the health information – including learning about the potential carcinogenic properties of processed meat – ‘f*cking blew [his] mind’, making him encourage others to watch it too.

He says: “I also made my best friend do it – he’s in New York – he’s been vegan eight days. It’s amazing.”

You canwatch the full video on YouTube here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of 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.