You may have heard about him as he’s lovingly referred to as the “300 pound vegan” on Instagram and among his buds in the NFL. And it isn’t an oxymoron. David Carter, the Chicago Bears’ defensive lineback is arguably the most popular vegan football player. When faced with being cut by the Cowboys just a few years ago, he knew he had to make a change in order to continue his career. That’s when Carter became a vegan.
Against his agent and all his colleague’s advice, Carter stopped eating meat, dairy, honey or butter. He lost 40 pounds in the first two months however it didn’t take him long to get the hang of it and boost himself back up to 300 pounds. Carter states he’s never felt better and has even noticed symptoms from his severe tendonitis have gone away. He also feels stronger and has more energy than he did when he wasn’t on his vegan diet.
Carter has become a huge advocate for vegan eating. He places criticism on the focus of vegan dieting as a cleanse or quick fad diet as opposed to simply just a healthy lifestyle. Using his reputation as an NFL player, Carter shows that eating vegan doesn’t mean feeling deprived or looking famished. He works with animal advocacy groups and uses his instagram account (@the300poundvegan) to spread the word about animal rights facts. Most of all, he loves to illustrate that vegans come in all shapes and sizes.