Rapper Will.i.am wants to 'scream and shout' how disgusted he is by the idea of eating meat after dropping 20 pounds following a plant-based diet.
The Black Eyed Peas singer revealed to Arianna Huffington on her Thrive Global podcast that he tipped the scales at 210 lbs. last year after surviving on little sleep and a diet of processed foods.
"I was eating bad, sleeping bad. No regiment," he told her. "I was going to sleep around 5:00 in the morning…I would argue with people like, ‘All I need is like two hours a day.’ Like boom a catnap and a catnap and I’m just ready to go.’"
However, he soon suffered from high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as acid reflux and nasal drip.
"When you have so much acid in you that means your body is fighting off inflammation and mucus and that is a toxic environment that leads to other diseases," he said.
Luckily, the singer was able to stave off further damage to his body by switching to a plant-based diet, along with dumping sugar and processed foods.
The star immediately experienced results with his new lifestyle. His blood pressure and cholesterol levels dropped, he felt more energetic, and he falls asleep better than before.
And Will.i.am. says he owes it all to his switch to a plant-based diet.
He's not wrong. As we know by now not only do fresh fruits and veggies provide important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants — much more so than meat, dairy, and processed foods — a vegan diet is known to reduce cholesterol and obesity, as well as helps treat and prevent type 2 diabetes.
Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, kidney disease, and liver disease.
And if you need more reason to try out a plant-based diet, consider this: plant-based protein builds the same amount of muscle as animal protein, and it's been named the top diet by the U.S. and World News Report for a number of years.
Plus, a slew of celebs, including Kate Mara, Drake, and Megan Markle swear by the diet too.
"It changed my life, and I would encourage everybody to have a plant-based regimen," Will.i.am said. "You don’t need the meat, you don’t need to have decaying flesh in your body. The more I think about it I was like, ‘Ew.’ I was just, I had death in me. Decayed flesh and crazy chemicals I can’t pronounce. You wouldn’t put that s— in your car."
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