Vegan Pro Soccer Player Baggio Husidic

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From mid-pack runners to professional triathletes, we’ve had the opportunity to share a lot of stories and advice from vegan athletes on this podcast. But today’s interview is a first — Baggio Hudisic, an MLS soccer player.

I’m excited to share my conversation with the vegan midfielder for the LA Galaxy about his diet, training, and how going plant-based is making him a better athlete.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The impact of Baggio’s childhood (his family fled Bosnia to escape the war in the mid-90’s) on his attitude towards soccer and diet
  • When and why he went vegan
  • Was it risky to go vegan when you’re already a pro?
  • The incredible, measurable results Baggio has experienced since going vegan
  • The affect his diet and results have had on teammates
  • How Baggio eats on a typical training day

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  1. Humans always over estimate the amount of protein they need (and often food in general). People have different protein needs. The average person doesn’t need as much as an elite athlete in a power sport. If building muscle and low body fat is a priority, it is important to note that there is no food source in the vegetable kingdom (not even TVP) that has the protein to carb ratio as tuna. For example, soybean protein to carb ratio per gram is about 50/50%. For tuna it is 100/0% It is virtually carb free and packed with protein. In other words, you would have to consume more than double the amount of calories to get the same amount of protein in soybeans as you would in tuna. Eat less, get more. Carbs put on fat, especially in older athletes. I’m faster now at 55 than when I was at 48 when a vegan . What changed was more animal protein, more strength training, BCAA and other amino supplements, resulted in lower body fat and more power than when I was a vegan. Sprinting is all about strength to weight ratio. If I were consuming all those carbs required to get the same protein as fish, I’d be heavier, not as fast. Fish and eggs are pretty much the only animal products I eat. Returned from the World Masters Championships in Lyon with 2 individual medals (400/200m). 2015 – ranked 3rd in the world in my age group in these events. Of course, endurance athletes can get away with a bigger carb load but endurance is more about lungs and vo2 max then it is about legs and power.

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