Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He’s Healthier Now Than He Was In His Bodybuilding Days

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had an extensive and versatile career. At 15, he started lifting weights, and by his early 20s, he was a professional bodybuilder.

From there, he moved into acting — he’s most well-known for his roles in Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator franchise. He then moved into politics; in the early 1990s, he was chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Then, in 2003, he was elected governor of California.

Over the years, Arnold has done a lot. Now he’s fighting climate change. One of the things he’s doing to combat climate change on a small scale is eating less meat.

Arnold — who once ate a ton of animal products to get enough protein for bodybuilding — now tries to eat a plant-based diet.

“As I got older and as I started reading up on it, I recognized the fact that you really don’t have to get your protein from meat — or from animals,” he explained in an interview. Once he did the research, he started transitioning to a more vegetarian-type diet.

“Now with doing it the right way, with the right spices, all of a sudden I love it much more than the meat,” Arnold said of vegetables.

With his transition to veggies, Arnold’s cholesterol dropped a lot. In fact, at 69 years old, his cholesterol was lower than it ever was before. Now Arnold is encouraging others to follow suit — both for their health and for the environment.

Arnold has opened up about his love for vegetables while promoting his new documentary, The Game Changers, which delves into the rise of plant-based eating among professional athletes.

Watch the video to see what else Arnold had to say about his new diet!

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