‘Vegan Badass’ muscle man pumps iron, smashes stereotypes
By Susie East, for CNN
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5:30 AM EDT, Wed July 6, 2016
Patrik Baboumian is a gentle giant whose concern for animal welfare made him become a vegan.
Baboumian wants to inspire others to become vegans like himself, proving that you can be super strong by living off plants alone.
Before becoming vegan he would drink 10 liters of milk a day -- but now he's made the switch to soy milk, which he says is better for the environment. Baboumian says animal agriculture is a bigger contributor of carbon dioxide and climate change than all global transport put together.
Badoumian says there are plenty of tasty alternatives to meat, and with the growth of the meat substitute industry, flavors are getting closer to the real thing.
To maintain his bodybuilding lifestyle he eats plenty of beans, lentils, rice and potatoes.
He smashed several of his own world records after becoming vegan, and is currently the record holder for most weight ever "carried" by a human being, walking 10 meters with a 1,216-lb load.
"I'm not saying everyone should go vegan in just a few days but I'm saying we should reduce the amount of animal products that we use dramatically," Baboumian says. "If everyone would do that they would already have a huge impact."