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John Wayne: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s New Chow Down—The Muscle Man Turns Mostly to Greens

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, once a meat-loving muscle man, has swung his lasso around a new diet and is now eating mostly plants.
  • The fella’s filling his plate with veggie burgers, lentils, salads, and oatmeal, with meat making up only a fifth of his grub.
  • The Austrian Oak starts his day with a workout followed by oatmeal, a salad for lunch, and ends the day with a bowl of soup.
  • Recent survey shows more folks are getting on board the plant-based wagon, with a rise in vegetarian and vegan diets since 2020.

“Well, well, well. Looks like our ol’ pal Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning a new leaf, quite literally. The bodybuilding legend and on-screen tough guy has swapped his steaks for salads, turning 80% vegan, or so he says. He’s been the pinnacle of fitness for as long as I can remember, and let me tell you, I’ve seen my share of sunsets.

Now, Arnold’s a big fella, tips the scale at 250 pounds and needs that much protein in grams each day. But instead of the usual cattle and poultry, he’s munching on veggie burgers, lentils, and beans, with eggs, salmon, and chicken only making up a fifth of his diet.

He’s got a routine, too. After his morning workout, he takes to oatmeal, either paired with Greek yogurt or granola. Come midday, he’s digging into a salad, sometimes with a plant-based burger or a piece of chicken or salmon. When the moon’s high, he likes to keep it light with a bowl of soup.

Now, this ain’t just about Arnold. Seems like more folks are leaving the beef behind. A recent study done by some smart folks at Kansas State University shows that since 2020, about 10 to 15 percent of people identify as vegetarian or vegan. And a global market research company estimates that there are near to 10 million vegans just in the US. Looks like the wagon’s getting crowded, wouldn’t you say?”

“Now, I ain’t one to judge a man’s chow choices. If Arnold wants to eat his greens, more power to him. I’ve always been a meat and potatoes man myself. But I reckon this plant-based trend is a sign of the changing times. I’ve seen folks do all sorts of things in the name of health and fitness. If it keeps ’em hale and hearty, I say go for it. But I’ll tell you this, I’d still prefer a good steak over a veggie burger any day of the week.”

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