10. Daniel Bryan
Weight: 210 pounds
While Bryan is currently injured, he seems on the right track with his fitness routines and diet to make a quick recovery. He switched to plant-based living after a series of three staph infections because, so his logic goes, meat takes more energy to process, and he could use that extra help to fight off the infections. It worked, but he also overdid it with soy, leading to a soy intolerance in 2012. These days he is still mostly vegan, but he does add some eggs or a small portion of meat to his plate every now and then. Bryan opts for Chipotle when he needs fast food. His order: veggies, brown rice, and black beans. To stay fit, Bryan trains with some Olympic lifting, but he prefers to stay fit through kickboxing or grappling (a way of practicing wrestling moves and holds).
Room for Improvement: “Unless you’ve got a chef planning and cooking for you, following a vegan diet while you’re a busy athlete and on the road a lot is very difficult to do,” says Kleiner. “Of course you can do it, but often your diet becomes very narrow and restrictive, canceling out the often-desired health benefits of a vegan diet. And if you’re an athlete, all of the fiber from the plant proteins keeps you feeling fuller for longer, which can make training uncomfortable.”Back to top