Veganism probably doesn't come to the forefront of your mind when you think about a diet that supports weightlifting. We've been raised to think that meat and eggs are the best source of protein for humans, but there are plenty of vegan athletes out there who prove that plants can give you all the fuel you need to be strong and fit.
I've been following a strictly plant-based diet for a couple of years now, and over the past several months I've been avidly lifting weights as well. I do six strength-training sessions each week, along with three runs, and my vegan diet helped me gain several pounds of muscle and shed excess fat.
My recovery time is faster, and my physique has completely changed for the better.
A few years ago, I was a CrossFit junkie who ate a strictly Paleo diet. I followed this lifestyle for a little over a year, and I can definitively say that what the vegan diet offers me far outweighs whatever the Paleo diet did. I have more energy, my recovery time is faster, and my physique has completely changed for the better.