Lewis Hamilton weighs as much as Canelo Alvarez after ‘bulking up’ in training

Lewis Hamilton weighs almost as much as super middleweight boxing champion Canelo Alvarez after gaining 15lbs of muscle from a vegan diet.

In 2018 the Formula One legend decided to only stick to plant-based foods, which he said enabled him to pile on the protein and increase his muscle mass to around 165lbs.

His decision followed new F1 rules allowing drivers to increase their weight without being at a disadvantage against their naturally lighter competitors.

The 36-year-old’s bulkier physique now stands at 161lbs, meaning he could compete in the same weight division (super middleweight) as Alvarez, who weighed in at 168lbs when he stopped Caleb Plant in the 11th-round to become the undisputed champion last month.

Talking about his new physique on Instagram, Hamilton wrote: “I was 68kg (150lb). I’ve had to be that weight for the past 12 years and finally rules change this year and I can eat a little more and bulk up.

“I’m at 75kg (165lb) now and happier. I have plenty of protein in my diet and I’ve gained muscle, and I’m healthier and happier than I’ve ever been.

“Wish I did it sooner.”

Hamilton also admitted in an earlier 2018 interview that he was relishing the rule changes for allowing him to get rid of his “chicken legs” by adding more muscle.

He explained: “I should be a different athlete next year, I’m excited about that.

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“I’m excited to go and eat, increase my intake, I can be a little bit heavier next year. I can be stronger.”

And that appeared to have paid dividends with the Englishman going on to win the F1 championships in both 2019 and 2020, matching Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles in the process.

Hamilton has the opportunity to extend that record later on Sundy at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

He is currently level on 369.5 points with title rival Max Verstappen after a fascinating year of F1.

That means the final race of the 2021 season will be the first time since 1974 that the top two drivers head into the final round level on points.

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