Adam Richman
Adam Richman, the star of "Man Finds Food," has a different definition of veganism than most people. Travel Channel

Former “Man v. Food” star Adam Richman made a shocking statement Wednesday: He’s a vegan. Anyone who is familiar with the reality food star knows that’s a crazy thing to hear from Richman since he became famous for taking on extreme challenges and woofing down massive amounts of food on “Man v. Food.” And his ardor for gluttonous treats still exists. He essentially made the choice to become vegan for health reasons and not moral ones.

“I’ve been vegan for the past three months or so, because I’m in training for football right now,” Richman told Hello! Magazine via “And for Soccer Aid I went 100 percent vegan.” The reality star lost 70 pounds in June 2014 and credited his weight loss to playing soccer and making healthier choices.

Richman, 40, explained he will still indulge in some of his favorite foods. “Now does that mean I’m not going to have a steak? No I absolutely will when I want to, but it’s just about picking and choosing my spots, and when I want to have that cow and I wanna have that bacon, I’m going to make it count, I’m going to make it great quality,” he told the magazine.

Some people might argue that Richman’s diet isn’t exactly vegan. He admits that he picks and chooses where he will eat that meat product, and from posts on his Instagram account it seems like he still regularly eats like an omnivore.

“Great for meat eaters, lovers of Korean food, or anyone with taste buds,” he said about kalbi in a post from three weeks ago in Hawaii. When he traveled to Dublin, Ireland, over a month ago, he used hashtags like “steak on fleek” to describe his meal. And there are many more posts like these from the past three months when he was supposedly abstaining from meat and dairy.

Bottom line, if Richman’s a vegan, he throws the term around loosely.

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