Virat Kohli has joined the vegan club of athletes. According to a report in a national daily, Kohli turned vegetarian four months ago and the run-machine is now on a new diet plan to further improve his fitness.Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams, four-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and legendary sprinter Carl Lewis are among the top athletes who turned vegetarian in the past.Kohli is undoubtedly among the fittest athletes in the world and being the youth icon that he is, people look up to him. The India captain has been setting fitness goals not only for the masses but also for other professional athletes around the world.”Two years ago, when he was on a normal diet, he had said that he would go vegan if given a choice. He is now feeling stronger than before,” a source was quoted as saying by the Times of India.Also read – Virat Kohli wants wives to be allowed to accompany players on full overseas tours: ReportsThe source also revealed that Kohli has given up eating meat, egg and dairy products.Also read – Kohli breaches 1000-run barrier in Tests for 3rd consecutive year after 24th hundred”Kohli started this diet four months ago and is feeling stronger as his digestive power has increased. He isn’t missing meat, eggs or dairy,” sources said.In November last year, Kohli had revealed his workout and diet plan in a chat show ‘Breakfast with Champions’.Kohli conceded on the show that he hasn’t eaten butter chicken and naan for few years.advertisementIt takes years of hard work to get into the kind of shape that Kohli exhibits. He revealed how he spends two sessions and four hours in the gym during off season and at least one and a half hours every day.”I have a set breakfast. I eat an omelette, three egg whites, one whole egg. The spinach black pepper and cheese, some grilled bacon or smoked salmon along with it. I eat papaya or dragon fruit if it’s available or watermelon. I eat decent amount of cheese for good fats. I carry my own butters and I get gluten free bread from the hotels…so I apply on that. Then a nice big pot of green tea with lemon, I drink three to four cups of that,” Kohli said on ‘Breakfast with Champions’.Also read – Virat Kohli best batsman across formats in the world: Sunil Gavaskar”When our trainer Mr. Basu tells me to put on a bit of muscle then I increase red meat. Otherwise generally for lunch it’s grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, spinach and veggies and for dinner it’s seafood,” he said.Kohli recently became the first Indian captain to complete 1000 runs in Test cricket three years in a row when he struck his 24th hundred, against West Indies in Rajkot earlier this week.