About Game Changers - But My Opinion on Eating (and Exercise)
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About Game Changers
I’m not sure about other people in the fitness and health business but I have been getting a lot of questions about Game Changers (see it for yourself).
But here is my opinion and story of eating and how I choose to eat today:
Hard Gainer as a Teen
Over my years on this Earth I have changed eating habits depending upon my age and physical goals from hard gainer / power lifter eating to gain weight, wrestler to lose weight, football season to gain weight… then Join the military – I got into killer shape for a spec ops profession and ate more nutritiously and worked harder than ever. Now, as an aging former athlete and “easy gainer” I am focusing on high caliber nutrition and portion control. Basically during the first phase of my life I could eat whatever I wanted - though I chose to eat well - due to high physical activity. Eating to gain weight was tough - it required very big portions. If you want to get big, you have to eat big, and LIFT (is helpful). I was always eating and lifting!
One Day You Quit Being a Hard Gainer
My way of eating now is completely different from how I ate 25 years ago. I strictly focus on portion control now. If you looked at my diet you would say it resembles more of a Mediterranean style diet with lots of fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils, and even, pasta and garlic bread! But portion control. I Never leave the dinner table stuffed anymore. That is my secret now. Plus, I am not a professional athlete and do not need to eat like a professional athlete. Nor do I need to train like a professional athlete.
Now - Still an Easy Gainer
I am now 50 years old and at my college weight of 200 pounds. With a goal of getting a little bit leaner to about 195 (BUDS weight) - Portion control. That’s it. That is my opinion. Many will say the Move More - Eat Less motto is not a good bit of diet advice and it perpetuates bad habits about dieting. I can see that criticism if people starve themselves and try to do ultra marathons. I use it this way and I am not dieting by the way. I am just eating less quantity of foods that make me gain weight easily. I have never stopped moving, never stopped eating healthfully, and still train a few hours a day, but STILL have to watch the amount of food that comes into my body.
Diets, Eating Plans, Fads...
I don’t see me ever giving up meat - eating less - sure. Who knows as I evolve into my 60-70's I may give it up? I don’t see myself eating like a caveman- eating less processed foods - 100%. I don’t see myself going vegan (but eating more fruits / vegetables / nuts 100%) nor do I see me fasting (other than during sleep). I also don't see me eliminating any macro nutrient - except eliminating sugar - I'll try. If your eating plan does any of the above and it works for you - great - keep doing what works for you.
Final NOTE: The Game Changers Movie did appeal to the wanna-be conservationist in me and seeing the environmental costs of producing meat compared to producing plants to eat was staggering.
More About Stew Smith and His Programs / Books
The Heroes of Tomorrow program was developed by former Navy SEAL Stew Smith, tactical fitness author. We can help prepare you for ANY profession that requires a Physical Fitness Test and YOU pay nothing for the training! Warning - it is rather advanced but we can scale it back a bit and teach running and swimming techniques and help you build up to your goal level of fitness.
Tactical Fitness Series
Tactical Fitness Series - Tactical Fitness, Tactical Strength, and Tactical Mobility is an ALL-encompassing program that focuses on lifting, calisthenics, run, ruck, swim, speed, agility, and flexibility / mobility. Many people focusing on USMC (OCS, RECON, MarSOC) Army Ranger / SF, Air Force Special Warfare, SWAT / Federal Law Enforcement, and Navy Special Warfare have done very well focusing on the Tactical Fitness Series and developing themselves into an all-round Tactical Athlete.
Tactical Fitness - At the core of this program is the Tactical Fitness Test which measures 12 standards for your physical capacity, including: cardiovascular conditioning, strength, muscle coordination, and stamina. Tactical fitness means having the skills needed to save lives and extend the limits of your endurance whether you are in the military, police, firefighting professions, or just an everyday hero. Also featured in the Tactical Fitness Test called the Dirty Dozen.
Tactical Strength - Tactical Strength is the lifting program used by Stew Smith and his Military, Police, Fire Fighter fitness program called the Heroes of Tomorrow. It is designed to build strength in the upper body, legs, and core to prepare you better for any load bearing activity (rucking, boat carry, log PT, etc). The program also does not neglect cardiovascular activity and will end workouts with rucking or swimming (or other non impact options (row, bike, elliptical) if needed. The cardio workouts will be quick and fast focusing more on speed and agility than long slow distance. We also use the Tactical Strength Test to test elements of speed, agility, and strength / power.
Tactical Mobility is a comprehensive fitness guide for greater mobility, flexibility, and performance—designed for the men and women serving in military, special ops, law enforcement, emergency services. Tactical Mobility is a perfect fit for any fitness program as a stand alone "Mobility day" supplemented into your regular routine and will help you reach the pain free level of fitness. Gaining flexibility and mobility is the goal of the program and it will help with performance and help reduce injuries.
Tactical Fitness Over 40 Series
In a world where fitness can be the difference of life and death, we will be older for a longer period of time than we are younger. Learning how to progress into those decades smartly with added longevity training - typically in the form of active recovery days and mobility days is going to increase your abilities and decrease your pain. The following Tactical Fitness 40+ series is new programming focused on an often neglected group of active duty and retired veterans of the tactical professions who need to rebuild and take their fitness to the next level in order to enjoy the latter half of their lives:
Tactical Fitness (40+) Foundation Rebuilding (Part 1) - Recovery from Injury or Inactivity (Part 1). This new beginner plan forces you to "treat yourself like a beginner." Even if you do not feel like it, giving yourself a few weeks to easily work your way back into the weight room or any fitness program will pay off and help you rebuild after a long period of inactivity.
Tactical Fitness (40+) - Taking It To The Next Level (Part 2) - Are you ready to advance your fitness level? Well, Taking It To The Next Level after Rebuilding the Foundation (Part 1) is what this 12 week program is all about. Are you Ready to Advance Your Fitness? Progressing into more of an intermediate program with this book will be a steady increase of activity to include running (every other day), adding weights to calisthenics, and other non-impact cardio options.
Tactical Fitness (40+) - Ready to Compete - (Part 3) (Intermediate / Advanced levels) – After you have progressed through the previous phases, you may be ready for something new. Maybe a new challenge or “up your game” to a level that pushes you physically, but also focuses on stress relief and recovery after tough workouts. This program is a great prep for any of the Tactical Fitness, Tactical Strength or Tactical Fitness for the Athlete Over 40 advanced level programs.
Tactical Fitness For The Athlete Over 40 (part 4) Actively Pursuing Recovery and Maintenance - This is part 4 of the above series that is rather advanced but still focused on adding in an easy day and / or mobility day to the week as a way to recover in the middle of the week. This will enable for a better workout number 4,5, or 6 as the week moves into the weekend. Running every OTHER day with non-impact cardio will reduce stress on the knees. Use of non-impact cardio and swimming pool for mobility is helpful as well.
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