Get Fit with Chris Pratt’s Game Planby Robert Gooch January 15 2018
If you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or build muscle, many fitness experts will recommend a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. Wild game is generally higher in protein and nutrients than farmed meats, while also being lower in fat – which is why Hollywood’s Chris Pratt said he would only wild meat on the diet he dubbed his ‘game plan’.
Once weighing almost 21 stone, Chris Pratt’s incredible weight loss stunned the world. The Jurassic World star’s spectacular transformation was the result of a strict high protein – and to keep fit and lean ahead of filming the sequel, in January 2016 Pratt announced he would only eat wild game for the year ahead as part of a new ‘Game Plan’.
Pratt first revealed his metamorphosis from, as Pratt called him, “super-happy fat sweaty guy” Andy Dwyer in US sitcom Parks and Recreation to sculptured Hollywood hero via Instagram, instantly grabbing headlines. Alongside working out and giving up beer and fried food, Pratt says his high-protein diet helped him tone up and build his now-famous six-pack.
A regular on Instagram, Pratt also used his favourite social media channel to declare his resolution to make game his main source of protein throughout 2016. Sharing a photo of himself vacuum packing venison from a deer he had hunted, Pratt wrote:
"I just filled the freezer with a bunch of tasty meat from an awesome deer hunt in the great state of Texas. Oh! I should tell you: I'm going to start a diet I called 'The Game Plan' where basically I only eat wild game for a year.”
One year on, the trailers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom have been released – and it looks like Pratt’s Game Plan worked out very well indeed for Pratt and his dinosaur training alter ego.
The Game Plan
In January, many of us are feeling the hangover from a month of unhealthy eating, having overindulged on chocolate, alcohol and processed foods high in refined sugar and additives. It’s no surprise that many of us feel the need to detox and clean up our systems when the new year comes around.
Alongside giving up factory-produced food and artificial ingredients, opting for wild game over intensively farmed meat is a sound way to give our bodies what they need. Because game birds and animals roam freely and enjoy a natural foraged diet, they are leaner with less fat and cholesterol. Research commissioned by Game-to-Eat shows the high nutritional value of game: their analysis shows higher levels of protein in venison, pheasant and partridge compared to farmed equivalents, as well as high levels of vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc and selenium.
It’s no wonder choosing wild game over mass produced meats helped Pratt maintain his Jurassic physique.
Your Game Plan
If you’d like to lose weight in 2018 or embrace natural, healthy eating over processed convenience foods, which are often high in saturated fat, salt, sugar and additives, it makes sense to swap supermarket meat for wild game.
When people begin making game a regular part of their diet, they are often surprised how quick and straightforward it is to cook, and how much natural flavour it brings to the simplest of dishes. To make preparation easy, our game is delivered diced, in fillets and steaks, as well as in joints and as oven-ready whole birds (although you can also opt for in fur or in feather in preferred). And our recipes include many nutritious, low-fat meal ideas that make healthy eating a pleasure, rather than a pain. Try swapping Chinese takeaways for an aromatic venison stir fry, lasagne for a lighter but equally tasty partridge risotto, or midweek ready meals in favour of a quick and nutritious warm pheasant salad with wild mushroom dressing.
We don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And we look forward to seeing your post-Game Plan selfies!