How do Navy SEALs manage to stay fit in cold water for six hours? And how can Green Berets keep their energy up in blazing 113°F? Find out in their free 200+ page nutrition guide.
The Warrior AthleteFor a prospective US Navy SEAL, running 1.5 miles in boots under 9 minutes, 18 pull-ups and 90 push-ups in under two minutes is just the "maybe good enough" part. The real trouble starts in week 3 of training - "Hell Week."These are 5 1/2 days of continuous training, each lasting more than 20 hours, including 200 miles of running. Sleep? Yes, you get four hours. For the entire week.Surviving this and all what is to come during their missions takes a very high level of fitness and the right nutrition.For the latter, the different Commands of the Special Operation Forces (SOF) put together one excellent 200+ page book. And they give it away for free.
The Free Spec Op Nutrition GuideI'm not sure I'll ever have to make use of its portions dealing with "missions in water and at depth" or "unconventional warfare." But this book has some of the most concise advice on eating for physical performance I have seen.Among others, it covers the following topics:
- Maintaining energy balance
- Eating for high performance
- Balancing micronutrients
- Nutrient timing
- Healthy eating at home
- Making healthy choices at restaurants
- Picking the right snacks
- Bulking up
- Dietary supplements
- Sustaining health for the long run