The Game Changers caused quite a stir when it dropped on Netflix late last year, with its claims that eating animal products can have a detrimental effect on your health, fitness, and sexual performance. Shortly after the film came out, YouTuber Doctor Mike watched The Game Changers, along with the in-depth Joe Rogan interviews surrounding some of the documentary’s thornier assertions, in an attempt to give an honest overview from a scientific outlook.
“I do feel it was made from an activist scientist standpoint,” he says. “They didn’t present any counterarguments, and when you’re making a documentary I think it’s in the documentary’s best interest to put all the perspectives in there, or at least the ones, so that we as viewers can decide for ourselves what’s real and what’s not.”
Mike acknowledges that while the film’s goal–encouraging people to reduce their of animal products–is a valid one, it uses scare tactics, false equivalencies and ” statements” to get its point across.
“We have to be careful that not only are we presenting all the factually, but also how is it being understood by the audience?” He says. “”I wish they wouldn’t resort to these examples that aren’t scientifically meaningful. What does it mean to see triglycerides floating in your blood? What does it mean that these three gentlemen didn’t get at night when they ate something else? It’s not a controlled experiment, there’s so many variables at play.”
raised by the documentary is whether or not going vegan will give you more energy. “First of all, it depends on what you’re switching from and what you’re switching to,” says Mike. “If you’re eating pizzas and burgers, then you switch to a healthy vegan diet, you’re gonna feel like you have a lot of energy. But if you were eating a Mediterranean diet, then you switch to a refined carbs and processed foods that are vegan, your energy levels may fall… I don’t think [veganism] is a magic pill.”
Overall, Mike applauds the general message of The Game Changers in terms of showing how a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be detrimental to fitness and performance. “I think the strength of this documentary was debunking that old myth that you couldn’t be vegan and put on muscle. You absolutely can,” he says. “You need to plan accordingly and supplement accordingly, but outside of that, make sure you have a good workout routine.”