Here’s the astonishing amount of food you have to eat to become World’s Strongest Man
The recipe for getting super strong is more or less straightforward: keep lifting heavier weights until you’ve got muscles coming out of your ears.
But if you’re going to burn as many calories as former World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall, you’re going to need a diet that’ll replenish them.
The 31-stone Brit - who recently announced his intention to retire from the World's Strongest Man - had to eat a whopping 12,500 calories a day to train for the competition, five times what the average man consumes.
In fact, the weightlifter - known as ‘The Beast’ - had to eat so much during training that he even woke up in the middle of the night to chug down protein shakes before going back to sleep.
Here’s the belly-bursting amount of food a World’s Strongest Man eats for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an average day:
Early morning snack at 3am: Protein shake
Next snack at 7am: Protein shake
Breakfast at 9am: Sausages, beans, tomatoes, beef jerky, porridge, fruit
Mid-morning snack: 100g cashew nuts, 1 litre of cranberry juice
Lunch: Steak, chicken, pasta, half a family cheesecake
Snack at 3pm: tuna sandwiches, flapjacks and fruit, 2 litres of cranberry juice
Post-training snack: Protein shake
Evening meal: Spaghetti Bolognese or steak and chips
Before bed snack: Protein bar
And bear in mind we haven’t specified quantities here, so we’ll leave Eddie himself to clear that up.
He told the Daily Star last year, “If the average person eats a bowl of porridge... I will eat a bucket.”
And if by some miracle Eddie’s feeling a bit peckish after all that, he might indulge in a pepperoni pizza as a special treat.
Or maybe a hamburger twice the size of your head, as seen in this video…
While it’s fun to marvel at the insane amount of food a strongman eats, it’s the feats of strength they can perform because of it that’s really exciting.
See it with your own eyes at Giants Live: World’s Strongest Man Tour Finals 2018 (Manchester, September 15) and Britain’s Strongest Man 2019 (Sheffield, January 19).
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