In season 4 of Game of Thrones, one of the show's most dramatic sequences to date unfolded in a duel between the Mountain and the Viper. The Mountain, whose nickname would be an extreme exaggeration for most, was portrayed by Hafþór Björnsson of Iceland, a professional strongman weighing close to 400 pounds. If any human can embody an enormous geological formation forged over ages of tectonic shifting, it's him. To maintain that image, though, he has to eat an obscene amount of food.
As Björnsson is currently training for the 2016 World's Strongest Man competition, he needs to be at peak muscle mass and calorie intake. Apparently, just a day of that intake includes eight eggs, 400 grams of beef, 400 grams of sweet potatoes, 200 grams of oats, a bunch of veggies and fruit, and a healthy dose of glutamine. Before lunch.
Björnsson posted his full day's eating regimen on Facebook, and you'll feel full for a month just by reading it:
"People been asking me a lot about my diet and what I eat! Here's my diet plan for my preparation for World's Strongest Man 2016! Yes this is a lot & I don't recommend YOU to try this!!
6:50 Morning workout! Cardio + CORE for 30min Bcaa, Glutamine + handful of almonds
7:30 8 eggs + 200gr Oats + blueberries & strawberries + avocado
9:30 400gr Beef, 400gr Sweet potatoes, handful of spinach & greens
11:50 Bcaa, glutamine,
12:00 400gr Chicken + 400gr potatoes, greens + some fruits
14:00 Blender = 150gr oats or sweet potatoes, 2 bananas 150gr kelloggs rice krispies, frozen berries, handful almonds, peanut butter and glutamine
14:30 Training strongman, Bcca, glutamine, Vitargo
17:30 60gr protein + 2 banans
18:00 500gr beef + potatoes, greens
20:30 500gr salmon + 500gr sweet potatoes
22:30 50gr casein protein or 6 eggs + avacado + 30gr almonds + 50gr peanut butter
Drink a lot of water throughout the day + Juices to get more calories!!
middle of the night 50gr casaine protein or raw eggs"
Yes, he wakes up in the middle of the night to get more calories. At this point, it's not clear which is harder: the lifting of exceptionally heavy objects, or the force-feeding of an entire week's worth of groceries in one day.