Hafthor Bjornsson, also known as “The Mountain” from “Game of thrones” is, as we already know, a massive specimen.
If you’re not familiar with him, check out our previous article, where we talk about his early life and how he became the man he is today.
On there, we scratched the surface of his nutrition by mentioning what products his nutrition consists of.
“I eat a lot of sweet potatoes. A lot of meat, fish, chicken and healthy fats like almonds and cocoa butter. I love greens like spinach, avocado, broccoli.”
For this article however, we’ll go through The Mountain’s FULL day of eating. This way, you will see just how much he eats to maintain his nearly 400 lbs body.
Hafthor says that motivation can’t be taught. He thinks some people just have it in their blood.
The Mountain himself for example, gets up at 8 am fresh and hungry, ready to do his things.
To start off the day, he eats a massive breakfast meal.
His breakfast totals at 1413 calories, consisting of the following:
- 6 eggs
- 6 bacon rashes
- Oatmeal with oats, whey protein, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, chiaseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, banana and honey
To top that off, he drinks 330 ml of orange juice.
Now you may think he’s just stacking calories, but there definitely is some science to his nutrition.
He gets good protein & fats from the bacon and the eggs.
The oats and seeds give him a decent amount of complex carbohydrates and the banana, honey and orange juice give him simple, quick carbohydrates.
What this means is that the banana, honey and orange juice, stimulate the pancreas to secrete more insulin.
That in turn eases the digestion of the complex carbohydrates and helps store them as glycogen for activity later.
Pretty cool huh?
Hafthor knows that achieving good physical improvements is a matter of having a sustainable plan.
That’s why he dedicates some of his time after breakfast to cook his food for the rest of the day and even a couple of days in advance.
“I’m always ready to eat every two hours, I just cook and pack my food and I’m ready to go”
To start with his main meals for the day, the mountain relies on the following ingredients:
- Ribeye steak
- Bell pepper
- Chicken stock
- Coconut water
- Dextrose (Basically glucose)
Yet again, for the naked eye this is a big ass 1000 calorie meal, but the mountain knows a couple of things about food.
The ribeye steak and red meat in general contain creatine. Creatine phosphate (CP) is a secondary energy storage of the body, used to regenerate ATP (Adenosine triphosphate, main energy currency of living organisms).
In other words, the mountain knows how to get powered up for his daily workouts.
Meal number 3 for the mountain is pretty much the same as meal number 2.
However, he adds 5 baby white potatoes, a cup and a half of orange juice and a banana.
By the end of the video you’re about to see, hafthor shows that he’s conscious about the contents of his food.
“After this meal, we’ll eat a banana. Just for some extra potassium, you know”
Potassium is an important electrolyte, that helps regulate fluid balance, nerve signals and muscle contractions.
So far, we have 3 meals totaling at 3609 calories. On average, one of Hafthor’s meals is about 1300 calories.
According to The Mountain himself, he eats about 6 of those per day.
That’s pretty much about 5 digits at a solid 10,000 calories each and every day.
Again, maintaining such an enormous body requires quite the effort.
And that effort is not only expressed by lifting heavy in the gym, but also dedicating time to cooking and eating.
Sebastian Oreb, an Australian strength coach, tried to see if he can keep up with Hafthor’s daily nutrition.
Needless to say, he had trouble staying up to par with this monster of a man.
Check out the video below!