To Game of Thrones fans he’s known as “The Mountain” but his real name is actually Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson – pronounced “Haf-thor” – but goes by Thor for short. When he’s not decapitating horses with a sword on the show, he has a pretty busy life.
The 400-pound Icelandic demi-god is lifting 1,500-pound logs, carrying a couple of fridges, training to become the World’s Strongest Man and documenting it all on Instagram. Oddly enough, his posts never get annoying (but if it did, would you tell him? Probably not).
The 27-year-old, six-foot-nine actor is a force to be reckoned with and he takes his training very seriously. A recent post revealed how he fuels his boulder body – and it’s just as graphic and revolting as some of the more explicit duel scenes on Game of Thrones.
Why does Björnsson do this? Well, he needs an absurd amount of calories and protein to keep up his size, strength and activity level – to levels even the Dwayne Johnson would be impressed with.
He eats more by 9:30 am than most guys do all day. His three-morning feedings include eight eggs, steak oats, sweet potatoes, avocado, fruit, nuts, greens and supplements (specifically BCAAs and Glutamine).
What’s great about this is that he apparently gets so tired of eating that stuff, he sometimes dumps his meals into a blender and mixes it all up to get it down in one. Talk about a protein shake. His poor blender.
Pre-lunch, a couple of minutes before midday he chugs down some more supplements, then for lunch he eats 800 grams of chicken breast and potatoes, with greens and some fruits.
A mere two hours later, at 2 pm, Thor blends 150 grams of oats or sweet potatoes, on top of eating two bananas, 150 grams of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, frozen berries, a handful of almonds, peanut butter and some more supplements. I love how, even with these monstrous amounts of food, there’s still a little kid inside The Mountain that wants Rice Krispies in the afternoon.
At 2:30, strongman training begins and he gets himself pumped with BCAAs and a few more supplements, then he gives himself a three-hour rest before having dinner (or whatever number meal he’s at, I’ve lost count).
At 6:30 he has 60 grams of protein, two bananas and 500 grams of beef, potatoes and greens. He ends the day at eight thirty with 500 grams of salmon and 500 grams of sweet potatoes. Björnsson himself doesn’t recommend that you try his plan (nor do I, please for the love of god, do not eat eight eggs in one go. It’s too much for anyone). What I will say is that this high-protein diet can be easily adapted to your specific needs.
At it’s core, it provides the nutrition and energy you’d need to lift heavy and keep your energy up after. Great if you want to lose weight or bulk up. If you do try it, let me know how chicken and potatoes taste blended.