For most ordinary people, food exists for pleasure. Of course, we eat because it is a necessary requirement in order for our body to function, but the food we choose to pass through our lips is completely dependent on each individual's personal taste. For some, that's the taste of a succulent slice of steak, for others, it's the flavor sensation you experience when biting into a bar of silky dark chocolate - others even relish the opportunity to munch on a crisp piece of lettuce!
Meanwhile, there are those who eat for a variety of different purposes. For example, marathon runners thrive on vegetables, whole grains and carbohydrates to fuel their body during intense running sessions. Then you have runway models, such as the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show stars, who virtually starve themselves on a diet consisting exclusively of juices before binging on fast food once the stage show is complete. But models are not the only people with an extreme diet...
'The Mountain' from Game of Thrones has eating habits which are as extreme as you'd expect for a man of his size.
For those who aren't familiar with 'The Mountain' (I mean, where have you been? At 6ft 9in, he's pretty hard to miss!) let me explain. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, known as 'Thor' for short, is the current World's Strongest Man.
The Icelandic muscleman found international fame when he appeared in four seasons of the critically-acclaimed television series, Game of Thrones, where he brought Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane to life.
Since his debut on the show, Björnsson has become an idol to the booming fitness industry, cashing in on his size in a similar fashion to Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
His ability to lift heavy weights is incredible. Just watch this...
Björnsson tips the scales at a shattering 180kg (28.5 stone) and in order to maintain that bulk, the gentle giant has to consume a large quantity of food - a colossal 12,000 calories every day, to be precise. Just to put that into perspective, the daily recommended amount for a grown male is 2,000 calories. I mean, the guy makes Conor McGregor look like a wimp!
In preparation for the World's Strongest Man competition, Björnsson shared his outlandish diet plan - and, due to its absurdity, it unsurprisingly went viral.
"People [have] 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!!" the man mountain wrote on his Instagram page.
"6:50 Morning workout! Cardio + CORE for 30min Bcca, 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 Bcca, 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 bananas
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 [sic]."
"Drink a lot of water throughout the day + Juices to get more calories!! middle of the night 50gr casaine protein or raw eggs [sic]," he adds, for his disbelieving fans.
Now, even for someone like me who loves to eat, this is excessive. Not only that, but it is also a life-threatening quantity of food to consume for the average person - but, then again, 'The Mountain' is certainly not your average person!