This Is How Much Food ‘The Mountain’ From ‘Game of Thrones’ Actually Eats in a Day
Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson may be a world record-breaking Icelandic strong man. But he is best known as the ruthless warrior Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones. Of course, no measly diet is grand enough to fuel this 6-foot-9, 397-pound titan. And since the show has helped him develop a cult following, Björnsson — nicknamed “Thor” outside of Westeros — has been generous enough to share his meal plan with the world.
Here’s how much food “The Mountain” actually eats in a day.
- His contract ensured he never skipped a meal
Sure, Björnsson maintains a crazy diet plan when he’s preparing for the World’s Strongest Man competitions. But when it came to filming Game of Thrones, it was actually written into his contract that he had to avoid skipping meals, even if he was busy filming. This meant that Björnsson was reportedly eating every two hours to maintain weight.
Next: And he wasn’t just taking little snack breaks either.
The calorie count
- It’s estimated he eats eight meals a day and consumes 10,000 calories
Maintaining weight during a rigorous workout schedule means Björnsson eats every couple of hours whether he is filming GoT or training for a world event. While his early morning workout consists of a “handful of almonds” most of his meals are much more involved. Business Insider estimated that Björnsson’s daily menu consists of eight meals a day for a staggering 10,000 calories.
Next: How does anyone even fit that many calories into a day?!
All the eggs
- He eats around 14-15 eggs a day
Take a look at Björnsson’s daily meal plan — which he posted to his social media accounts — and you will see that he eats an impossible amount of protein. While beef and salmon appear to be dinner staples, “The Mountain” spends a good portion of his day filling up on eggs. According to the meal plan he posted, it appears he eats roughly 14-15 eggs in a single day.
Next: Wait, no carbs?
Oats and potatoes
- Lots of potatoes are a must
A long day of intense workouts will leave anyone in need of a sugar boost to keep going. For the fuel to keep plugging through the day, Björnsson says he eats oats and sweet potatoes. In fact, he includes either one of these in an afternoon smoothie along with berries, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies.
Next: Since we mentioned berries…
The green stuff
- Even though he eats a lot, he also eats fairly well
With all the protein and potatoes packed into Björnsson’s diet, it’s amazing he has any room to eat any fruits or vegetables. But as it turns out, there’s plenty of produce packed into his 10,000 calorie day. Berries make an appearance in his favorite smoothie and breakfast, and he eats two bananas between afternoon training sessions. Spinach is his green of choice, which he allegedly adds to his meals throughout the day.
Next: But wait, there’s still more…
- Juice and protein powder round out his day
In addition to all the protein he’s already consuming during the day, “The Mountain” has a couple servings of glutamine — a popular protein powder in the fitness industry. He also notes in his social media post that it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day and have water on hand, and that juices are good for getting even more calories into the day.
Next: Finally — does this plan come recommended?
Recommended for the average joe?
While Björnsson himself has clearly had success with this massive meal plan, he doesn’t promote it as something his fans should take on. “Yes this is a lot and I don’t recommend YOU to try this,” he writes in his social media post. At least if White Walkers ever show up, we all know how to bulk up and get into fighting shape.
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