Hafthor Bjornsson has revealed how he ditched the 10,000-calorie diet he consumed as a strongman in order to transform his body to become a boxer ahead of his clash with Eddie Hall.
Bjornsson, who is known as ’Thor’ and ‘The Mountain’ from his time on HBO hit Game of Thrones, is preparing to fight his strongman rival Hall in a boxing grudge match which was originally scheduled for September.
However, Hall suffered a detached bicep injury which forced the bout to be postponed until 2022, with March the likely date the battle goes down.
Bjornsson, who won his first boxing bout, has impressively altered his body, trimming down from 205kg (just over 32 stone) to 150kg (23.6 stone) while appearing much leaner and lighter.
The Icelandic superstar posted a YouTube video this week highlighting how he eats five meals a day – and while they are still huge, they take in far less calories than he previously did.
“My diet has changed a lot since my strongman days. I used to eat a lot of rib-eye steak, a lot of rice,” Bjornsson admitted. “The reason why I eat flank steak than rib-eye is because it is a lot leaner.
“The calories I eat in a day are a lot less. I used to eat 10,000 calories a day, now I eat not even close to that.”
He supposedly eats a 250g flank steak along with two eggs, oats (60g), strawberries (100g) and blueberries (50g) for his first meal, and follows that up with 250g of beef tenderloin with 140g of rice cooked in chicken stock and 100g of spinach.
Bjornsson moves to cod (225g), spinach (100g) and potatoes (250g) for the third meal and then goes for more fish with salmon (225g), rice (100g) and courgette (100g) in the fourth.
For his final meal – which is essentially dessert to cap off a mammoth day of eating – Bjornsson has 250g of the appropriately named Thor’s Skyr yoghurt as well as berries (100g) and 30g of either almond or peanut butter.
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“I know I don’t have time to prep meal number three,” the 32-year-old admitted. “That’s why I have meal number three, and usually number four, always prepped.
“Otherwise if I didn’t have them prepped, then what? Either I’d have to not eat or eat fast food. You won’t get visible abs unless your diet is on point.
“It’s very important to get your bloodwork done and see what the best diet is for you. Very few people do that, but if you want the most out of your diet you have to do that.”
He uses a rowing machine and swimming to get his cardio exercises in as part of his training for the fight, but Bjornsson revealed he cannot run like boxers in the movies.
“I’m too big for running. My knees can’t handle it, that’s why I don’t run,” he concluded.
His rival Hall, clearly not wanting to be upstaged by his opponent’s video, took to YouTube to give an update on his rehabilitation from his injury.
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“Hey guys, I hope everybody’s well, I just want to give you a bit of an update,” he said. “13 weeks ago I detached my bicep, I’ve had it reattached.
“I’ve been back to training, been back in full fight training now, full sparring. Everything’s feeling great.
“So I guess this is a little bit of a nudge to Thor, a bit of a nudge to the promoters, let’s pull the trigger on this fight now.
“Let’s get a venue set, let’s get a date set and let’s make this fight happen.”
The Brit, who won the World’s Strongest Man 2017 competition, also wanted to send a message to Bjornsson.
The 33-year-old fired shots at ’The Mountain’ by suggesting he has a mole inside his team.
“I wanna give a little message to Thor while I’m here,” Hall continued. “So Thor – I’ve seen all your fights and I’ve seen your training footage.
“I’ve even got a pal of mine in your camp who keeps sending me footage as well, so you’ve got some real good friends there mate, well done.
“And I’ve gotta say buddy, I am not impressed in the slightest. Nothing you’ve put out or shown me so far has made me think, ‘Ooh, that’s gonna cause me a problem.’
“And this is the truth now – in two years since we’ve signed the contract, I’ve not seen a single punch thrown from you that’s made me think, ‘Ooh, that would hurt.’
“Not a single punch, and I think everyone that’s watching this can agree with me on that.”
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