Monday 26 September 2016

Rice Krispies, avocados, raw eggs in the middle of the night: It's Game of Thrones' The Mountain's diet plan

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 27/04/2016 | 14:09

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Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland competes in the Arnold Classic Professional Strongman competition during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland competes at the Circus Medley event during the World's Strongest Man competition at Yalong Bay Cultural Square on August 24, 2013 in Hainan Island, China. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Game of Thrones actor Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson has shared his daily diet on Instagram – but don’t try this one at home.

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The 27-year-old, who plays Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the hit HBO fantasy drama, has been named Europe’s Strongest Man two years in a row, and has been named in the top three of the World’s Strongest Man for the past four years.

With his eyes on the top spot, the 6’9”, 243lb Icelander is bulking up with a seriously intense diet plan ahead of the 2016 competition.

In an Instagram post, ‘The Mountain’ revealed he eats nine meals a day, including at least 14 eggs.

“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,” he wrote, adding a quick disclaimer. “Yes this is a lot & I don’t recommend YOU to try this!!”

Björnsson kicks off his day at 6.50am with a handful of almonds to fuel his morning workout.

For breakfast at 7.30am, he wolfs down eight eggs along with some oats, blueberries, strawberries and avocado.

By 9.30am, he’s gearing up for a second breakfast of beef, sweet potatoes and a handful of spinach and greens.

Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland competes at the Circus Medley event during the World's Strongest Man competition at Yalong Bay Cultural Square on August 24, 2013 in Hainan Island, China. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
Hafthor Bjornsson of Iceland competes at the Circus Medley event during the World's Strongest Man competition at Yalong Bay Cultural Square on August 24, 2013 in Hainan Island, China. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Lunch at noon features chicken, potatoes, greens and some fruits, and he’s also jumped on the juicing trend.

Throughout the day, he takes plenty of glutamine, and adds some to his 2pm juice of oats/sweet potatoes, bananas, Rice Krispies, frozen berries, almonds and peanut butter.

There’s a quick snack of two bananas at 5.30pm, before he begins the first of his two dinners at 6pm with a plate of beef, potatoes and greens.

Just two and a half hours later, he’s ready for another round with salmon and sweet potatoes.

Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland competes in the Arnold Classic Professional Strongman competition during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson of Iceland competes in the Arnold Classic Professional Strongman competition during the 2016 Arnold Classic on March 19, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Before bed, he downs another six eggs, an avocado, almonds and peanut butter.

But that’s not all – he gets up in the middle of the night to swallow down an extra serving of raw eggs.

Björnsson, who has been named Iceland’s Strongest Man five years running, also shared a video of himself working out, noting “no huge weights for me today” - as he deadlifts with 705lbs.

It’s safe to say we’ll be leaving this one to the pros.

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Game of Thrones/HBO

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