Well, the much anticipated Clegane Bowl didn’t happen the recent episodes and there is an uncertainty hovering over the probability of it happening in the future. That’s because we all know how R.R.Martin loves to play with the fans’ mind. But what we know for sure is that there is a very good possibility of you becoming as strong as 6ft 9in 180kg heavy The Mountain himself! Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (“Thor” for short), who plays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in The Game of Thrones, has posted his diet on a social networking website for the upcoming ‘World’s Strongest Man’ competition. And there is no doubt, that his diet is FUCKING INSANE!
Here’s the insane ‘Mountain’ diet, as posted on Facebook:
6:50 a.m. Morning workout! Cardio + CORE for 30min BCAA, Glutamine + handful of almond
7:30 a.m. 8 eggs + 200gr Oats + blueberries & strawberries + avocado
9:30 a.m. 400gr Beef, 400gr Sweet potatoes, handful of spinach & greens
11:50 a.m. BCAA, glutamine
12 p.m. 400gr Chicken + 400gr potatoes, greens + some fruits
2 p.m. Blender = 150gr oats or sweet potatoes, 2 bananas 150gr Kellogg’s rice Krispies, frozen berries, handful almonds, peanut butter and glutamine
2:30 p.m. Training strongman, BCAA, glutamine, Vitargo
5:30 p.m. 60gr protein + 2 bananas
6 p.m. 500gr beef + potatoes, greens
8:30 p.m. 500gr salmon + 500gr sweet potatoes
10:30 p.m. 50gr casein protein* or 6 eggs + avocado + 30gr almonds + 50gr peanut butter
Drink a lot of water throughout the day + Juices to get more calories!!
Middle of the night 50gr casein protein or raw eggs
Yep, just follow this diet and you may stand the chance to be as strong as The Mountain. Alright then, let’s get into the scientific reasoning.
Let us start with the supplement usage in the diet which is primarily for the protein. There is no scientific evidence that the BCAAs (Branched chain amino acids) provide any more protein than a glass of milk does. So going with milk as a substitute for BCAA might be a good and a rather safe option. BCAAs do seem to be useful in offsetting the soreness associated with muscle damage – although they do not improve the recovery of muscle function. Another supplement which is used is the non-essential amino acid glutamine. Again, there is no scientific evidence to back the performance enhancing effects of the supplement.
Next comes the protein factor. Protein consumption plays a very important part in a diet, especially ones where there has to be a regular control over the muscle growth. While the Mountain consumes anywhere from a 50g midnight snack to 150g in the beef in his main meal, for the normal young, healthy adults, 0.4g/kg of protein per meal is sufficient to stimulate the muscle growth response. It is very important to distribute the protein consumption throughout the day. This has to be done in accordance with your height and weight. Research suggests that regular intake of high-quality protein sources spread throughout the day may help the rest of us achieve a healthy and functional old age by allowing us to better hold on to our muscle as we age.
Midnight snacks aren’t necessary for the ‘normal’ people as our calorie intake recommendation is somewhere around 2500 while The Mountain has to intake around 10000 calories per day!
Around 4000 calories that The Mountain intakes, comes from the so-called “heart-healthy” polyunsaturated fats from sources such as almonds, oily fish, and avocados. These types of fats are essential to a healthy, balanced diet no matter who you are.
Obviously, it goes without saying that training is one of the essential parts of the diet. The main point here is that while the ‘mere mortals’ may not ever need to consume a diet of this magnitude, it is possible to be stronger than we are and enhance our performances in certain aspects of our lives by following a similar diet. Or just lead a better and healthier lifestyle by diet control.