"It's super similar to what I eat at home," he says, adding that his nutrition coach, Stan Efferding brings fresh meat to his hotel room every day they are on the road. He also keeps a rice cooker and a fridge full of "carrots and eggs and everything, so I can eat on my schedule."
Hafthor kicks things off with breakfast at 7 a.m., which involves six eggs, "dozens" of rashers of bacon, and three pieces of French toast. Then, he takes his vitamins and goes on a 10-minute walk to help get his digestion moving before chowing down again about "about two and a half hours" later.
At 9:33 a.m. he sits down to a plate of rice, spinach, bison and chicken stock, as well as a serving off supplements. Next, he hits the treadmill for 10 minutes while simultaneously munching on an orange. While Björnsson says his main goal is maintaining muscle mass, there are certain events in the comp that require a high level of stamina. "It's a fine line for me," he explains. "I can still be 200 kilograms but still have enough endurance for strongman—I feel like if I get much heavier than that it's going to affect my endurance a lot."
After interviews and photoshoots, he noshes on another bison rice bowl and washes it all down with a 30-minute nap.
Meal four looks a little like this: Carrots, rice, steak, spinach, eggs, and chicken broth. Once Björnsson's done, he sets off for another walk. ("The easiest part is the training, the hardest part is the diet.")
His second to last meal of the day is consumed back in his room. "Same again, rice, spinach and bison," he says. "I'll have a couple of carrots as well."
Björnsson wraps up his day on a plate at a restaurant with friends (he calls this his "cheat meal.") Here, he indulges in a deviled egg, chicken wings and some french fries, as well as steak, potatoes, carrots and spinach.
"One cheat meal once in a while is fine as long as you stay on track the rest of the planning. I had five really good meals today, one cheat meal."
"I treat my body the same way I would treat a brand new car," he continues. "You have to treat it well so it can run for a long time. While you're competing lifting these heavyweights, you want to fuel the body up with good nutrition so you can recover faster from all the heavy work. So nothing changes. I eat the same thing every single day. You might think it's boring, but I love it. I absolutely love it."
Whatever works, Björnsson.