Former World’s Strongest Man title holder Eddie Hall is considerably slimmer than he was when he won the competition back in 2017, and in a new video, the reason becomes apparent. For 24 hours, the now 360-pound strongman decided to revisit the epic, calorie-laden diet he would consume on a daily basis during the peak of his training, when he weighed 440 pounds.
The challenge begins at 7 a.m. with a full English breakfast, consisting of 4 sausages, 4 rashers of bacon, 2 fried eggs, baked beans, plum tomatoes, 4 slices of fried bread, and 2 slices of black pudding, all cooked in butter. The meal totals an estimate of 1,700 calories, or 2,000 including coffee and orange juice.
After polishing that all off in 20 minutes, Hall goes back to bed for an hour, as he would have done during his World’s Strongest Man training. Then at 9 a.m. it’s time for second breakfast: 100 grams of oatmeal with whole milk, Manuka honey and raisins, two kiwis, a banana, a 70-gram bag of beef jerky, and 4 scoops of whey protein. This meal comes to around another 1,400 calories.
Hall then takes another nap, which is frankly unsurprising given the sheer amount of food he has already consumed at this point. “I tell you what, it is hard work, all this eating and sleeping,” he says, adding: “This was a daily occurrence back in the day.”
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Ahead of his 11 a.m. physio appointment, he finds time to cram in another snack, comprising 150 grams of cashew nuts and 1 liter of cranberry juice, all of which amounts to another 760 calories.
Then, following physio, it’s lunchtime, where things get serious: a 300-gram ribeye steak, half a kilo of pasta, and 200 grams of vegetables, smothered in mayo and washed down with 1.5 liters of water. A hearty, generous, 3,000-calorie lunch, with a 1,400-calorie dessert of half a family-size cheesecake with cream. But this is where the excessive intake begins to take its toll.
“I remember when I was doing this, all day every day, for four years solid, I began to hate my food,” he says. “It became a chore, food just became unenjoyable… And this is what’s happening now, I feel like I’m eating just for the sake of it.”
After lunch, Hall heads upstairs for another nap, then when he wakes at 3 p.m. it’s time for a second, carb-heavy lunch prior to his afternoon training session: a plate of tuna sandwiches, a box of butter flapjacks, some fruit, and 2 bottles of energy drink. (2,070 calories). “This isn’t going down fast,” he says, mid-mouthful, “but I’ll get it down, don’t you worry!”
While at the gym, Hall pauses his workout for some extra protein in the form of a few slices of roast beef (114 calories), but by now he’s really starting to struggle. “I honestly don’t know how I did this on a daily basis,” he says. “I feel like I’m going to throw up.”
And he still has his evening meal to get through: half a kilo of spaghetti, half a kilo of minced beef, and a full serving of garlic bread (2,900 calories), with another huge helping of cheesecake for dessert (1,499 calories). He then takes a protein bar (200 calories) and another 1.5 liters of water up to bed with him, bringing his day-long total to a staggering 16,164 calories.
“I feel like I’m going to be hugging a toilet now for the next three days,” he says.
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