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Here’s how much it would cost to eat like The Mountain from Game of Thrones

The groceries budget of actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, is almost as big as his forearms. Almost.

Björnsson, who plays Cersei Lannister’s imposing bodyguard, is the strongest man in Westeros.

He’s also officially the World’s Strongest Man after winning the competition in the Philippines in 2018.

Maintaining his hulking physique is no mean feat and Björnsson is very serious about his diet.

“I want to fuel my body with the best nutrition I can for strength,” he told CBNC Make It . “This is my job, and my body is my job, and I treat it as a job.”

What does that look like? It starts with seven meals a day. If you ask me, eating seven meals a day kind of sounds like a dream job. However, Björnsson operates on a strict and exhaustingly repetitive menu that kind of reduces the appeal.

“Every morning, I eat six eggs, six pieces of bacon, maybe one cup of rice,” he said.

His next meal is 250g of rib eye steak (scotch fillet), accompanied by another 200g of rice, 200g of carrots, and 200g of red capsicum.

The five meals after that? Exactly the same: steak, rice, carrots and capsicum.

It’s disappointing to learn that his diet doesn’t include Popeye quantities of spinach. His parents clearly weren’t as careful as mine with the “always eat your greens” lesson, though the deficit doesn’t seem to be doing his biceps much harm.

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So, how much does it cost to eat 1.5kg of scotch fillet a day? In total, we’re talking:

  • 10.5kg of steak
  • 8.4kg each of carrots and capsicum
  • Nearly 10kg of rice
  • 42 eggs
  • 42 pieces of bacon (which is probably at least 1.2kg)

That is every week.

If you bought all of that at Woolworths, your weekly shopping bill would come to about $413.65. That’s also assuming he’s not going for the premium steak, which would blow the budget right over the $600 mark.

Annually, you’re looking at $21,500 to eat bucketloads of bacon and eggs and then the same steak meal 2190 times a year. I’m sure I’m not the only one who could come up with a more exciting way to eat 20 grand.

Well, my friends, that’s why he’s the world’s strongest man and we aren’t.

[Feature image courtesy of HBO]

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