Last May, 27-year-old Icelander Hafthor Julius Bjornsson — renowned for his role as "The Mountain" Gregor Clegane on the HBO series "Game of Thrones" — won the World's Strongest Man competition.
At 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing more than 390 pounds, Bjornsson eats eight meals a day and lifts literally tons of weights.
His meals consist of lean meats, grains, vegetables, and healthy fats found in avocados and peanut butter.
He's said: "I eat quite healthy for a big guy ... but you get sick of eating all the time. Today, I was supposed to have chicken with sweet potatoes and greens. Because I didn't want that, I had salmon. We have very good fish in Iceland."
It's true that high protein foods are good to eat after resistance exercising. It encourages muscle building.
But did you know that eating protein after working out — if you eat the right amounts — can also help you lose weight?
It works because refueling with protein after muscle-strengthening activities increases the amount of energy-burning muscle mass, and that uses up extra calories.
To take advantage of the muscle building and weight loss:
• Eat protein up to two hours after working out to fuel protein synthesis.
• Enjoy protein from salmon, trout, or skinless chicken.
• Eat 20-30 grams of protein (it's the equivalent of 4 ounces cooked salmon or 3.5 ounces grilled chicken breast).
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