As far as weekends go, it's been a pretty awesome one!! Yesterday was probably the single biggest day in British strongman history. First @eddie_hall_strong's unbelievable world record SMASHING 500kg deadlift. Then, I went on to win Europe's Strongest Man. It was a brutally strong lineup and it's always an honour to share the stage with such amazing athletes and characters. But yesterday it all came together for me and I had the performance of a lifetime. I cannot begin to describe how happy I am!! Last year after yet another injury, I was so ready to quit. I felt like the unluckiest person in the world and it was soul destroying trying to come back again and again. But thanks to the love and support of the amazing people around me, I chose to try again, and yesterday's win made it all worth while. This is as much for them as it is for me. Thank you to my fans, the most loyal and supportive fans I could hope for. And thank you to my sponsors @giantspro @extreme.nutrition.ltd @all_out_athletics @brachial_the_lifestyle_company #europesstrongestman #strongman #teamloz #got #winning #champ
Swindon’s Laurence Shahlaei upset the odds just under a fortnight ago to become Europe’s Strongest Man, impressively defeating Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson in the process.
As you’d expect, overcoming the 6ft 9″ challenge posed by ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones is no mean feat, but Shahlaei has revealed some of the nutrition regime which led him to glory.
And it was not as strict as you may expect…
Me with the one and only #got star the mountain @thorbjornsson . This weekend I had the pleasure of competing with this guy. I beat him for the first in over 4 years and like a true champion he didn't make any excuses he came and congratulated me as did all his family. That's a true champ. Saturday was my night and I'm over the moon about it, but this guy is without question one of the best ever and will one day be world's strongest man. #strongman #athlete #mountain #mountainslayer #europes
Speaking to Gloucestershire Live, Shahlaei said:
I have put some size on this year.
The guys are so big. The Mountain (Hafthor Bjornsson) is about 30 stone and 6ft 9ins and I’m only 6ft 2ins.
It’s pretty much the same every day, so it’s easy to monitor what I’m eating. It’s not forever, after the competitions I relax my diet for a while.
My fiancee Liz Mason does a lot of the cooking, but she eats less than what I eat for breakfast in a whole day!
According to the south-west publication, the strongman consumes around 7,000 calories per day.
Breakfast includes a monster 1,000 calorie smoothie, which is made up of 200g oats, bananas, milk, two scoops of whey protein, and when ‘Big Loz’ is in need of a cheat day sometimes a scoop of ice-cream.
For lunch Shahlaei will eat two large chicken breasts, with a portion of rice and green veg -and on days where he is more relaxed the rice can be subbed for oven chips.
Mid-afternoon lean mince kebabs are on the menu, made with onion, turmeric, salt and pepper, plus a side of more rice, and a large green salad.
At 5:30pm Shahlaei has a repeat of his lunch, according to his Facebook, before sitting down to a family meal at 8:30pm – which consists of 300g lean meat or 500g poultry, plus 500g of sweet potato or 150g of rice.
Then at 10:30pm a pre-sleep six egg white, four whole egg omelette.
His meal plan is also supported by a range of nutritional supplements too, but on weekends Shahlaei enjoys cheat meals of pizza, ice cream, and chocolate.
Well, before you criticise him, the results clearly speak for themselves!
Hopefully it serves him well at the upcoming World’s Strongest Man competition which is set to take place in Botswana in August.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.