The two-time reigning world’s strongest man said he ate pancakes, burgers and pasta to refuel the week before the competition.
Tom Stoltman told GQ he gains up to 22 pounds, or about 10 kilograms, by eating a 13,000 calorie daily diet, which he says helps prepare him for intense 6,000-7,000 calorie workouts.
“We eat for fuel — we don’t eat for quality. We eat to use it to be as efficient as possible at lifting weights,” Stoltman said.
Stoltman said the week before a competition, he would start his day at IHOP, where he would consume a stack of pancakes topped with fruit and honey. He has a small snack a few hours later, then eats a burger and fries for lunch. For dinner, Stoltman said he usually had pasta and chocolate cake for dessert.
Stoltman said his high-calorie diet gave him energy for workouts, but it could affect him physically.
“I don’t like it,” he told GQ. “At the end of the week, I gained 10 kilos, I can barely walk and I don’t know how to lift.”
Stoltman regularly posts workout and diet videos on his Youtube channel with his brother, Luke Stoltman, who is also a strong competitor. He told GQ that he will be taking a break from strongman competitions but hopes to compete next year to defend his title.