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Over the past 18 months, Eddie Hall has lost over three stone in preparation for his long-awaited fight against Hafþór 'Thor' Björnsson.
But while he's put in the hard graft to get in shape for the fight, the 33-year-old still likes to treat himself to the odd cheat day.
Speaking to LADbible, the Beast explains what kinds of foods he likes to eat during when he gets the choice.
"I probably have two, maybe three cheat meals a week," he tells us.
"And they are timed again to, you know, on certain days when I am training and not training. They're to sort of, like, revitalise all the glycogen stores and everything and give my body a bit of a break.
"It's important to have cheat meals, you can't be strict 100 percent of the time, because you just put yourself in a very dark, deep, horrible hole and you start to not enjoy life."
But if you're expecting a mountain of cookies or a big chocolate cake for dinner, a la Dwayne Johnson, think again.
The former World's Strongest Man explains: "It sounds weird, but it's just normal foods, like, I can't have spaghetti bolognese and pizzas and cheesecake, stuff like that, so I just have one or two nights a week where I'm, like, 'Right, I can have a pizza, I can have a little piece of cheesecake', and that'll do me.
"It's just missing those sort of normal creature comforts of your standard spaghetti bolognese, pizzas and steak and chips, you know."
Adding: "The Rock obviously must have a good diet on the side of that [cheat meals], but I couldn't just eat a massive plate of cookies as a meal, it still has to have some substance to it.
"And that's the point of it, a cheat meal isn't just an excuse to eat a pound of fat, it's to give yourself a little bit of variety, to keep spice in your life."
Discussing his incredible weight loss, Eddie says he became monk-like in his adherence to his new regime.
He says: "When I was World's Strongest Man, I was doing 12,000 calories a day. On the back of that, I had a couple of years off just doing TV shows and stuff, and I was probably eating about 8,000 a day and I was sitting at about 175kg, which is what I was when I started the fight prep a year and a half ago.
"Then, as soon as the prep started, for the first time in my athletic career, I got hold of a world-class nutritionist who told me exactly what to eat and when to eat, and I've stuck to that and done it to the tee.
"And I think over the space of 18 months, I've lost 20kg, so about three-and-a-half stone.
"I probably do about 6,000 calories a day now, maybe 5,000 to 6,000, and it's just very high protein.
"And it's all good carbs and fats, which are all-time for the training sessions, so I can't have certain foods at nighttime or certain foods in the morning. So, basically, I have to stick to this regime vigorously."
The World's Strongest Audiobook by Eddie 'The Beast' Hall will be released in May 2022 (W. F. Howes). To pre-order a copy, visit Audible or Google Play.
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