Hafthor Björnsson Crushes Pizza, Ice Cream, and Burritos on His Cheat Day

The 2018 World's Strongest Man knows when its time to indulge.

The hype for “The Heaviest Boxing Match in History” between 2017 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Eddie Hall and 2018 WSM champion Hafthor Björnsson continues to heat up. Both men recently agreed on an additional wager for their bout — both men will donate $200,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice. Hall even extended the wager, offering that the loser should pay one million dollars to charity.

Although Björnsson hasn’t yet made a follow-up statement about the million-dollar wager, he is still fully focused on his preparation for their bout expected to happen around March 2022. “The Mountain” recently took a day off from his strict diet and intense training that’s overhauled his physique to indulge in a cheat day consuming anything he wants to surge his leptin levels and boost his mindset.

Check out the full video below, courtesy of Björnsson’s YouTube channel:

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Although the science isn’t there to support cheat meals reducing cravings for the calorie bombs often consumed during them, the potential improvement in training quality is a potential benefit. That’s valuable for Björnsson who has dropped over 100 pounds since retiring from strongman to become a full-time professional boxer.


The first meal of the day consisted of classic diner-style breakfast foods at Grái Kötturinn, a restaurant a short drive away from Björnsson’s gym.

After a nap and a few rounds of League of Legends, Björnsson headed out for his second meal of the day — Mexican cuisine.

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Meal Two

Björnsson is heard asking for “double chicken” in what appears to be a build-your-own burrito shop.

  • Burrito
    • Chicken
    • Rice
    • Beans
    • Veggies
    • Flour tortilla
  • Chips w/salsa

Right before taking a monstrous bite of the burrito that sat snug in his gigantic left hand, Björnsson eyeballed it up and down, smiled, and said:

It’s nice. Like a healthy cheat.

Following sessions in the ice bath and sauna, which Bjornsson playfully calls “the hot and cold,” it was time for meal three.

Meal Three

Björnsson’s third indulgence of the day was a greasy sub paired from a shop called Hlöllabâtar. He paired it with fries and a milkshake.

  • Sandwich
    • Beef
    • Bacon
    • Ham
    • Cheese
    • Fried onion

Wasting no time from one greasy meal to the next, Björnsson’s video jump-cuts from the moody lighting of the Hlöllabâtar sub shop to a naturally lit kitchen with a pizza box open in front of him.

Can’t do a cheat day without pizza.

The pizza appeared akin to a ‘meat lovers’ style pie with a white sauce for dipping. The cheat day came at the right time for Björnsson who admits he finds his training diet, where he eats the same meals at the same time every day, boring.

You have to balance your life. You can’t just be a f***ing maniac every single day.

Björnsson alludes to his cheat meals occurring once a week on Sundays. Throughout the video, Björnsson answered questions posed by his fans. One of those questions inquired about Björnsson’s potential boxing career after his bout against Hall. “The Mountain” expressed interest in continuing his career in the ring beyond the Hall fight and announced that he will step in the ring again before fighting the 2017 WSM.


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Björnsson rounded out his cheat day with a pint of ice cream with candy pieces mixed in. After putting the pint down, he read allowed a question inquiring if he would ever return to strongman

Never say never.

We’ll see who Björnsson steps in the ring with before Hall and if that will prep him further to fight “The Beast.” Hall has no intention of getting in the ring outside his training before fighting Björnsson. Two very different approaches, yet both men have made predictions of knocking out the other. A date and location for their bout are expected to be confirmed in the near future, with a tentative time in the first quarter for 2022.

Featured image: @thorbjornsson on Instagram