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If you know anything about being a competitive strongman, you know that they eat a lot. In this video, Brian Shaw, winner of four World's Strongest Man competitions, revisits his old diet for a day.

Imagine starting the day with eggs, sausage, pancakes, syrup, butter and milk. Sounds pretty good, right? Now, imagine that the portion totalled 3,747 calories. To put this into perspective, the average male requires 2,500 calories a day to maintain, and 2,000 to lose one pound of weight per week.

This is the way champion strongman, Brian Shaw would kick off every day when he was at the height of competition. In this video, Shaw and his friend, Tyler, take on the challenge of consuming the same amount of food that this 6ft 8in giant would eat. At the time, he weighed around 420 lb, that's 191kg for the rest of us.

A couple of hours later, and it's time for meal number two. This meal Shaw considered a snack when he was training so much. It's noodles, bison (or any meat he could afford at the time), red sauce and milk. All totalled, it's another 1,770 calories.

Lunch is next, and they're off to Chipotle for a chicken burrito with extra chicken, mince, cheese and avo tacos and a large Coke with a calorie count of 2,565. By this point, most human beings would be in agony by the sheer volume of food in their bellies.

Then, it's time for the mid-afternoon snack and a Smash Burger, double bacon and cheese, with a large fries and a rather large chocolate milk. This adds up to another 1,940 calories, and the sun is still up.

Eventually, it's dinner time, and a large BBQ chicken sits in front of each man. There's also an entire cheesecake and another large Coke that adds another 4,270 calories to the days' consumption.

All in all, Brian and Tyler consumed 14,292 calories each over the five meals. It may seem like a ludicrous amount of food to most of us, but when you have a mountain of a body to feed while competing, then you've just got to do it.

To find out more about Brian Shaw and the story about his food consumption, then check out his video below. It's an astonishing thing to behold.

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