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Food World's Strongest Man Eats in a Day

Daily calorie needs vary from 2,000 to 2,600. Brian Shaw, 40, requires more than 2,600 calories.

That's not supper. Shaw's "active" lifestyle includes four World's Strongest Man championships. Several times, he's won this competition.

Shaw must exercise and lift heavy weights to win a contest that entails pulling 350-pound Atlas Stones, 835-pound overhead presses, and bus, fire truck, and aeroplane pulls.

He must eat well whether practising or competing. While eating enough calories to maintain a 400-pound weight and enough protein to create vehicle-lifting muscles.

Unsatisfactory. Shaw has trouble eating since he's so strong. During the toughest tournaments, he consumes 10,000 to 11,000 calories each day.

Shaw trains with meat. "I eat a pound of meat daily." After cooking, I measure. He said, "You must eat while exercising."

What's the best value? Why eat? Nutrition? I think red meat is good for strength athletes.

Meatless breakfast only. A traditional breakfast is eight eggs scrambled with rice, orange juice, and spinach. His meal includes Honeycrisp apples, blackberries, and blueberries.

Shaw "cheats" during workouts. He loves cheesecake. Working with a dietitian who "programmed in cheat meals," Shaw learned he could enjoy food.

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