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The Weight List: Cris Cyborg's cut & why The Mountain's 6600 calorie diet works

This week's Weight List focuses on Cris Cyborg's cut and the reason why Game of Thrones actor, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson's seemingly outlandish diet is actually very well thought out and functional.

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This week's installment of the Weight List focused on Cris Cyborg's cut and bodybuilders that are actually getting their diets right. Recently, Game of Thrones actor, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson aka The Mountain, revealed his incredible 6600-calorie-a-day diet. Now that may seem extraordinary, but for what he's training for (Strongman) and the sheer size of his body, George and Iain estimate that he's doing things right.

We'll get you started with a couple quotes from our boys on Cris Cyborg's cut first:

Iain Kidd: People seem to have this idea that Cris Cyborg could make 135lbs easily if she wanted to. I've seen people say, "She should just lose 10lbs of muscle." Setting aside the fact that a lot of the water you want to cut is found in that muscle, I done a few quick calculations about just now much muscle 10lbs would be for Cris.

I assumed around 15% bodyfat, and her walkaround weight as around 170lbs. The lean body mass is total weight minus body fat, which is 144.5lbs. Approximately 40% of that weight is muscle, or around 58lbs. That means people want her to lose almost twenty percent of her entire muscle mass, and think that won't make a difference. "Oh, you can lose 20% of all the muscle in your body, I'm sure it won't affect you at all!" People don't realize how much that 10lbs really is.

George Lockhart: What people forget is that when you make weight, you still have to fight. I can get anybody to just about any weight, but it's about getting to that weight and being able to fight the next day, you know?

Cris's power and explosiveness are some of the things that makes her who she is. If you take away that muscle that she needs, you lose that power and that pop. You'll have a 135lbs fighter, but you won't have Cris Cyborg fighting at 135lbs-George Lockhart

A fight camp isn't a weight cut camp or a fat camp. It's eight weeks of trying to improve on performance while trying to slowly and steadily drop that weight. Cris's power and explosiveness are some of the things that makes her who she is. If you take away that muscle that she needs, you lose that power and that pop. You'll have a 135lbs fighter, but you won't have Cris Cyborg fighting at 135lbs

Now have a look at The Mountain's daily diet/workout process, courtesy of Huffington Post, and then listen to George and Iain break down why this diet is strategically engineered to work.

  • 6:50 Morning workout! Cardio + CORE for 30min Bcca, Glutamine + handful of almonds
  • 7:30 8 eggs + 200gr Oats + blueberries & strawberries + avocado
  • 9:30 400gr beef, 400gr sweet potatoes, handful of spinach & greens
  • 11:50 Bcca, glutamine,
  • 12:00 400gr Chicken + 400gr potatoes, greens + some fruits
  • 14:00 Blender = 150gr oats or sweet potatoes, 2 bananas 150gr Kelloggs Rice Krispies, frozen berries, handful almonds, peanut butter and glutamine
  • 14:30 Training strongman, Bcca, glutamine, Vitargo
  • 17:30 60gr protein + 2 bananas
  • 18:00 500gr beef + potatoes, greens
  • 20:30 500gr salmon + 500gr sweet potatoes
  • 22:30 50gr casein protein or 6 eggs + avacado + 30gr almonds + 50gr peanut butter

*Drink a lot of water throughout the day + Juices to get more calories!!

*Middle of the night 50gr caseine protein or raw eggs

Training Truck Pull for Worlds Strongest Man 2016! Great training session done in the rain today. #NoExcuses #NeverStopPushingYourself

A video posted by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (@thorbjornsson) on

If you have a question you'd like to submit to The Weight List Mailbag, please e-mail iain@threeamigospodcast.com or shoot him a tweet @iainkidd. You can also drop your question off on our Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/threeamigospod

You can check out the entire segment here at the 17:15 mark of the audio or via the embedded player below. Remember, if you're looking for us on SoundCloud or iTunes, we're under the MMA Nation name. Follow our Twitter accounts: Stephie HaynesThree Amigos PodcastGeroge LockhartIain Kidd and Mookie Alexander or our Facebook fan page, Three Amigos Podcast.