Robert Helenius is eating a carnivore diet for his upcoming bout against Deontay Wilder this weekend. The Nordic Nightmare has been avoiding carbs for five years and says he feels better than ever.
The carnivore diet is primarily made up of animal products such as meat, fish, eggs, animal fats and small amounts of dairy products such as milk and cheese. It is high in fat and protein and very low in carbohydrates.
Due to a lack of concrete evidence, the regime is generally considered unhealthy and unbalanced but Helenius – who is currently on a career resurgence after suffering multiple injury setbacks – claims he is thriving on it.
Speaking to Express Sport, he said: “Carnivore, fat and meat, egg and some milk, raw milk and cheese, of course, stuff like that. If you really think about it, it’s not that drastic because we go back 250 years, we didn’t have a lot of carbs and sugary stuff or even fruit where I’m from so I’m eating much more meat and fat than people normally think [is healthy].”
Talking about the fight, he continued: “With my last two fights, I felt like the puzzle that we have been building all this time to click with the diet and with the training differences I feel like everything is perfect and this is my time now.
“Now it’s perfect I just can’t wait to get up in the ring. Of course, there is always ups and downs, and doubts. Before every fight, you have to work through that and keep strong. I tend to meditate and listen to Viking mythology and music to help me get through it.
“I’m not overlooking this fight, I know I have to be 110% to give it my all to secure a win before I can even speculate the next steps… When I close my eyes, I see myself as a winner, it’s not going to be easy. I vision it so many times in my head how it’s going to go, now we’re going to see if it happens.”