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Mr Ireland Darren King Talks About His Daily Diet And Exercise Regime

Mr Ireland Darren King

Mr Ireland Darren King

Stats

Height – 6 foot 2 inches

Weight – 13 stone

Neck Size – 15.5 inches

Chest size – 38 inches

Waist – 31 inches

Clothes Size – Large mostly, sometimes medium

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Daily Food Diary

7am – 6 egg whites and 1 yoke, handful of almonds and a cup of green tea

10am – 1 and a half chicken breast, with handful of spinach and half an avocado

12pm – 1 and a half chicken breast, with a handful of spinach and half an avocado

3pm – (Pre workout) Whey Protein shake an hour before training with L Glutamine and BCAAs.

5.30pm – (Post workout) A double serving of Whey Protein wit L Glutamine and BCAAs and 1 whole bananna.

6.30pm – 400g of turkey mince cooked on a pan with coconut oil, 200g of Asparagus

8pm – Last meal before bed I have a tin of pink salmon

I make sure to drink at least 3-4 litres of water a day. I usually have a packet of whole Almonds near by just in case I get any cravings or start to feel hungry. Rather than having 3 big meals a day, I try split them up into 5-6 smaller meals. This way you are not over eating and you are eating until you are satisfied rather than when you are full. I have carb days and non card days. The above diary is from a non carb day.

On a carb day I would usually introduce porridge in the morning with a scoop of whey protein mixed through it and topped off with some almonds. I would also have either sweet potato or brown rice with my 12pm lunch and my post workout meal at 6.30pm.

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Do you struggle with your weight or is this even an issue to you?

Honestly, keeping weight off has never been an issue to me. For me I struggled to put on weight. I was always very skinny growing up and always had small arms and a small chest which I hated, so for years I found it very difficult to put on any size. It was only in recent years that I really concentrated on my diet that I started seeing results in my physique. A lot of people depend on supplements to get them the results they want and they overlook the importance of diet and nutrition.

Do you go to the gym/exercise and how often? Expand

Before the Mr Ireland competition I was on an extremely strict diet and I was working out 7 days a week. This has changed since winning though as my work load has doubled and I am finding it very difficult to find the time to go. I would be very lucky to get in 3 times a week now. I also travel a lot with work and therefore I’m eating on the road a lot so it is difficult to eat healthy.

How often do you drink alcohol, how much roughly?

I would usually have a few drinks at home on a Friday night. Fridays are my “cheat nights”, where I eat and drink my favourite foods and drinks. I always make sure not to over do it though. I think moderation is the key. I may have 2-3 bottles of beer. I would also go out wit friends on the occasional weekend where a would have a bit more to drink but again I never go over board.

Do you have a hangover cure – foods you always eat?

I like to eat pizza when I am hungover. I find it does the trick for me and its very easy to throw in the oven with very little cleaning left afterwards. I usually spend the day lying on the couch sipping on water when I am hungover. I don’t handle hangovers very well at all. I dissolve some vitamin C tablets in my water just to boost my immune system a little and add a little flavour to the water.

Your biggest weakness? 

Biscuits, I can never eat just one biscuit. It starts off with one and before I know it the packet is empty and I’m digging through all the cupboard trying to find more. I can’t eat in moderation at all. I would rather eat everything in one sitting so it won’t be there to tempt me the next day.

What supplements do you take?  (if any)

I take Flexi Nutrition Whey Protein, Flexi Nutrition L-Glutamine and Flexi Nutrition BCAAs (Branched Chained Amino Acids). I don’t depend too much on supplements. I focus mostly on getting my diet 100% and the supplements just give me that extra 10%.

Do you suffer with any allergies or bad health? 

Luckily enough I don’t suffer with any allergies or bad health.

What would be your final meal/favourite meal?

It has to be a steak dinner. Its hard to beat a medium/rare steak with peppered sauce and homemade chips on the side in my opinion. That would definitely be my final and favourite meal.

Read more: “It’s A Perfect Weekend With Mr Ireland Darren King” 

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