A GIANT steak weighing nearly six pounds proved too much of a meal for a Scottish footballer.
Livingston FC’s Keaghan Jacobs offered tackle the 7,500-calorie steak for a cancer charity.
The 23-year-old South African took part in a challenge at Steak restaurant in Edinburgh yesterday.
The midfielder was left begging for sleep after wolfing down two thirds of the 92oz meat slab.
It weighed the equivalent of roughly six footballs and contained 7,532 calories – equivalent to about seven big macs.
The steak – as rare as a Scotland goal – spanned around twice the size of Jacobs’ face at first at the start of the meal, which he was given one hour to eat.
Jacobs would have to have run 60 miles in order to burn off the calories in the huge meal, which included five side dishes.
With a full stomach, he said: “I’m so tired. I’ve got training at 9am tomorrow. I don’t want to eat. I’m going to fall asleep.
“I’m glad I did this but I underestimated the steak. It was huge. I need to sleep.”
He continued: “I think they overcooked the steak, that’s why I couldn’t eat it.”
But the head chef at the restaurant, Jason Wright, said: “My tip would be to have the steak medium or well done, because that way it shrinks.
“I couldn’t do it, but I think it can be done.”
After kick-off, the first 20 minutes of the eating challenge went smoothly for Jacobs, as he shoved forkful after forkful of meat into his mouth.
Despite friends and family cheering him on he had to throw in the towel after 45 minutes and declare “enough.”
He took the leftovers home in a doggy bag.
Jacobs has raised £800 so far for Macmillan cancer care.
The gigantic eating challenge was inspired by reality TV series Man v Food, which sees food enthusiast Adam Richman attempt humungous eating challenges across the country.
Contestants in the eating contest will be judged by head chef Jason Wright, with entrants followed to the toilet to prevent scraps being illegally discarded.
The meat feast will cost challengers £160 a go, with winning entrants eating for free and having their picture pinned on the reception wall.
There is an age restriction of 18 and entrants must sign a contract absolving the restaurant of liability for any potential health problems.
Health experts have previously warned that the eating challenge, should be avoided as human systems are not equipped to deal with such a high volume of food.
Dr Fred Pender, a weight management dietician at Edinburgh University said: “This is not exactly a sensible thing to do.
“Our systems are not equipped to deal with that volume of food in that small a timescale. It’s a massive amount of protein to consume. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout.”