'Popeye' Bodybuilder Says It's All Natural

'Popeye' Bodybuilder Says It's All Natural

A bodybuilder who has set the record for the world's biggest arms has dismissed accusations that he used banned or artificial substances.

Moustafa Ismail's arms measure 79cm (31in) around - or as much as the waist of a lean man - earning him recognition in the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records.

"They call me Popeye, the Egyptian Popeye," said the 24-year-old, who was born in Egypt but unlike the cartoon character he doesn't like spinach.

Mr Ismail, who lives in Massachusetts, has been dogged by accusations that he uses steroids, implants or other artificial means to augment his muscles.

But he insists his arms are the result of punishing workouts and a diet of seven pounds of protein, nine pounds of carbohydrates and three gallons of water each day.

"I did the tests - the ultrasound test, the x-ray test, I did a blood test, which prove I have nothing unnatural," Mr Ismail said.

Still, Guinness appears to be having second thoughts.

It hastily removed references to Mr Ismail from its website. A spokeswoman said in October that Guinness was conducting research with medical specialists and reviewing Mr Ismail's category, according to reports.