The Diet That Built The Rock’s Superhero Body
There’s nothing sexy about what Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson eats to sculpt a body worthy of being Black Adam. The cover star for Men’s Health‘s December issue eats the same six meals daily and has a team of chefs and a strength and condition coach that figure out the precise macro count necessary to maintain his superhero physique. Of course, a boring diet doesn’t preclude The Rock from snacking on a cheat meal, even one with no clear nutritional value.
“I do eat in bed, just not food,” The Rock says before jokingly shooting a wink that tells us what we’re all thinking.
Naughty nighttime nourishment aside, The Rock’s six-meal-a-day diet has no room for the traditional breakfast-lunch-dinner meal plan. But, just like all of us, he starts his food journey for the day with breakfast, consisting of “eggs, a meat like bison, a complex carb like oatmeal, and fruit, usually either papaya or blueberries.” Since he’s working out before most of us leave our dreams, his second meal comes at 10 A.M. and consists of complex carbs like rice, chicken breast, and greens. After that, there’s not much of a change for his dinner, as he consumes protein from fish, chicken, steak, or buffalo, along with complex carbs like sweet potatoes, and greens.
While The Rock and his team carefully crafted his diet, his discipline to eat the same meals every day traces back to his father, former pro wrestler Rocky Johnson. “He taught me very early on not to eat to please the tongue but to eat to nourish the body. He taught me that when I was five. That’s probably why I need therapy.”
The Rock’s body is a billion-dollar machine run on painstaking consistency. That doesn’t mean it’s all complex carbs and no play.
Keith Nelson is a writer by fate and journalist by passion, who has connected dots to form the bigger picture for Men’s Health, Vibe Magazine, LEVEL MAG, REVOLT TV, Complex, Grammys.com, Red Bull, Okayplayer, and Mic, to name a few.
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