Getting Fit Like Dwayne Johnson Starts With a Punishing 7-Meal-a-Day Diet
Dwayne Johnson — whose action-epic Hercules opens later this month — is not a regular human being. Sure, he’s an exceptionally fit 41-year-old adult male, with nary a gram of fat on his 260-pound 6-foot-5-inch frame. But let’s call a bicep a bicep, shall we? No rational person (except the guy who played the Mountain on Game of Thrones) can ever look at the Johnson and think, That gigantic physical specimen blocking out the sun…he’s just like me.
Johnson has taken some time away from throwing locomotives at the moon to post the details of the “12 Labors Diet” — named, of course, after the dozen tasks Hercules was compelled to perform — he used to prepare for the role as the strongest man alive.
Got your knife and fork ready? Here are the broad strokes.
• Seven meals a day
• First up: a 10-ounce filet served with 4 egg whites and 5 ounces of oatmeal or cream of wheat.
• Meals 2 through 6 are variations of the following: 8 ounces of chicken or halibut, with white rice or baked potato, and broccoli, asparagus, or salad.
• The big finale is 30 grams of casein protein and 10 egg whites, scrambled with onions, peppers and mushrooms.
In an article posted on the website Bodybuilding.com, Johnson said he followed the diet “full on” for 22 weeks.
“It’s about getting enough protein to aid lean muscle growth, and everything is very precisely measured depending on what targets I’m looking to hit for that day,” Johnson says. “Lots of protein, good carbs, and veggies. Nutrition is so important, it can’t be stressed enough.”