Man vows to ‘Never Eat Cod Again’ after 30 days of The Rock’s Diet

As I wrote in a recent article, 30-Day Challenges have become incredibly popular these days. After doing a lot of research, one man decided to challenge himself to follow the exact daily diet and exercise regimen of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for 30 days.

The Rock Exercising

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last decade or so, you should know exactly who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is – former professional wrestler, movie star and immaculately sculpted mass of pure muscle. Who wouldn’t think following this guy’s diet and exercise plan is a good idea?

Webster sure thought so, documenting his challenge and progress via a website he created just for this purpose – Rock’ing for 30 Days – as well as Reddit publications along the way. As it turns out, The Rock’s diet is high in calories, low in fat and brimming with an uncivilized abundance of cod.

Mark Webster - Rock'ing for 30 DaysMark is a startup founder in New York City – just your average 6’3”, 207lb family man. He said he got the idea after reading ‘Living with a Seal’, a book by Jesse Itzler that details 31 days of living with (and mimicking the lifestyle of) a Navy Seal. Feeling like he was in a bit of a rut emotionally, Webster decided to live like The Rock.

After researching the superstar’s diet and exercise plan through the former pro wrestler’s Instagram page and  multiple interviews with fitness magazines, he learned that the 6’5”, 269lb Dwayne Johnson consumes over 5,000 calories per day.

He wasn’t sure how his body would adjust to digesting so many calories – about twice the USDA daily recommended amount. He also wasn’t sure how he felt about eating 7 meals a day, with little to no variation. His daily diet regimen is as follows:

Meal 1 10 oz cod, 2 whole eggs, 2 cups oatmeal
Meal 2 8 oz cod, 12 oz sweet potato, 1 cup veggies
Meal 3 8 oz chicken, 2 cups white rice, 1 cup veggies
Meal 4 8 oz cod, 2 cups rice, 1 cup veggies, 1 tbsp fish oil
Meal 5 8 oz steak, 12 oz baked potato, spinach salad
Meal 6 10 oz cod, 2 cups rice, salad
Meal 7 30 grams casein protein, 10 egg-white omelet, 1 cup veggies
(onions, peppers, mushrooms), 1 tbsp fish oil
Daily Total Calories: 5390, Carbs: 533g, Fat: 97g, Protein: 430g, Cod: 2lbs!

In order to train like The Rock, his weekly workout regimen looks something like this:

Monday 50min elliptical, 60-90min Chest Workout
Tuesday 50min elliptical, 60-90min Legs Workout
Wednesday 50min elliptical, 60-90min Arms Workout
Thursday 50min elliptical, 60-90min Back Workout
Friday 50min elliptical, 60-90min Shoulders Workout
Saturday 50min elliptical, 60-90min Legs Workout
Sunday Rest

About halfway through Mark’s 30-day challenge, he published a write-up on Reddit telling how well the experience has gone. He was surprised to report, “I haven’t gained any weight eating 5,000 calories a day. I would have thought at this surplus it would have led to putting on some weight. But I’m noticeably building muscle while getting leaner.”

He’s lifting heavier weights, experiencing no muscle soreness thanks to the high-volume of food, and overall he said, “I feel great.”

4 days of Food Prep for The Rock DietMark said the hardest part about The Rock’s daily diet and exercise plan is the food preparation. “Having to make 7 meals a day, every day, for [a] month is hard to do with a full-time job and a family to take care of,” he wrote.

To make matters worse, he explained, “Eating like The Rock isn’t cheap. It’s costing me about $42/day, putting this whole experiment at a monthly budget of almost $1300. It’s mostly the cod that gets you, that alone is $18/day.”

To clarify, Mark is consuming at least 32oz (2lbs) of cod every day, @ $6.99/lb.

He noted on Day 15 of the challenge, “I will probably never eat cod again after this month”.

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