Does Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Eat Too Much?

Ever since audiences first met Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the wrestling ring, they’ve been impressed with his wide chest, broad shoulders, and bulging muscles. Johnson has an incredible physique that’s now able to dominate movies. But it requires a lot of hard work to maintain, and that means tons of calories and lots of protein.

While his diet is far from average, it does allow Johnson to build the kind of body that demands respect. You’ll be amazed when you see that the surprising amounts of food that the Rock eats every day.

Dwayne Johnson eats massive amounts of food

Dwayne The Rock Johnson at a Disney fan event
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Johnson has always been very open about the diet he follows and for most people, it’s an incredible amount of food. While he was preparing for the role of Hercules in 2013, Johnson posted a sample diet to his Twitter account. His example included an estimated 5,470 calories spread over seven separate meals.

Although he gave us this sample several years ago, most sources indicate he still eats in a very similar way today. Most of Johnson’s calories come from lean protein, like fish and eggs, and simple carbs, like white rice or potatoes.

Fish isn’t a food that most of us eat in large quantities, except for Johnson. He eats about 36 ounces of cod every day. That’s about 1000 calories, just in cod. On top of that, he eats about a dozen egg white each and every day. This includes a 10-egg-white omelet that he likes to finish the day with. All that protein can’t be easy for his grocery budget, good thing he’s a Hollywood big shot

While he eats almost no sugar in his diet, Johnson isn’t afraid of simple carbs. He loves white rice and eats about 5 cups of it a day. All those easily digestible carbs supply him with plenty of energy to keep up with his intense workouts. 

Dwayne Johnson always includes a cheat day

Although Johnson follows a strict diet, he does allow himself a cheat day– usually while watching Netflix, like the rest of us. And when he has a cheat day, he really goes all out. Since Johnson has a habit of sharing his cheat meals on Instagram, we know what he eats on those days. 

One of his favorite cheat meals is chocolate chip pancakes. But not just one or two. Johnson eats a huge stack of thick pancakes- there has to be at least ten in the photo he posted. And he includes all the ‘fixings,’ like real maple syrup and whipped cream.

Another cheat meal includes 10 cookies or an entire sheet of brownies. 

When Johnson has a cheat day, he really goes all out. But what makes it work for his lifestyle, is that the next day, he’ll return to his normal high-protein, no sugar diet. 

Why does Dwayne Johnson eat so much?

Johnson eats a huge amount of food, but he also has a massive amount of muscle on his body. Muscle burns more calories than fat, about 5.5 times more. According to The Daily Mail, at 47 years old, Johnson is 6 feet 4 inches tall, and weighs about 270 pounds. While we don’t know exactly how much of that weight is muscle, just by looking at his physique, we can guess it’s a very high percentage. 

And it’s not just his body size that requires lots of calories. To maintain all that muscle, Johnson does several high-intensity workouts throughout the day. All those simple carbs in his diet help power him through those workouts. 

If Johnson wasn’t eating a high-calorie diet, he’d probably lose too much weight and he’d be unable to build the incredible amount of muscle that he has on his body. Most people aren’t able to get away with eating as much as Johnson. But because of the way he lives, Johnson needs that much food.