No Bones About It: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Sure Eats a Lot of Cod

If you've ever asked yourself, “Self, what does Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson eat every day?” you now have your answer: cod. A lot of cod.

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If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Self, what does Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson eat every day?” you now have your answer, courtesy of Muscle & Fitness magazine: cod. Lots of cod. Really just staggering amounts of cod.

Johnson eats 10 ounces of cod (along with two whole eggs and two cups of oatmeal) for his first meal of the day, and then follows that up with 8 ounces of cod (along with 12 ounces of sweet potato and one cup of veggies) as a second meal of the day.

For meal three the actor, producer and pro wrestler skips the fish, scarfing down 8 ounces of chicken, two cups of white rice and one cup of vegetables, but he makes up for it at meal four, when he supplements 8 ounces of cod, two cups of rice and one cup of veggies with one tablespoon of fish oil.

And although meal five (8 ounces of steak, 12 ounces of baked potato and spinach salad) is another exercise in fish-free consumption, The Rock is right back to it in meal six (10 ounces of cod, two cups of rice and salad).

In his seventh (yes) meal of the day, The Rock clearly throws all caution to the wind: gobbling down 30 grams of casein protein, a 10-egg-white omelet (no yolk … er, joke!), one cup of veggies and (come on!) one tablespoon of omega-3 fish oil.

If all this sounds absurdly fishy to you, you are most definitely not the only one. The Rock is taking lots of flak in the blogosphere for his cod consumption. The Toast’s Mallory Ortberg offers her hilarious “ real-time response” to the Dwayne Johnson diet. And Fivethirtyeight cranks up its cod calculator, crunches a few numbers and figures out that Johnson eats roughly 10 pounds of food a day — 2.3 pounds of it cod.

What’s more, he takes in about 5,165 calories per day, considerably more than the average man his age, who consumes about 2,734 calories. Of that, about 1,000 calories is … yes, cod. On an annual basis, Johnson gobbles up about 821 pounds of cod, which means, even if he buys his cod wholesale for about $1.75 per pound, he’s spending about $1,400 every year on cod alone.

While it clearly works for him, most of us probably couldn’t stomach eating all that cod each and every day. I mean, cod you?

Here are a few cod recipes, though, in case you want to give it a shot.

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