So when USA Today reporter Bryan Alexander agreed to try the actor's entire 7 meal diet, he knew he had a challenge ahead of him. Still, he vowed to at least attempt the meal plan, which includes steak for breakfast, 12 egg whites before bed and...lion's blood.
To be clear, here's how much food the reporter would actually need to consume in order to eat like "The Rock":
My current 22 week diet for the role of HERCULES. Cardio & iron before going to set. (Lion blood is optional;) pic.twitter.com/HaklgWPJW0— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 24, 2013
Alexander and "The Rock" sat down and went head-to-head taking back plate after plate. Alexander said he was feeling pretty good on meal 2, but by meal 4 or 5 he was looking a little "queasy."
"Are you OK?" the Rock asked him. "Literally. Are you OK? You're looking kind of..."
But in the end, despite almost getting sick, Alexander was able to take down some-- maybe not all-- of the Hercules diet.
"I held down two steaks, one halibut, some chicken, oatmeal and some hefty portions of the vegetable sides from each plate," he wrote. "We slowed to a near stop when it was clear my frail ego would keep me eating to self-destruction."
We'll give Alexander an "A" for effort, but he's going to need a little more practice if he wants to look like this anytime soon: