Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's diet contains an absurdly large amount of cod
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Dwayne Johnson's new HBO series "Ballers" begins Sunday night. Johnson plays a former pro football player who becomes a financial advisor for current athletes.This sparks us to ask once again, how on earth does he maintain that muscular physique?
In a fitness plan that consists of seven full meals and two and a half hours of exercise, Johnson admits to eating cod in four of those seven meals, adding up to a staggering two and change pounds of the fish each day. Every day. All year.Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight did the math - Johnson eats about 821 pounds of cod a year (here's the full meal plan).
Mallory Ortberg of "The Toast" documented her reaction to reading Johnson's meal plan in real time.Ortberg writes,MEAL 2: 8 oz cod/12 oz sweet potato/1 cup veggies: DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON YOU JUST HAD A WHOLE THING OF COD A MINUTE AGO HOW MANY CODS HAVE YOU GOT STUFFED UP IN YOUR FRIDGE MY MAN?? I MEAN.
Because that much cod a year is ridiculous to even imagine consuming (as is working out for two and a half hours a day, seven days a week) we plugged in Johnson's cod intake to a mercury calculator to see if 800 pounds of cod per calendar year was in the unsafe zone for mercury consumption.
Alas, the calculator does not allow you to plug in a number that exceeds 10 servings a week! But even when we plugged in 10 servings, the NRDC calculator concluded what we kind of already assumed: at 10 servings of cod a week, Johnson is above the safe level of mercury intake (and he's consuming more than twice that amount.)
To quote Ortberg: "I got nothing left to say at you, my man, I gotta lay down on the floor for a real quick minute, please continue doing you until you can no longer do it."
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