For anyone who's in the gym regularly and operating on a strict diet, there's possibly nothing in the world that's more satisfying than a cheat meal. Even the thought of that one massive plate of all the things you've been denying yourself can get you through some of the most torturous workouts. But what if I told you super-fatty cheat meals can actually make look stronger? Enter fitness icon Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and the latest twist in The Rock diet.
On Monday, The Rock shared a post on Instagram of his dinner on the eve of a big photo shoot with Under Armour and his own company. The meal was nothing to be sniffed at:
- 2 80z double cheeseburgers with bacon
- A big heaping of fries
- A chilled glass of tequilla
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Sunday cheat meal train 🚂 rolls on down the line. Two fat 8oz double cheeseburgers with bacon and fries. Double shot of my new tequila #Teremana - chilled 🥶🥃👍🏾 I have a big shoot in the gym tomorrow for my next @projectrock @underarmour collection. In a crazy science, these cheat meals tonight should actually help my physique come in with a more fuller pump and vascularity for tomorrow’s shoot. Or maybe I’m just looking for more excuses to drink my tequila and eat like shit 😂🤦🏽♂️ Enjoy your cheatmeals my friends 🍔🥃
Talk about a fat-heavy carb-buster! What's amazing is that The Rock is pretty confident that the meal will actually make his muscles look bigger.
Science of The Rock Diet
"In a crazy science, these cheat meals tonight should actually help my physique come in with a more fuller pump and vascularity for tomorrow’s shoot," he writes.
Over on Reddit, RJminotaur explained the science in a bit more detail:
Body builders do this before meets too. When you cut for a long period of time your muscle glycogen depletes. Eating a bunch of carbs refills your muscles with glycogen. But people will handle it differently. The rock looks good the day after he does this, other people look like shit a day after and then in 4 days look great. Its all about trying it yourself and seeing how it goes. But if you haven't been cutting and your glycogen muscle stores aren't depleted its not going to do anything.
So there you go - eating 16 ounces of burger meat, for certain people, can actually make muscle look bigger. You learn something new every day.