Roman Reigns diet: WWE Superstar reveals what his diet consists of and how he stays in shape following his hectic schedule.
Roman Reigns is arguably WWE’s biggest active star at the moment. John Cena has moved on to the Hollywood life while Brock Lesnar only shows up occasionally. The only other star in the same capacity as him is probably Universal Champion Seth Rollins. However, the Big Dog has more backing from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and is currently positioned as the biggest baby face in the company.
This had meant that the fans were ferociously divided amongst people who adored him and people who thought he did not deserve to be in the position McMahon wanted him in. The biggest argument against him was that he was the next John Cena. In the sense that he was being given all the chances; At the expense of more talented wrestlers that were barely given any.
All of this changed one fine Monday night, Roman walked out as Joe Anoa’i. Joe confessed that he was suffering from Leukaemia. It was then that their hatred turned into sympathy and they saw that behind the mask of Roman Reigns, stood a man just like them.
"After i'm done whooping leukemia's a– once again, I'm coming back home."
Roman Reigns announces he's been living with leukemia for 11 years. pic.twitter.com/q0dXsUhLuI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 23, 2018
Roman has since made a heroic return. While he has stayed away from the title picture, he has been placed in high profile feud with Shane McMahon that will likely conclude at SummerSlam in August.
— WrestlingNewsSource.com (@WNSource) February 26, 2019
The former WWE champion has not eased his way in, instead choosing to go through the rigors that every other superstar goes through. Which includes wrestling up to 4 times and travelling every week.
In spite of his busy schedule, Roman Reigns made time to speak with GQ.com and discussed his diet and the manner in which he retains his in-ring shape.
He conceded that maintaining his weight was much harder than it was before. However, Roman Reigns revealed that he did not push his body like before and has to maintain a stricter diet now.
Excerpts from the Interview:
On his diet when he’s on the road-
“I’ll get six to 10 eggs in the morning, and maybe a little bit of bacon or sausage. Then I train and get a protein shake, which will usually make me feel full. About an hour or so later, I’ll try to get another meal in, and that one will be pretty protein-heavy. Sometimes I’ll have one more protein shake. Late at night on the road, you can’t be picky. Your options are limited, so you just have to make that work.”
On his diet when he’s at home-
“My diet is pretty bare bones. I don’t do a lot of different sauces or seasonings. If you saw it, it’s protein, carbs, and greens for digestion. It’s pretty simple, and I try to emulate that on the road.”
On How Leukaemia affected his diet-
“Right from the get-go, I had to take it a lot easier on my digestive system, because the medication I’m on can be pretty harsh on your liver and stomach. I had to make sure I wasn’t overloading on protein. And I had to be picky with the proteins I did take in. Red meat takes a lot longer to digest, and it’s a lot more work on your liver. Also shellfish—my uric acid levels can rise really quickly, so I can’t go crazy on shellfish anymore. I’ve had to really focus on more chicken and lighter fish.”
“There were a lot of other things I had to address. I had to increase my water intake. I really had to cut down on alcohol. Like anything else, it’s portion control, and being conscious, so we know that I’m not overworking my body.”
On how he has learned to deal with his body post Leukaemia-
“I’ve been on the road now for almost three weeks, and just yesterday I didn’t have an appetite. I was kind of nauseous for the majority of the day. There are some days that are struggles, and some days where it curbs your appetite and you don’t want to eat because you have that nauseous feeling.”
Before all this happened, I was maxing myself out and working as hard as I could. This has given me a new perspective. Sometimes you have to be smarter and pull yourself back, and that is what I’ve had to do with my diet and my training. Instead of pushing towards a goal relentlessly, I have to listen to my body, see how I’m feeling and what my energy levels are along the way.”
What’s next for Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns is scheduled to face Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a tag team match at Extreme Rules. He will be partnered by The Undertaker. Extreme Rules will take place on July 14 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.