Can You Build Muscle While Eating Junk Food?

So I got another good question for ya:

Question - "IF i train alot. and eat alot of healthy food (all just for not being skinny idc about fat!) can i ALSO eat fast/fat food? or will it be harder to train muscles then?”

And this is a really good question because when I was first starting out. I was so skinny that I didn't care about fat gains, I just wanted to grow PERIOD!

So first off, it's a good thing that you're training a lot. And second, it's good that you know, you have to eat healthy to get good results.

Now keep in mind I'm NOT a nutritionist.

Before you implement any diet or any dieting advice consult your physician first.

With that said, in a perfect world I'd say: “Stay away from fast food at all costs!”

But this isn't a perfect world, and the way I see it: In MODERATION junk food* isn't such a sin in my eyes (if and only if you follow the guidelines I've enclosed)

I'm not going to lie to you right now I go on my Burger King binges every few months. In moderation, junk food can:

  1. Definitely help break up the monotony of your healthy diet
  2. Help keep you sane while you're bulking up
    • When I first started poking of I ate the same things over and over and over again, and it almost drove me nuts. I honestly couldn't stand the sight or smell of tuna and eggs for a long time
  3. Be a great last resort meal
    • when you're trying to build muscle and gain weight. You should never let your stomach go hungry. So if you ever find yourself in a situation where you're almost at that point. And you don't have protein shake or a little snack to hold you over.

In my eyes is better to consume something even if it's junk food than to let your body jump into a catabolic (muscle breakdown) state.

Expect to see extra fat gains if you decide to consume junk food throughout your bulking phase, but since it sounds like you're an extreme hard gainer and don't care about the excess fat gains its an definitely an alternative for you.

Here Are My Junk Food Guidelines:


1-Use the 80 / 20 rule (Better yet the 90 / 10 rule)

  • 90% of your diet should consist of HEALTHY, Nutritious food
  • 10% can be fast food
  • Don't eat fast food 2 days in a row (No more than 3 fast food meals a week)
  • Don't eat more than 1 fast food meal a day


2- Avoid fried foods as much as possible

There are so many negatives take two main fried food. The main ones being hard and cardiovascular disease.

It's one of if not the leading cause of death within this country, which is the reason why you should avoid fried foods as much as possible

- Example foods:

  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • fried chicken
  • etc.

At the end of the day to build muscle you NEED to consume more calories than your body burns and for those with extremely fast metabolisms MODERATELY adding fast food to their diet isn't such a bad idea especially if this helps push their calories over the top so they start seeing results as long as they follow the guidelines I've enclosed.

Train hard,