I have good news, friends. The answer to the above question is yes, you can eat junkfood and stay lean.
In some cases you can even eat junkfood and lose weight and fat.
I will share with you the secret to eating junkfood and staying lean and mean.
But first, let me show you a picture of me after having eaten junkfood almost daily for the past several months…..
In the weeks leading up to this picture I drank many coca-colas, drank many fruit smoothies, ate many Snickers bars, ate many strawberry pop-tarts, and ate many cans of Pringles sour cream n' onion chips.
Let me first make a couple of things clear, I do not binge eat, I do not eat junk daily, I typically do not eat junkfood more than one time in a day.
I have a calculated method for eating junk and not adding extra junk to my trunk. Also, I only eat the same few snacks, all mentioned above.
So you can eat junkfood and stay jacked but but but but but you cannot just stuff your face with anything and everything.
There has to be a rhyme and a reason to your junkfood eating madness. Without a rhyme or reason you will look like you belong in Walmart and not at the local beach party.
How to Eat Junkfood and Not Get Fat
#1) Do not be fat already
Obviously fatso's have emotional over-eating problems. They don't eat until satiated, they eat to gluttonous excess. They binge eat to quiet the demons, or something.
I don't care why they eat so much, the point is that if you want to eat junkfood and be lean YOU MUST NOT BINGE EAT ALL THE TIME.
Fat people should take drastic measures to lose their lard, and that is the subject of another article. In this article we will share how normal men can enjoy some tasty treats and not develop a spare tire around the midsection.
#2) Don't binge eat, and eat your junkfood at night
Again, this must be stated. DON'T BINGE EAT! Eat your snack, enjoy it, and then quit. The way to not binge eat is to only buy what you want to eat that evening.
Do not buy a weeks worth of snacks and keep them in the cupboard, that weeks worth of snacks you were clever enough to buy ahead of time can easily turn into two days worth of snacks.
If you want junkfood, buy it one day at a time and eat it at night. If you eat it during the day you will often think to yourself “well, that sure was good. I should go get some more” and then you will have all day to think about eating some more snacks.
When you eat at night, before bed, you are tired and won't want to leave to go pickup more junkfood. Don't buy a ton of junk to eat at night, buy enough to satiate your junk hunger and call it quits.
#3) Eat sugary junkfood pre-workout
Typically the only time I will eat sugary chocolate bars is when I am heading to the gym and I am hungry. I will often grab two Snickers bars and eat them on the way to the gym IF, and only IF, I am very hungry and need energy.
I don't do this everyday, only when I am hungry and need some calories to lift. Then I go to the gym and lift like a maniac and burn through all those sugar calories.
#4) Eat less fat and fewer carbohydrates
If you know you are going to snack then you need to eat less fat calories and less carbohydrate calories on that day, and replace those calories with junkfood calories. A calorie is not just a calorie, HOWEVER I am not convinced that there is any difference between 200 calories of pop-tarts and 200 calories of brown rice.
If you want to eat junkfood snacks that evening then skip the portion of carbohydrates with your dinner. It's as simple as replacing your dinner carbs with your snack carbs. I know all the paleo diet gurus will tell you otherwise but they are full of shit and the big-time paleo gurus are ripped because they use human growth hormone, not because they eat steel cut oatmeal.
#5) Do not eat snacks in addition to your regular meals, eat snacks in place of meals
Cliff's Notes version – Replace fat or carbohydrates with junkfood. You may also skip carb or fat meals at different times throughout the day. Just remember that when you want to eat junkfood you need to remove a carb or fat meal from somewhere else. Replace the calories, don't add additional calories.
Long version – Yes, you can replace your meals with junkfood but with a twist. Be sure to eat your protein. You can skip the carbs and fat but you need to get your protein in. It is often said on bodybuilding websites that you need to eat 1 gram of protein per each pound of bodyweight.
The world's greatest protein drink is liquid pasteurized egg whites that you buy in a carton at your local grocery mart. They are pure protein, they are clean and pasteurized, they are cheap enough and, more importantly, THEY WORK!
Note – The world's greatest snack is hardboiled eggs. Sometimes I replace meals with snacks because I am on the run and can't wait for my maid to cook my chicken and rice. I will just grab 2-4 hardboiled eggs and 2 Snickers bars and go on my way. Something about hardboiled eggs really makes you full.
You can drink egg whites all day and night with no problem but after you eat 4 hardboiled eggs you are just plain full. You can cook up a bunch of hardboiled eggs and toss them in the fridge and grab a few whenever you need something to eat. And they just happen to be a little healthier than junkfood.
Next time you want to snack, eat some hardboiled eggs first (don't eat the yolks if you plan to also eat junkfood) and you will not eat as much junk as you would normally. This method is tried, true, tested and perfected by yours truly.
Example meals – If you typically eat chicken, broccoli and rice for dinner but you want to eat junkfood what you would do is simply eat chicken and broccoli and then eat your snack, skipping the rice.
If you typically eat a 5 egg omelette for dinner and you want to eat junkfood as well what you can do is make a 7 egg omelette, but only use one or two egg yolks and 5 egg whites and then eat your junkfood snack.
Obviously you should be in the gym most days per week, liftin' weights and burnin' cals. Cardio can be utilized if extra fat burning is required, and it is best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Personally, I don't do any cardio and I rely on my lifting sessions to keep me fit. Unless you're really, really super trying to get lean (or you are fat) then cardio isn't necessary. Weights will be enough for the average fella to stay lean and mean and be able to enjoy some tasty treats every now and again.
Body of a Spartan is the best program on the planet to help you get lean and mean, and in fact I was much leaner when I was following that program than I am right now, but as long as you hit the weights with fire and energy then you should be good.
#7) Use Fat Burners
Obviously if you want to eat junk you need to increase your metabolism. So here's how you do it: Take 2 Red Burners in the morning.
This will give you extra energy so you can train harder in the gym, it can increase your metabolism and it can heat your body up – causing you to burn more calories.
#8) BONUS: Coconut Smoothie Recipe
Coconut smoothies are the most delicious drink on the face of the earth, and now you will be able to make your very own.
Ingredients needed: coconut, blender, ice, sugar, condensed milk
- Buy a coconut
- Open the coconut with a machete or chainsaw
- Pour the coconut water into a blender
- Use a spoon to scoop out all the coconut meat from inside the coconut into the blender
- Pour ice into the blender (1-2 cups)
- Pour condensed milk into the blender (1-2 spoons worth)
- Pour sugar water into the blender –
*heat a mug half-filled with water in the microwave for 2.5 minutes, put about 5-6 spoonfulls of table sugar into the hot water and stir it well – add this sugar water concoction to your coconut smoothie, the amount you will add is taste dependent. You can put a lid on your sugar water, put it in the fridge and use it again next time.
- Blend, pour, drink and enjoy your fresh coconut smoothie
I always drink my coconut smoothies post workout.
For an extra protein kick you can add liquid egg whites to your coconut smoothie. Egg whites do not degrade the flavor and they give you your post workout protein.
It's a win-win situation and everybody's happy.