Keeping down two jobs, meetings to attend, kids to pick up from school and such like there are so many distractions, time constraints and pressures that if we are not vigilant can only lead to one thing... {not enough time to plan and organise your meals}. If you are anting to pack on muscle then this is one of the biggest crimes imaginable. The main reason is it can often lead to consuming fast food.

Fast food is exactly what you don't want to eat to build muscle up. Too much fat content that contains very little fat content mixed with very little in the way of quality energy. So, if we simply cannot avoid going to fast food restaurants then what can we eat for correct muscle building nutrition?

Here are a few golden rules for eating at fast food restaurants in order to build muscle up:

Avoid the apparently good value for money drink and fries. A portion of medium fries can get up to as much as 400 calories with around 20 grams of fat and the drink we are looking at around 200 calories with bags of sugary content!

Always select the grilled option. You can save around 80 calories coming mostly from fat by eating a McDonald's grilled chicken sandwich as opposed to a premium crispy chicken. A straightforward choice but more of than not overlooked.

Try to give the dessert a miss. At any fast food restaurnat you are going to be bombarded with so many chices of sugary desserts and if you really must have a sugary item then keep it down to a kiddies portion size.

Make sure you restrict your use of those extra sauces. Many of these are very high in fatty content with little muscle building nutrition value. You know what I am talking about, those little packets of mayonnaise, tartar sauce and so on. Look after yourself and skip them.

What can I eat if a fast food joint really is the only option?

If you want to build muscle food that you could eat at McDonalds would be:

For the main part of your meal a Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich will give you 420 calories, 10 grams of fat, 51grams of carbohydrates and 32 grams of protein. A Honey Mustard grilled Snack Wrap would gibe your body 260 calories, 9g fat, 27g carbs and 18g of protein. The Asian Salad Grilled Chicken would give you 390 calories, 12.5g fat, 38g carbs, 33g protein with the low fat Sesame Ginger Dressing. Probably the best option is the Caesar Salad Grilled Chicken that provides 220 calories, 6g fat, 12g carbs and 30g of protein.

If however you reside in Australia the choices might look slightly different as follows:
A Lean Beef Burger: 250 calories, 8g fat, 25g carbs, 18g protein or a Herb Fusion Chicken Salad: 100 calories, 2g fat, 3g carbs 20g protein.

A fairly good muscle building nutrition would be 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 30g carbs and 18 grams of protein. Possibly a Sausage Burrito including 300 calories, 16g fat, 26g carbs, 12grams of protein or If you are looking for just a snack then how about the Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait which beaks down into 160 calories, 2g fat, 31g carbs, 4g protein.

I hope that shows you that you can indeed find a fairly good muscle building meal even at a fast food joint like McDonalds. Of course it would be better to allocate some time for planning decent meals throughout the week but if you can't do this then the above selections should be a good guide and on some level help you burn the fat feed the muscle.

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