It’s not vitally important you eat totally clean - in fact, in many cases it can help that you do have “cheat meals”. It depends how well you can handle it. You sound like the concept of trial and error doesn’t frighten you to death, which is good. So if I were you, I would probably employ that tactic.
Add in a few cheat meals a week and you should be fine, and it will probably even help. Adjust as necessary.
I was never planning on an actual “dirty bulk” eating fast food and stuff like that, but more like a mostly clean but not 100% (mostly eating lean meat, wheat bread, natty pb, but also eating things like nutragrain bars/low fat wheat thins/wheat rolls throughout the day as well.
Teechnically you wouldn’t eat those things if you are doing a 100% clean bulk, but I am thinking of having it mostly clean but not 100% clean, like you would on a cut. I’m just worried that I won’t get enough calories if I just eat the same stuff I was eating during my cut.
I also will have to bulk for a very long time, probably a few years, and I’d rather find a balance between clean/dirty, then torture myself and have to hold my nose while I shove down a million chicken breasts all day long
Lol, yeah, I understand. I can’t remember if it was previously mentioned, but try and keep eat more carbs and less fats in the first half of the day, and in the second half have less carbs and more fats. You don’t have to eat crappy/boring food to bulk.
I personally like sweet potatoes and brown rice, so I eat a lot of that. I’ve mostly cut out pasta and bread, but I still eat it occasionally. Always eat protein with every meal.
Eating a few McDonalds is not going to kill you, or set you back. I probably eat 4 or 5 a month at the most, but they’re all in the same day or split over 2 days (traveling sucks), and it doesn’t really hurt me at all. Once I ate around 12 pizzas over 7 days, that’s probably a little overboard, lol.
Word of warning though, something that claims to be low-fat is usually full of sugar to make up for it, which is worse. So I would just stay well away from anything like that, but it should be fine in moderation.[/quote]
sugar is the thing that is confusing me the most right now for my bulk. I know on a cut you want to keep your sugars low, which I did. But even though I know I need to watch my sugar intake while bulking, I’m not sure if that means to keep it as close to zero as possible while getting complex carbs, or just keeping the sugar level under a reasonable amount per day?
I think one of those nutra grain bars has about 15 grams of sugar in it, and I was assuming to just keep the sugar intake like 50 grams or below during the day while bulking?