Training on McDonalds

Hope you had a good weekend.
I had a chance meeting with an old gym buddy of mine recently, Gary.
Haven’t seen him for a few years now.
To be honest he had turned into a bit of an idiot back then.
He was a bodybuilder and had developed an illegal habit.
It became a bit of an embarrassment and he started getting in with a bad crowd.
So I distanced myself from him.
Anyway, we ran into each other and Gary virtually apologised to me for his behaviour.
It was water under the bridge and topless man hugs as far as I was concerned.
One of things I had noticed is that he had lost a lot of size.
I tactfully told him.
Telling a bodybuilder you’ve lost some size is like telling your wife ‘your bum looks big in that outfit’
You just don’t do it!
He said, “I know, but back then I was training on junk food.”
Gary was always eating burgers, mcdonalds, KFC, Pizza all that kind of thing.
The thing is you can train really hard on that stuff.
Its full of calories, energy and even protein….not the best kind mind you.
After a while you feel pretty poorly.
There is no argument that there is loads of energy in junk food.
But long term there is little nourishment in it.
Anyway, Gary  was telling me he had decided to eat cleaner.
Give up the dirty habits and focus on his training eating a salad based diet.
He had clearly lost weight but was tired and fatigued all the time.
Training was miserable.
The thing is, you can’t train on salad.
Yes salad is healthy.  It has vitamins and minerals roughage.
But salad does not have calories, the fuel you need for training.
If you are going to have salad or just veg, here are some healthy accompaniments to keep your energy levels up and give you the protein you need.
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Mackerel
  • Chicken/Turkey
  • Steak
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Bread roll
  • Brown rice
You need energy to train, you can’t do it on celery.
Have a good evening.


About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.