The Dirty Bulk Never Works
Anyone trying to gain muscle mass has experimented with dirty bulking. For those not in the “know,” the dirty bulk refers to eating junk food (fast food, subs, cookies, you name it). The theory is that the bulk will let you gain weight (more on that later) that allows you to “bulk” up and gain muscle. Yes, the same foods linked to heart disease and metabolic syndrome miraculously allow you to pack on muscle mass. I think you know where I’m going with this.
Plain and simple, the dirty bulk is for people not willing to diet. You need to eat calories to gain muscle, and anyone who has seriously tried a mass gaining diet knows it’s hard to eat a lot of food. Quinoa, sweet potatoes, and brown rice all add up – to the point of getting sick at the sight of food. This requires hard work and discipline; eating basically becomes a chore
However, with the dirty bulk, you can eat whatever you want. Cookies? Yep. Fast food cheeseburgers? Check. There are no limits with the dirty bulk and this is where problems arise. You’ll gain weight- a bunch of it in fact. The weight will gather all around your midsection, thighs, and neck. That’s only a minor issue. Remember that food dictates your hormonal response, which means that your blood sugar and insulin all over the place. Fluctuations with your insulin can result in estrogen issues and ultimately your testosterone dropping down into the toilet.
The mechanisms of the dirty bulk are mysterious. Usually guys will balloon up by 20, 30, or 40 pounds then they’ll “cut down” to get lean. However, all they really do is cut to the weight that they started with because they lose all the fat they gained. On the outside they’re the same person they started as; on the inside, they now have a whole host of issues.
Write down everything you eat. In nearly ten years of doing this, I’ve never come across anyone who is trying to gain muscle mass and actually eats enough (they usually under eat by about 35%).The best way to tell if you’re eating enough is if the scale is changing – most guys claim they eat a ton but they’ve weighed the same for the last year.
Bottom line: stick with whole food. No matter what, whole food always wins and gaining muscle mass takes dedication, patience, and clean approach.