A lot of people who want to build bigger muscles tend to go to fast-food joints. That’s because lots of fast-food items sure come with a lot of protein, and that’s what your muscles need to rebuild and become bigger. It doesn’t hurt that these protein bombs are also generally just yummy. 

But no one sane can ever say that the fast-food industry is a haven for the health-conscious. Even fast-food fans acknowledge that on the whole, fast food is just bad for the health. The menu items come with too many calories and too much sodium, along with too much unhealthy fats. Some even come with outrageous levels of carbs. 

Don’t just go with the fast-food menu items listed with the highest amount of protein, though. With fast-food menus, you’re basically trying to pick the least evil among all the bad options. And that means avoiding the menu items that load up with lots of bad stuff to go with the protein you’re looking for. 

And for goodness’ sake, really avoid the following regardless of how much protein they provide: 

  1. Little Caesars 3 Meat Treat DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza. Yes, it deeply provides you with an outrageous amount of protein at 157g. After all, you’re getting a thick pizza laden with bacon, Italian sausage, and pepperoni. But you’ll just destroy your diet with the 3,470 calories, and a dangerously high amount of sodium at 7,270mg. And if these aren’t enough to put you off, you’re also getting 70g of saturated fat and 3g of trans fat
  2. Sonic Asian Sweet Chili Boneless Wings (24 pieces). These boneless wings are sure great with some drinks, if you’re only concerned about the taste. And the whopping 119g of protein are terrific for muscle-builders. What’s terrible, however, is that this will also give you 5,820mg of sodium. Then you have the 37g of saturated fat, 2g of trans fat, and 56g of sugar (as much sugar as almost a dozen Original Glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme). 
  3. Raising Cane’s Caniac Combo. You get a drink to go with the 6 chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, 2 servings of Cane’s sauce, Texas toast, and a side of coleslaw. Even without the drink, you’ll be bloated by the 1,790 calories, 3,160mg of sodium, 16g of saturated fat, 1g of trans fat, and 21g of sugar. Do you really want all that for 89g of protein? 
  4. Smashburger Double Pulled Pork Tailgater. Here you have 2 patties between the pretzel buns, and then they’re blanketed by spicy mustard, aged Swiss cheese, smoked pulled pork, and caramelized onions. While it does provide 83g of protein, you’re also getting 1,300 calories, 2,470mg of sodium, 17g of sugar, 36g of saturated fat, and 4g of trans fat. 
  5. Wendy’s Big Bacon Triple. It may seem common sense to load up with 3 patties in your burger if you’re hunting for protein. With these 3 patties and all the other ingredients (like the bacon), you’re getting 75g of protein. But is it worth it if you also get 1,220 calories, 1,770mg of sodium, 36g of saturated fat, and 4.5g of trans fat? Of course not! 
  6. Subway Chicken and Bacon Ranch. Yes, it’s delicious. You’ve got that crispy bacon and the melted Monterey cheddar cheese, along with 72g of protein. But then again, you also have to deal with 1,070 calories, a whopping 2,190mg of sodium, 81g of carbs, 19g of saturated fat, and 1g of trans fat. 
  7. Burger King Triple Whopper with Cheese. It gives you 71g of protein courtesy of the 3 patties, but you also get 1,220 calories along with 1,470 mg of sodium. It also makes you consume 82g of fat, which includes 32g of saturated fat and even 4.5g of trans fat that will just clog your arteries. 
  8. Whataburger Triple Meat Whataburger. You get 70g of protein along with a whopping amount of the other things that will just wreck your diet. We’re talking about 1,885 calories, 2,080mg of sodium, 23g of saturated fat, 3g of trans fat, and even 119g of sugar. This is just seriously bad. 
  9. Moe’s Southwest Grill The Homewrecker Burrito with Chicken. Muscle-builders may think they’re starting the day right with 69g of protein for breakfast. But you’re actually off to a bad start with 1,484 calories, 23g of saturated fat, and 2,869mg of sodium. 

Final Words

You really just ought to avoid all these protein-packed yet unhealthy fast-food options. There are other choices that are simply better. 

A visit to Hungry Howie’s, for example, may just be what you need. Their unhealthiest menu item (check out their menu and prices at PriceListo) is their Turkey Club, as it comes with 1,890 mg of sodium. But at least it doesn’t have any trans fat, and it only loads you up with 840 calories to go with the 45g of protein. 

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