Im really confused about calories and muscle-building. :redface: I know that you won't build muscle by starving yourself; you need to increase your calorie intake. However, this doesn't mean that you can eat McDonald's for breakfast, noon and night does it? Sure, you'd be getting your calories, but wouldn't you be eating alot of "bad" fat too? So what to these guides mean when they say "you've got to increase your calorie intake"? Do they mean you've got to do it by eating things like chicken and fish? If this is the case, why don't they just say "to increase your levels of protein"? Also, if you eat alot of protein, but don't actually do any form of exercise, does it get stored as fat anyway? (I know I must sound so uninformed! :redface What is the exact relationship between calories and muscle?