Chace Crawford Keeps a Healthy Diet 'but on the Weekends, Anything Goes': 'I’ll Still Throw It to a Big Mac'

“I mean what can you do?” the actor, 38, quipped

<p>CraSH/Shutterstock</p> Chace Crawford


Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford doesn’t have “cheat days” with his diet — he has cheat weekends.

The Boys star, 38, appeared on the digital cover on Men’s Health and shared that although he likes to eat healthy foods, he treats himself to his favorites on the weekends.

“75-80% of the meals I'm eating are probably pretty clean — I hate that word — but the healthy thing, I'm cooking most of my meals. But on the weekends, anything goes,” he said in the outlet’s “Eat Like” video. “I'll still throw it to a Big Mac, or a pizza, sometimes airport Egg McMuffin. I mean what can you do? When you gotta do something, you gotta do it!”

The Gossip Girl alum said he actually didn’t start to cook for himself until he was 30, and once he did, he started eating healthier. “I think cooking your own food goes a long way into not eating a bunch of crap,” he added.

Related: Scott Disick Was 'Pounding a Box’ of Hawaiian Rolls a Night, Drinking 20 Ginger Ales a Day Before Weight Loss

The PEOPLE Puzzler crossword is here! How quickly can you solve it? Play now!

But Crawford admitted that his willpower to avoid junk food is sometimes lacking, which is why he doesn't keep temptations in his house.

“If it's in the house, I'm going to eat it,” he said. “Most of the snacks in my house are, like, skinny dipped almonds. I do love the chocolate covered almonds but they skew healthier.”

“I do have some crap in there. But if I have bags of chips, if I have a pint of ice cream, that thing’s getting eaten — and that's fine. Sometimes that happens, but for the most part, I'm not always buying ice cream and chips and a bunch of candy and sugar,” he continued. “You know, it really affects me, I can feel it. It just kind of spikes my energy, and you crash later, and it's just for me it's not great.”

<p>Monica Schipper/Getty; Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty</p> Chase Crawford, Taylor Kitsch

Monica Schipper/Getty; Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty

Chase Crawford, Taylor Kitsch

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

Crawford said his diet is all about balance, making sure he’s focused on fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

Another reason why he has taken his diet so seriously is because of his longtime friend Taylor Kitsch.

“My very first movie called The Covenant — please don't go watch it — but my good buddy Taylor Kitsch, I think had like two years of nutrition school,” he said. “I mean he looked completely shredded and, it was like record scratch, spaghetti in my mouth, and he was like, ‘What are you doing?’ And that was the come to Jesus moment about ‘Okay, this is what we need, this is the path we need to be on if we're going to try… if you're going to work out, you might as well eat healthy.’”

For more People news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on People.