Hello. I'm 23 years old, 6'1", been lifting seriously for about 9 months now. Started out in the mid 180's with 16% bodyfat. Originally I decided to cut, which was dumb since I only really had a gut and my arms and legs were very skinny. Around November I decided to bulk and promised myself I'd bulk clean. I've gone from 194 in this picture (on new year's day) to 206 currently, but I feel terrible.
My lifts are all improving, my bench has gone up 40lbs since Christmas, etc. But I just feel terrible, and mainly because of my gut. Twice in the last week my wife has said "so when do you start cutting?" which just makes me feel like absolute ****. Where did I go wrong? I figure it's all about learning so I need to find the glaring holes in my diet and fix them...
My bulking diet looks something like this:
5:30am - banana
5:45-6:30am - workout
6:45am - post workout shake of grapefruit juice, all the whey tasteless protein (2 scoops), 5g creatine
*I know I need to add in some oatmeal here*
10am - ON 100% whey (2 scoops) shake in 20oz milk
1-2pm - bowl of broccoli, spinach, and lowfat cheddar cheese, and three natty pb and stoneground wheat bread sandwiches (i think this may be doing some damage)
5pm - dinner (usually chicken, maybe brown rice, i eat a few pounds of 90% ground beef per week, pasta once a week)
9pm - ON 100% whey (2 scoops) shake in 20oz milk, 4-5oz flaxseed oil
Here's an average day for me, maybe a few more calories than average:
I'm always down for reading and most work days I just cruise around to these boards and read so I'm not one to do no research...just thought I finally had a decent diet down pat and I'm not so sure anymore...and I know creatine will create a bit of a bloat but I'm up 12lbs since January 1 so I have to be gaining the weight somewhere...
It's so tough trying to eat well when you're married because the wife doesn't want chicken every night you know? But all I want to do is look good for her...