I'm new to this forum but not new to lifting and diet/nutrition has ALWAYS been my #1 sticking point. After a long time away from the gym (and many pounds lost) I'm starting up again and in the middle of bulking currently.
I weigh 200lbs and try to get 200-300g of protein a day, and close to double that in good carbs. I lift hard in the gym (4x/wk), drink tons of water throughout the day, and the only supplements I'm taking are vitamins and creatine.
My problem is that, although I've only been back in the gym for a few months, I'm visibly packing on the fat. My diet is pretty clean... one cheat meal a week so I don't lose my mind but other than that it's lean cuts of meat, brown rice, wheat breads/pastas, whey protein, etc.
My workouts are about 60-90m long and yet I'm taking in this huge quantity of food. I don't do cardio and my weight lifting is the only time of the day when I'm not sitting in a cubicle on my flat ass. I know every "turnkey" BB'ing diet on the internet says to take in 1-2g of protein per bound of bodyweight and lots of complex carbs and blah blah blah but there is NO FREAKING WAY I'm coming close to burning that many calories even on my hardest gym days. I'm no dietician but that's a HUGE amount of food and while I'm making progress with muscle mass and strength, I find the rate at which I'm adding fat unacceptable.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Please don't just say "eat less and see what happens", I can figure that part out on my own. Wondering if anyone has had a similar experience or if this conventional BB'ing nutrition dogma isn't quite as "one size fits all" as they make it sound. I don't want to slow my progress but I also don't want to be spending 4 days a week in the gym and still be embarrassed to take off my shirt in public cuz I'm a fat shit.