Thanks for all the responses, guys.
@C_C: I definitely understand what you're saying. I've only been lifting seriously for 3 months now so I'm still discovering what my body responds to best in terms of eating and calories in/out. I've been trying to stay between 6-7k cals/day, though (i'm 6' 9", 215 and naturally lean... sucks putting on weight haha.) I have a large stomache (imo), so eating 3 meals a day shouldn't be a problem for me. For meal 2 today I ate 1.5 pepperoni pizzas and a plate of lettuce, lol. Then an hour later I had a double cheeseburger... and now I'm going to go eat 2 more double cheeseburgers and a few slices of pizza...
@PX: I'm certainly not trying to stay "toned" but I'm not trying to be a bodybuilder either. I asked here because bodybuilders seem to have nutrition down to a science in both bulking/maintenance/cutting phases. My goals lie more in the realm of performance training if anything and I'm not worried about putting on fat; I'm actually scared that I won't put on fat.
@ryan: Yeah. I just need to get more familiar with my body and its needs.
@DWN: Indeed, sir.
@a_b: What's your body habitus like? How did you arrive at that conclusion? I only ask because it seems to be working for you.
@Blackaggar: That's what I'm beginning to lean towards.
i appreciate the input. going to try experimenting with a few of C_C's ideas and see how my body responds.