I am a 24 year old lifter. I started training at 18 with little to no knowledge of training. I eventually learned the basics and added 40 pounds of quality weight. Now sitting at 180 roughly for the past 2 years, and slowly gaining a gut, and seemingly losing muscle as well. Ill be 100% honest about my lifestyle and diet. My training is in check.
My day starts at 6:30. I have a cup of coffee and head to work. I have my first meal at 9:30, which is usually 4-5 hard boiled eggs, and usually oatmeal measured by eye. Second meal is at noon and usually chicken breast and rice or leftovers. At 2, I have some yogurt. I train around 5. I try to take in protein soon after whether it be a shake or peanut butter sandwich with milk. I usually end up eating dinner around 7 or 8 and is usually a protein with a carb or veggie. At my girlfriends mercy on that one.
I can't gain weight, I'm not much stronger (but as strong) as 2 years ago. My progress slowed when I got an apartment with my girlfriend which put a damper on my wallet. So lately I have only supplemented with a cheap multi, creatine, and glutamine.
What I'm asking is for you guys to basically tear me apart. Tell me that what I'm doing is bullshit and what you guys do to make it easy and efficient to prep meals, portion it out correctly rather than eyeballing portions, and how to time it. Maybe someone could suggest a sample meal plan. Also, how can I eat quality foods on a budget? I have a tough time spending 50-100 dollars for any of the Biotest supps or anyother fad supplement that only last a month. I need some help here guys I'm spinning my wheels.