Hey everyone, I’m a 27 year old male who has been fairly skinny my entire life. Recently I’ve been looking through various sites such as this and I noticed that I’ve been gravitating towards Tnation, in particular the forums. I decided to begin a serious attempt to gain muscle and strength. I had messed around with weights for months at a time without any noticable gains in strength or visual improvements for the past year or so.
I began lifting at home 2 months ago in a spare bedroom following the 5/3/1 for hardgainers program I found on this site (which I have questions about).
As of right now I am around 180 lbs and am 6’1" tall. I’ve been trying to gain weight, and have been eating as much and as often as possible while trying to avoid gaining too much fat.
My daily food intake looks like this-
Protein shake (1 1/2 scoop)
Peanut butter sandwich (2 slices whole wheat bread, 2 tbsp natural PB)
1 cup brown rice
1 cup ground beef
1 1/2 cup brown rice
1 1/2 cup ground beef
1 cup rice with vegetables and 1 to 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese depending on how hungry I am
Post workout protein shake
(An example for dinner, all are similar with meat/protein, vegetable etc)
5 scrambled eggs
Big handful spinach
Onions, tomatoes, jalapenos
Large flour tortilla
3 slices bacon
Another peanut butter sandwich
Are there any holes/deficiencies in my diet that I should fix? I have been questioning my fat intake- I have no clue how much or little I should be eating in order to gain lean mass. Also, am I doing myself a disservice by cramming in the majority or my calories and protein in a smaller timeframe in the second half of the day?
I apologize for a long post, just trying to stay ahead of the curve and give as much info I can. I’m pumped to start learning as much as I can and be able to finally grow a bit and not look like a twig.