Yeah I get what you're looking for dude, I really didn't mean to sound so abrasive.
I know what you're feeling because there was a time I was extremely unsure of what I was doing and if it was working the right way. It sucks hearing the hard answers like being patient and consistent and all that.
One thing I started trying was paying attention to my body on a day-to-day basis. Like, if I decided to try simple carbs pre/mid/post workout (or complex carbs, for that matter,) I'd try both for like 1-2 months or something, take notice of how my body was responding and adjust from there.
If I have simple carbs after a workout - I can see myself actually being VISIBLY fatter than if I have complex carbs. I know it probably has something to do with insulin and blah blah, who knows, but knowing the scientific termonology and all that isn't actually going to make me look any diffrent.
Instead, I just started focusing on things that I could visibly see and tangible adjustments I could make instead of theoretical solutions to the problem, know what I mean?
Like, all I'm trying to say, and I know it sounds cliche, is that everyone truly is different. I know a guy who use to eat like 900+ grams of carbohydrates a day. If I had that many, I'd probably explode. Just no way, haha. I also know guys who got pretty freaking big off 300 grams of protein a day...whereas I'm normally pushing 400 or more.
I guess the sooner you figure out what kind of foods, supplements techniques, and overall strategies work best for you, the sooner you'll be able to stick with that method consistently and start making gains.
I'm not sure how much you frequent this site, but there's a young buck around here named Austin Bicep who's managed to drop a fairly substantial amount of weight while getting legitimately stronger on every exercise he does. He found the "sweet spot" for him and he seems to be loving it at this point. Think about... keeping leanness while getting stronger! It's so nice.
Anyway, that's why I originally just said the whole weights + food + cardio = good, thing. I know it sounds simple and stupid, but remember that most training regiments and diets are more of a guideline than an infallable concept. You need to find a basic template that works for you, and tailor it to your specific needs.
I'm sorry if any of this sounds redundant or non-helpful. Speaking from persnal experience (and I'm no colossus, obviously, as the profile pic indicates,) but I know when I stopped reading articles here and listened to/watched the biggest guys around me I started learning the most. There's a big difference between writing about getting big and actually getting big, ya feel me? Heck, next time you go to the gym and see a big dude doing something (and obviousl aren't barging in on them,) feel free to ask them some questions. It may be a little intimidating, but a lot of big guys would probably be plenty happy to help out a noob who's genuinely looking for help.
I'd read articles here and "Oh no! This and this is going to make my body do this and this..." and then I'd read another article that said exactly the opposite. Each argument would have citations and further support for the content they claimed, but when I got down to it, I started realizing that I was just holding myself back by worrying about all the little things.
Again, I hope this is helpful in any way.