I hear ya, firestanggt. But at 5'10 and 170#... lifting for seven years!, what are your perceptions?
It says to me he hasn't put in the time to learn how to lift and eat for success, nor how much time one should expect for success to happen. Time in the trenches is the biggest factor in how much you'll benefit from gear, without gear being a crutch for growth.
To the OP:
I had a rule. Two times your weight in grams of protein and three times your weight in grams of carbs. But that carb cycling thing may be good if you're sensitive to bloating. You may have to up the protein to stay at your calorie level on the low days. 185 should be a piece of cake to reach after your cycle ends. Good luck.