Originally Posted by Arethusa
I'm sorry, man. I had to set the record straight.
You're not the only one. It is difficult, and it can be difficult to maintain, especially if you don't have a situation in which eating lots of small meals throughout the day is practicable. It's not impossible, though, and you do get used to it over time. Especially if you start training, you'll start to need those calories, and large meals will disappear fairly quickly. Just make sure that you eat the right kind of calories. Low glycemic index carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, sweet potatoes, etc), good fats (no trans fats; stuff like olive oil, on the other hand, you can chug), and enough protein (this can be difficult; whey is very useful), and so on.
GQ, how the hell are you eating 260g of protein a day? You only need 1-1.5Xg where X is your bodyweight in lbs. Beyond that, it's all basically wasted, and after a certain point, can start to cause kidney damage, among other things.
There's no research to suggest that a large intake of protein over the short to mid term leads to kidney damage in otherwise healthy kidneys. The research that has been performed in this area was on people with a history of kidney problems. As long as you drink a sufficient amount of water to flush out the accumulating uric acid, I generally don't think there's a problem. Who knows what the effect would be in the longterm, but this diet will only last while I'm trying to build new muscle. Maintenance should be easier.
Anyway, I'd rather err on the side of caution and waste a little bit of protein as opposed to not eating enough of it. After all, I'm spending all this money and effort on food and working out so I'd hate to think I wasn't getting maximum benefit.
Regardless, it's definitely working. I've put on weight and my measurements are already changing.
And to answer your question, due to time constraints, I eat 2 good meals a day from real food (chicken breast + something else), the rest of the time I drink protein shakes (in 1% milk). I have 3 different powders that I use at this point. ON Whey for when I just want a protein shake and can do without extra carbs. Cytogainer for post-workout which is a mix of carbs and whey, and bsn true mass which I take before bed. It's a mix of whey, casein protein (slower digesting), and carbs. I also take a couple tablespoons of udo's choice and multivitamins (without iron) daily. I've worked out the calories to be pretty close to 40/30/30 protein/carbs/fat.
It's very helpful to keep a container of protein or meal replacement powder in every place that you spend a significant amount of time in to make sure you always get your quota. I keep a supply at home and at work. When school starts I'll keep one in my locker there as well. Makes it a lot easier to eat all your meals.
Sauce, i hope you hadn't spent too much on your clothes :P The reason I don't want to go much past 160 is that I don't want to outgrow all of my clothes considering I've now spent the equivalent of a luxury car on my wardrobe
EDIT: As I continue to read more about this stuff I learn new things. Too much protein in one shot can in fact be counterproductive. I'll get in to an explanation some other time since I need to get home and eat!