So im looking for advice/opinions today. So here's my backstory:
I'm a 6'0 180lb male in my mid 20's. Ive always been an active person, catoring around mostly outdoor activites and sports. I've never really been into the gym thing, but two years ago I thought id give "working out" a shot. My body type isnt neccesarily fat, and im pretty tall and slender, But I definitly have some pudge around my mid-section. Skinny fat i suppose. Looking to get rid of this and get healthier overal while building muscle, I decided to give P90X
I ate pretty strict with the program and did two 90 round sessions. I lost a lot of weight. I was weighing in around 160 by the time the second session was done....but I never really lost the belly pudge. I also never really felt all that great during the program, sort of lightheaded sometimes during the workouts. But certainly better than my out of shape college days.
About 6 months ago, I was really liking the strength training part of p90X and have always wanted to start lifitng (barbell exercises) so I decided to ditch the P90 and give a 5X5 program a shot. I purchased a bench set with weights, barbells, and plates, and a few dumbells. Ive been lifting 3-4 days a week for 6 straight months.
Ive been doing Squats/Bench/Rows/Push-Ups/Curls and Squats/Overhead Press/ Deadlift/ Pullups alternating and upping the weight 5 lbs per exercise (When my body allows it. Somtimes I have to drop the weight and go back to the previous weight for a day).
Ive been trying to eat plenty of protein, and plenty of food in order to gain muscle mass. But I fear ive been eating far to dirty or too much. Im back up to 180lbs and have definitely got more pudge than 6 months ago. I physically feel far better than during my P90 days and Im A LOT stronger than when I started, upping my weight amounts by a bunch.
So at this point im a little discouraged. Im wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to augment my workouts and diet to achieve the results im looking for (more muscle mass, less skinny fat look). Any day-day diets/ meals would be awesome!