it sounds to me like you're micromanaging and being calculated with your daily diet, possibly even to the point where you're analyzing each meal. if you check my "Diet" log (linked below), you'll see that i sometimes use FitDay to log my meals and get all kinds of fancy pie charts and percentages about my diet. of course, i use this program more out of curiosity than anything -- i don't have any diet "plan" whatsoever. also, just to remind you (because i said this in one of your other threads), i'm naturally skinny with very low lean mass. i was 140 lbs. (at 5'8") before i started lifting. you and i are in the same boat.
that said, in my experience, a "perfectly dialed-in diet" (in quotes because there probably is no such thing, regardless of what people tell you about percentages) does not result in quick gains. yes, you need plenty of protein. yes, you need to eat more on a bulk. yes, you need to consume less while cutting. but even if you reach 100% confidence in your diet and feel you've found some sort of magical ratio, you won't see quick gains. a good diet doesn't affect you like steroids: it will still take a long time for you to notice mass gains, and it will not prevent plateaus in strength.
BtB's post pretty much sums up everything you need to know. there's no point in micromanaging every single meal and trying to "maximize your diet for gains." you're going to be at this for a very long while. you need to be prepared to buckle down for the long haul. if you internalize the idea "i need plenty of protein and significantly higher calories while bulking," i'm sure whatever diet results from this will be great.
Last edited by SecondsOut; 04-20-2013 at 10:29 AM.