Re: How to build muscle?
The big gut thing you are worrying about, is the HGH gut.
Professionals that take HGH help them recover, but it also makes their muscles, organs, bones, everything grow. So their organs in their gut grow, and press up agianst their rib cage, and pushes out their gut. They have a beer gut, that is ripped.
As for your timing of meals, this is how I time mine:
Breakfast is important. Get some vitamins, some fruit, some protein like eggs, and that is good. And some morning creatine is always good.
Then lunch. Again some protein, and carbs, maybe some vegetables.
Then your pre-workout. If you take pre-workouts that have caffeine in them, take them now. Also, anything called Nitric-oxide is a BS product. Take your creatine if you are trying creatine.
Then you take a post-workout. Something with protein, like whey and maybe some egg protein if you can factor it in. And it also helps to take some creatine, again if you are on it.
Then you have your evening meal. I usually down some more protein, and take some vegetables, some other stuff like that. Make sure you get your nutrients.
Then later in the night, if you take the casein shake, take that, and maybe some yogurt, some good food.
As for if you get on creatine, if you ever try it, only take Creatine Monohydrate. That is the kind that has several years of study, is shown to work. I would suggest micronized Creatine powder from Optimum Nutrition. I find taking it with juices, like grape, orange, apple, is best. But if you want, it is tasteless, so you can mix it into your protein shakes if you take those.
Again, this is all just a suggestion. You don't have to follow it. You can do, whatever the #$%* you wana do!