I always thought carbs were just as important as the protein, to give the body the energy to lift the weights, and to let the protein repair the muscles
So if i eat 5000 calories of protein and fatty burgers a day it'll work the same as rice, sweet potato etc?!
Nutritionists are divided on this. Some say it doesn't matter. Others say it does. The jury is out. Most research I've seen recently says that calories are treated the same regardless of source as far as metabolism is concerned.
Now, as far as diabetes is concerned, or cancer, or arteriosclerosis, then the amount of fat you take in matters but opinion is divided as to what is the ideal proportion of nutrients.
But if all the food calories are burnt, the research suggests it doesn't really matter where they come from. A lot of marathon runners fuel up on high fat snacks like donuts etc because it's the most efficient (and tasty!) way to present the body with the calories it needs.
Having said that I did advocate good food choices and a good balance matters. Weight gain is a different animal to weight loss anyway...
The way I understand it is that protein should be your resource to build, repair and maintains your muscles. Fat and Carbs should be your sources of energy that fuel your body.
You need a balanced diet and the best way to find the balance is by trial and error, measuring your results and making small adjustments eg if your not putting on weight bump your intake by 200 calories per day.
Dave's advice should give you a good foundation & starting point but no one can accurately predict what is exactly right for anyone individual.
Be scientific with your approach and disciplined recording your results, this will give you enough information to accurately make small adjustments to your diet and achieve results.
If you dont record how many calories you are taking in you dont know how much you need to adjust if you are not gaining/losing weight.
If you dont record how much protein you are taking, you dont know how much to add if you are losing strength or muscle mass overtime.
Some people are genetically gifted or just plain lucky and can get by "winging it" For the rest of us there is a proven scientific approach.
“I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may.”...... TYLER DURDEN