All the suggestions above are just very small factors
take creatine if you want ...
@ omni: alters your body? how so?
what's your whole diet like?
what are your lifts ( bench/squat/dead/any olympic )?
what's your routine like?
How long do you think you've been on a plateau?
Why only protein? other macros are an essential part of a diet suited for your goal.
Thanks for replying. Let me give you a quick summary on those questions you asked. As for diet, I try and take in alot of calories each day spread out over the whole day. You know what I mean? I try and eat 5-6 smaller meals a day but sometimes I just don't have time to eat that many times ( I only get 3 a day in about 2-3 days a week ). I eat alot of fish, chicken ( breast ), I opt for ground turkey instead of beef. When I need red meat I have been eating buffalo for about the past 2 months. Also, I usually eat rice with most meals and mix in pasta frequently as well. I always have a healthy portion of brocolli or some other greens. ( I LOVE MY VEGGIES! ). I snack on fruit throughout the day. I try to drink water most of the time but I must admit, I like my sodas so I fall victim often. Another snack I eat regularly is bread & butter ( I have always liked it since I was a kid and hold firm to it )
As for my lifts, For chest I hit flat and incline presses and do flat dumbell flyes and incline dumbell flyes. I also like the Hammer Strength machines so I hit those sometimes too. For Triceps, I hit the Skullcrushers, pressdowns and weighted dips. For shoulders I hit Military, shrugs, laterals and my favorite is Arnolds. For biceps I hit barbell curls, preachers and seated dumbell. For back I hit pulldowns, seated rows and bent over rows. Legs are a bad situation for me now, I hurt my knee about 4 months ago so I have really been slacking in this area ( I am sure this is a HUGE reason for my hard gaining! ). I still hit squats, hammy curls and calf raises but I'm not pushing the weight whatsoever.
OH! and I forgot deadlift which just about doesn't exist for me anymore ( I know, I know ). I got to stop babying the knee! Any suggestions?
I work a split routine with alternate groups, for example: Chest/biceps, back/triceps, etc. You get the picture. I take a day between lifting and jog/ bike on the days in between. I do 3 sets of each lift, high weight low reps (6) because I was told that was the best way to maximize strength/mass.
I've been plateau'd for like 2-2 1/2 months. Honestly, now that I think of it I started to see real hard gaining when my knee went out. I think that is probably the biggest problem, when you don't hit the legs hard you don't release the hormones.
I stopped with the other supplements because I was going broke and the creatine just makes me feel bloated with water. I see some size with it but not much evidence of gains in strength.
Whats your take on N.O. Explode? I was thinking about taking that.
EDIT: When I read my original post I realized that when I said I would like to get to 260 by August it may not be worded right. What I mean is that right now I weigh 245 and would like to get to 260 lbs. by August without putting on fat. ( I could easily get to 270-280 if I didn't watch that! )