My goals are to get a little bigger in the arms, chest, back and legs etc..., but I also want to lose the gut. I really shouldn't have a gut for a guy with my size frame. I know if I hit the cardio like crazy I could lose the gut, but I've tried that before, and I usually lose some of the muscle mass I've worked hard to build. So, I don't want to do that, and I don't want to be a buck fifty. That's too light. I guess my real goal is to be a solid (no gut) 175 lbs. Any suggestions? I'd greatly appreciate your advice.
In order to be 175 lbs. with low bodyfat you will to first bulk up to at least 190+ lbs. and then diet back down to 175 lbs. This is the way that all bodybuilders do it.
For example, when you see a middleweight bodybuilder in a contest that weighs 175 lbs. ripped, most likely he was over 200 lbs. and had a soft gut several months before the contest and dieted down to that weight.
I am sure you have heard people talk about someone who was overweight, started working out, and people then say that "he turned his fat into muscle". Well that is not how it works, but by being overweight there was also a lot of muscle mass under that fat and by losing the fat you can see the muscle underneath.
You have to look at the big picture. It is a 2 step process, get big and strong first, then get lean and ripped second. If you try to do both at the same time you will limit your progress, you won't really get lean and you won't get big either.
To help minimize the fat gains you should stick to eating clean wholesome foods. Avoid eating chips, sweets, junk foods, etc. Increase
your protein intake to at least 250 grams per day. Increasing your protein intake is one of the best ways to gain muscular bodyweight.
I suggest that you check out the Bio-Genetic Weight Gain System at: http://www.drugfreemuscle.com This program outlines an excellent 12 week program that will help you quickly pack on solid muscular bodyweight.