I’ve recently started seriously bulking in the past 2 months and have put on about 15 pounds. I’m on a chest shoulders tri calf abs/ legs back bis split where I rotate these 2 workouts every other day so I’m in the gym 3 to 4 times a week. I was stuck in the starting strength mindset for a long time but I’ve now increased volume and really like what I’m doing.
My issue is that I’m now up to 215 pounds at 6’4 (I wasn’t counting calories, just eating clean but probably way to many carbs) and I’m getting that pregnant stomach look which I had when I was doing starting strength and got up to 228 pounds. I lost all of the weight and got down to 185 late last year, and I had been trying to get my strength back on starting strength before switching over to this new increased volume program.
Should I eat at maintenence for a month or 2 and see if I can recomp, should I go below maintenence to try to get back to around 200 pounds while still trying to add strength then eat only 300-500 over maintenece. I would say I still have potential for a lot of newbie gains because I’m lifting much less than what I was a year ago when I was on starting strength, so theres still a lot of strength to regain.