Hey guys. I’m 31 years old and 6’1. Currently in the process of a bulk which I’ve been doing for about 2 months now. I’ve gone from around 186lbs up to 202lbs. I’ve been able to put on some good muscle in that time, particularly to my upper legs, deltoids and lats but I’ve also, inevitably, put on some fat too which I was aware of but not quite aware to how bad it was until I was checking my back progress in the mirror earlier. I’ve got a lot of fat in the lower back and love handle area. I know this is the area men tend to store there fat but I’MO it looks quite bad on me. My torso is an hour glass shape, starts wider at the top of my lats and then comes in only to go straight back out at the love handle area. Not sure if I’ve got wide hips which is making the problem worse.
I’m unsure as to what I should do now? If I carry on with the bulk this is only going to get worse and, I imagine, will be more difficult to correct with diet later. And how much weight should a person look to put on during a bulk anyhow or is it purely a personal choice?
Here’s some stats. I’d consider myself mainly an ectomorph with some mesomorph qualities.
Body fat: 16-18% (that’s a guess based purely on pics of people at certain body fats and seeing people estimate the body fat of others on forums)
Cold flexed measurements