I was referring to body comp, not getting ripped. I pick set points, usually a 10lb gain...then i "refine" it by sitting at that weight for a month or two before trying to gain again. So i'll be sitting at a new maintenance for calories, while solidifying my gains and staying the same weight. Which is where my statement came from.
And for me, i can get down to visible abs if i stay at said weight long enough (muscle/fat ratio). Not ripped, but just looking nice and full with some leanness with some bicep vascularity and delt definition (back definition too).
That should make more sense. Either way, i'm confident i can always get back down to visible abs with decent muscular definition by chiseling out what i already have without losing weight...it just takes a couple months.