I just finished a transformation/long term cut, and I'm now about 140 lbs @ 5'7 at around 10% bodyfat, possibly slightly below. I have extremely low bodyfat right now and just need to pile on some serious size for quite some time before I cut again. All I ate while cutting was chicken breasts, lean beef, eggs, wheat bread, protein shakes, rice cakes. That is literally all I ate, nothing else.
Now that I am bulking, do I need to eat as insanely clean as I was on my cut, or can I eat clean within reason? (like eating some reduced fat wheat thins as a snack even though on a cut I'd never do that, or having breaded chicken a few times a week?)
I am just thinking that if I only eat insanely clean foods, I'm goign to have to be eating a lot more vs. if I ate mostly clean but used other things to boost calories, like breading and stuff?
If I don't eat 100% clean on my bulk, but I take that into account and just eat less than I would if I was eating as cleanly as I would on a cut, do you guys think it will still work out without a lot of fat gain?
Also, I am NOT a hardgainer/ecto. I only have very low bodyfat because I purposely lowered it, but I am by no means a hard gainer, I am probably a combination of meso/endo.