I just finished my first serious bulking phase and added about 20 lbs before deciding to taper off to maintenance and improve my body composition some at my current weight. i also went from wearing 32 to 34 size pants.
As i slowly lose fat and gain some/maintain lean mass, can I expect my waist to shrink back much? basically, ho much is waist size correlated with body fat?
Well, how fat is distributed can vary from person to person, but most men will put more weight on around the midsection than elsewhere.
If you did that, then losing enough fat will eventually start to take away from that added weight.
There are also other factors at work like the age of the individual and how much they may grow in height.