This is a question my buddy insisted I ask some expert or whatever. He is in his late 20s, lifting for a year or so, trying to get bigger, yada yada yada. Currently, he is about 5-10 or11 about 180ish. My advice to him was that he is doing fine and to do just keep eating and going at it. Some fat always creeps in with muscle gain (unless juicing) and, to be honest, he don’t look fat. Unfortunately, I am not much bigger than him and he wanted some more input from someone bigger. He did gain some belly fat, which is not really evident unless from a relaxed side shot. We read that it is true that most recommend lean down and then gain, but we are no experts.