If you have an inherent need for precision as part of your personality, then sure… maybe exact macronutrient percentages will be the thing for you. Personally, I cannot stand them and do not find them terribly helpful.
In looking at your photos, I really do not think gaining 1 lb. per week is a stretch at all or will make you really fat. You have a lot of room to grow and should focus on doing just that.
Don’t get me wrong - you don’t want to get all sloppy in the process, but it also doesn’t need to be rocket science. I would start bulking clean as you can in terms of your eating and if you hit points where you are slowing down/not making progress,
Eating slightly less clean is not going to be the end of the world (especially since it’s not like you will be eating 100% pure crap and doing it for the rest of your life).
Unfortunately, I do have the type of personality you described. I have trouble accomplishing things unless I really focus on my goals and be able to measure them. Side affect of being an engineer. I’ve logged every thing I’ve eaten since July 1.
Do you think 3-4 months will be enough time to put on some noticeable weight? I was hoping to put the weight on until March and then working on cutting the excess fat of my body for the summer during April-June.
Basically my goal is to be bigger and more muscular by the this summer. I’ve been doing some research on the topic and noticed that the lengths of different peoples bulking phase varied considerably. So I’m not sure of 3-4 months will be enough for me.[/quote]
You can certainly put on size people will notice in 3 to 4 months, especially if you are somewhat detrained or have not been doing a lot of bulking. Don’t expect miracles, per se, but I am a big believer in fighting against any sort of self-limiting thoughts in terms of your total potential.
If you are very focused on bulking to then cut again in April, it’s certainly your prerogative, but you might want to give some longer term thought to how things are when you hit April or May.
You may very well like your progress and want to continue with it. Bear in mind that if you do a decent job of putting on size without adding too much fat, you may well end up looking better overall at that point.
Give it a focused attack for a few months and then reassess a bit.