I must be doing something wrong with this "clean bulk" concept. I have eaten 2,800kcal a day for the past 2 weeks comprised solely of meat, nuts, vegetables, fruit, brown rice, whey, and some dairy. I am lifting probably 5 times a week, each session composed of multiple compounds then isolations. I went from 161-169lbs in this 2 week period, and I already feel that I am regaining my gut. I see no muscular changes, except perhaps subtly more pronounced vascularity.
My question is: did I really regain 8lbs of fat (because it looks like it) in 2 weeks by eating a clean diet of 2,800kcal or is just some bloating and water retention that is making my gut (and weight) larger? I realize that I'm still tiny regardless, but I don't want to repeat my awful dirty bulk experience.