If your doing it with clean food, seriously what's there to worry over? If you think your gaining to much fat, you skim off carbs & work on reducing what you don't like. Tweaking the diet.
I think we'll just have to agree to disagree because I don't like calling foods "clean" or "dirty" - it creates a certain stigma and makes it sound like certain foods have 'super' properties to them that prevent them from making someone gain weight. I mean, yeah, 2,000 calories of spinach is a lot harder to consume than 2,000 calories worth of peanut butter but it's still about calories in and calories out.
I'm not trying to be a bodybuilder or am I after a certain "look" so I'm never gonna be bothered about visible this & the muscle popping out. I'm not in the slightest cut, im there to move the barbell & to move weight you need to gain weight. There will always be a genetic freak who looks normal & can lift heavy but you can't use them as a bench mark. Big lifters are big guys/women.
I do totally agree with you here, though, and this definitely made me think a lot about my goals. I personally don't ever want to do bodybuilding competitions and really want to work toward doing raw powerlifting so, I suppose, my macro tracking isn't a necessity.
It has, however, helped me out a lot with my undereating, figuring out how much I actually do
need to be eating to get stronger, and what kind of foods work best for helping me perform in the gym. For example, I was eating 1,800 calories a day with really high protein/moderate carbs for a while but the scale wasn't going up in the gym and I was crashing half-way through sessions so I started eating 2,000 with lowered protein and higher carbs. Gym performance improved but now my weight's still the same as it was in December so I'll probably be upping my calories again.
How's the training going anyway?
Training's going great, actually. Steady increases in all of my big lifts and I definitely feel stronger - which is awesome.