Basically, I was off work for 9 months after getting tendonitis in 3 different tendons in my dominant arm. I ended up putting on about 30 lbs of fat but all in the mid-section (Natural ectomorph). First, i dieted down about 10 lbs and then the start of January I've been in the gym 6 days a week going hard with the weights + dieting. My stats currently: 5'9.5 , 165 lbs at %19 BF according to my scale. Although I have upper body definition, and visible abs if flex hard enough (lol), I carry all my excess fat in my love handles and gut and it looks unnatural for someone with a naturally thin figure. Initially I wanted to cut to %15 BF and then bulk, but now I'm wondering if I would be better off going for the clean bulk? Also, there's so many guides and lists on what you should do with your macros that its a bit overwhelming. Some people say cut carbs and go high fat + protein. Others are saying you can still cut with high carb intake. I'll show you an example of my daily diet and maybe you guys can help me fine tune it. Meal #1: Protein shake + Large coffee - 310 cal Meal #2: 2 eggs + 12 grain bagel + 1 tbsp olive oil - 458 cal meal #3: Strawberry Pure Protein bar + Smoothie made with %1 Cottage cheese, Peanut butter, vanilla protein, banana - 525 cal meal #4: Baked sweet potato + ground Turkey + broccoli - 504 calories Total Calories: 2107 Carbs: 227g Fat: 67g Protein: 170g That was yesterday. Usually I try to have 5 to 6 meals a day but yesterday was an exception. Any help would be appreciated sherbros.