I have been lifting for some time and up until approximately 6 months ago I really dedicated myself to my diet and weight training. I have read the stickies and posts by different users. I was loosing weight and got to a point where I basically bottomed out on the weight loss. I read that if I would bulk or increase the lean muscle mass I would then be able to later loose the fat better. On April 1 I decided to go on a bulk for the first time ever. I have been doing it for 17 days now and I am now up 2 pounds from where I started. I have checked and my daily calorie needs are using the Katch-Mcardle method and it shows for a person 5'10" tall weighing 200 lbs is 2060. I checked my total requirements using the that would put my calorie needs at 2678 calories daily. Using emma's post it stated to go between 10-20% surplus above you daily requirements. That puts it at 2946 calories. My calories for the last 17 days have averaged 2800 calories. I have gained just over 2 pounds in that time. Is this a good pace for weight gain during a bulk? I would like it to be considered a clean bulk and not put on to much fat. I am doing a five day workout schedule with two days rest. Doing heavy compound lifts. I am doing 15min of cardio two times a week on off days and eating the same foods/intake all days. My daily calories are 2800 with 292 carbs, 235 protein and 80 grams of fat. Based on the numbers it shows I should have another 146 calories. Would the extra calories help with the lean muscle growth? One of the regular posters that have helped me has been Induced_Drag. Thanks again. Below are pictures of the start and where i was as of April 4.092311 start.jpg040412.jpg I can not get the pictures to show in the post without you having to open the attachment sry..