Going from a strict cut into maintenance calories I've loosened up a bit and been eating a lot more refined carbs along with increased artificial sweetener and sodium intake. Looked at myself in the mirror today and thought I looked soft and bloated. Not happy.
Made me think about cutting out the "bad" carbs and all "unnecessary" foods (salt, sweetener, pre packaged stuff) and be strict on my upcoming bulk. In that case, I would use mainly tubers and potatoes with limited rice and whole grain pasta for carbs, cutting out almost all grains and dairy. Some fruit. Meat and eggs for protein. Good oils, eggs, avocados, salmon and nuts for healthy fats.
Basically I would be doing a stricter bulk (not simply IIFYM) with the same total calories. I guess this should limit sluggishness and bloating while providing more vitamins and minerals than whatever IIFYM style diet.
Anyone tried something similar and care to share? Are micronutrients important on a bulk? (we all know they are on a cut)