What is the optimum level of bulking?
I mean, do you bulk until you reach your desired weight? Until you reach a certain weight based on body type or previous weight? Until a certain level of body fat has been reached?
For instance, I've put on a little over 20 pounds in a short space of time, whilst lifting weights (say about 8 weeks). Of that, a certain percentage has definately ended up as fat, judging by the stretch marks on my glutes and the small fat deposit under my breasts. I was a skinny guy who had maybe 12-15% body fat. Now it would be in the 15-20% range. I've decided to stop bulking and begin a phase of fat reduction, by cutting down on my calorie intake and doing cardio on my off days. But is this the right thing to do?
My goal is to still put on at least another 20-40 pounds of lean weight. Is putting on 2 pounds a week, when I was bulking, too fast? What sort of bulk and diet cycles should I use?