I know, it's a crazy thing to say, isn't it? Being in a caloric surplus is a great way to gain weight but it doesn't guarantee muscle gains or the maintenance of any gain post cutting.
The oversimplification of how we build muscle and lose fat has screwed so many people it's sad.
Nutrition is about nutrients and how they support metabolic function. There are a thousand different things that happen when we eat food. To boil all of it into "Eat Less, Work More" is a myopic and damaging practice.
This week I bumped my fat up a little bit to 155g. That was the goal last week but I only averaged 145g. This week I actually averaged 155g.