I want to ensure a static/reduced weight isn't acting as a ceiling to current reasonably short term goals - it could be elsewhere, it could be diet content, it could be shifting around my routine - but I'll know its very unlikely to be my weight/calories if Im gaining it 2lbs a week.
This is like asking "how long is a piece of string"... IN one hand, I want to say that if you're numbers are going up then you're not limiting yourself. On the other hand, I want to say if you eat a lot more your numbers will go up even more
This is why Powerlifters embrace the "bloat". I've seen the effects of this myself. Me and my training partner were on the exact same program. We had a similar build - both about 5'7 - 5'8, and both around 160lbs, "with abs". My training partner started talking about getting his "bloat on" and, eventually just decided to try and eat atleast 6000 calories per day. Sometimes it went over this, depending on how much peanut butter he was eating (he would eat atleast half a jar of peanut butter when he drank a cup of tea!).
Anyway, his strength went through the roof. He was lifting considerably less than me and, in about 3 months, he was pretty much hitting the same weights as me. Sure, he was heavier, had more fat, etc, but he didn't/doesn't care. He just wanted to hit those numbers. We still didn't train any differently from each other. Only thing he changed was how much he ate. He went from a horrible 350lbs DL to an easy 420lbs DL within 3 months! (wasn't a newbie at this time) I'm pretty sure he was out squatting me, too.
That experience was an eye opener anyway. I actually think he got too strong too quickly because he ended up with all sorts of injuries (torn hamstring, hip problems, shoulder problems), all around the same time. However, it made me realise something that's kind of obvious but I had never really thought about.....
If you eat "enough" and go to the gym, you'll have a typically good work out. If you don't eat enough, and i'm sure we've all been there, then you feel/perform like crap. However, what if you eat far too much? Well, turns out, you perform even better but, there's also consequences (excess fat).
You just need to find the balance that's right for you. Again though, just make sure your numbers are actually moving in the right direction. If they're not then you don't really know what's working and what isn't.