I agree and you may think about (if this is a LONG cut and not for an upcoming show/deadline) also losen the diet a bit. Not go crazy but up the intake a touch be more at maint. and rest up. You will come back fresh, shouldnt really gain fat be able to hit it hard and heavy and dropping the cals back down expect some major progress toward your goal.
Thanks for the replies. I've definitely been feeling the effects of overtraining. I'm doing a slow long cut. Should I stop all lifting completely? Should I also stop my cardio? I'm assuming I should bump up the cals back to maintenance?
It's not that big a deal. Cutting intensity for one week is not going to cause him to go catabolic. I personally promise. As for cardio, during a deload week, you simply don't need it. While it can be helpful in some situations for getting blood into muscles, it is not needed.
I think backoff weeks during cutting are an excellent idea. I would suggest some bodyweight work and light cardio. But I would pair it with eating at maintenance. Let your body replenish itself. Give it a week to recoup. Resume normal diet and training after this week. In my experience, your body will take you, and if anything, fat loss will proceed at a faster pace.