My goal is to get some body fat off, like to 12-15% or less, so I can then get some muscle on.[/quote]
Some would argue you are going at this backwards. You’re a newbie and can take advantage of the brief period where you would be able to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. The diet you chose is good, just make sure you get in enough calories, healthy fat, and gym time.
Don’t use the excuse that you are dieting and wimp out in the gym. Big mistake. I would say carb cycling is too advanced for you right now.
Regarding your fat question - I don’t think those numbers are that low. I think you could probably stand to take in less protein and more fat, but you will need to do the diet as-is for a while and see how it suits you. There is no one-size-fits-all formula.