I don’t want to give you too much since I’m not a trainer or competitor as some will have a stink…
But lots of good key nuggets so far, “drop the fat first, worry about your bulk later”. That’s not saying that you should crash diet hard and waste away on LISS. But there’s also to consider how fast you want to drop the fat. The standard 1-2lbs a week is good advice since you can really maintain your training more easily.
Want to go quicker? Then you can look into more aggressive diets - I’m not going to get all fan boy but you may want to google something similar to Rapid Fat Loss Download…it’s by Lyle McDonald. He has a bad rap and also is known for his good info though so you’ll have to do research on that side of, but I suggest you read that book if speed of loss is for you.
He just released an Extreme Rapid Fat Loss version that’s not freely found on the internet like Rapid Fat Loss is (oops). I’m giving it a run…on the last day. But be forewarned, it’s not named “Extreme” for nothing…that’s all I’m going to say about that. It’s 6.99 USD so it’s cheap, and let me tell you…if I told you how much I lost in 4 days you’d laugh and half the tnation world would ridicule how much LBM is lost but it’s only 4 days but I’d recommend a good read of RFL.
If you want something more steady then just try any of the diets out, carb cycling (not my fav), low carb/keto (again, not my fav), but it’s really something for you to try. I no longer come on boards for specific recs based on my stats because I found that your own body is so individual no one can make a remotely good rec unless they’re watching you constantly posting your macros, etc. It works for some, but for me I’m dialing it in on my own and it’s very interesting to learn for yourself. Pick a reasonably good diet and stick with it.
But be ready to either keep training volume/intensity high while losing at a slower, moderate pace. Or drop the weight slightly quicker while dieting harder and dropping training volume and frequency. You CAN train hard, just not as long and as often on more restricted diet.
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I appreciate the feedback. I’ve cut my calories a little and will maintain current training volume/intensity. I’ve lost about 4 pounds in the last week and a half. I feel like my total strength has declined a little, but nothing major. I’m sure that once I get lined out, all will be well. I’ll look into Lyle’s publications.