I'm more into bodybuilding, although I like both worlds, still, one thing is cleaning diet and adding cardio, other is losing weight. But I look at it more or less like this: Cutting or bulking should be a slow process for optimum results, its easy to gain weight or lose weight, the hard part is doing it on the right spots.
But maybe its just my BB mindset talking, and also, my last bulk was really really dirty, therefore my cutting season was way longer also, so yeah, I agree with you mostly also.
I also agree that the general panic on losing muscle on cutting seasons is a little bit silly, as far as I can understand, your body is programmed to let muscle mass go only in drastical cases, which is not the case when you just cut some calories. As you get more experienced, you get to understand that this whole thing of eating every 2 hours, eating fast, slow carbs, fast protein, and on, and on, are just small details that sometimes get your eyes off the big picture. Just count your calories for gaining/losing weight, eat your carbs smartly and use them right (mostly after workout), do your cardio and lift heavy, and you're all set.