Yeah, I've noticed my mass dropping pretty rapidly as well. About how many kcals would you recommend, and what micros should I be shooting for? Again, this is kind of a bitch as I'm limited as to what I have access to eat, but no excuses for progress, right?
Yeah, unfortunately what you said makes sense.... You are pretty strong for 198, and cutting your calories when you aren't a beginner is pretty much guaranteed to make strength gains a lot harder to come by. The right move is definitely to reduce volume a bit, so that you are only training as much as you can recover from with your current caloric intake.
Tips for still making strength gains while eating less calories? Make as much of those calories come from meat as you possibly can. Protein is what's gonna help you maintain lean mass and keep you recovering. I have always found that simply limiting my carbs is the easiest way to lose weight. Not necessarily cut them altogether. But just know that the more delicious meat (red meat especially) you eat, the more bang you are getting for your calorie buck. At least, that is how I feel.
My Monday consists of 5/3/1 Bench, 50 Weighted pull ups, 4x10 Guillotine Bench, Kroc rows and 50 weighted dips. My chest is really lacking though as when I'm doing heavy bench I noticed my chest gets fatigued and eventually I'll have to "shrug" the weight up with my shoulders.
Tuesday is 5/3/1 deadlift, but I think I'll be changing this to 5 sets of heavy triples after my warm up. Followed by shrugs.
Thursday 5/3/1 Mil Press, Close grip bench, Weighted chin ups. Cuban press and weighted dips.
Friday: Changed my squat day into 5/3/1 squat then 10 sets of triples for volume, then 4 sets of 8 front squats.
Other days are core/cardio work.
Anything I'm doing thats could be improved, please be free to give advice. Appreciate it all