Another great post from the lion’s den! Just want to add my two cents. Beyond all the high rep versus low rep, cardio versus no cardio debates, there is one thing that is completely ignored. In fact, I think it is probably the deciding factor in training and eating while cutting (and, actually, while bulking as well). What is this factor? Mindset. We have learned the importance that nothing is out of bounds in the quest to gain mass. We run the rack, do heavy negatives, drop sets, etc., etc., etc. Why are these things effective? Because we believe them to be. The same goes for diet. A perfect example is the assertion made by Chris Shugart and John Berardi in the Growth Surge Project. They encouraged everyone facing the Mag-10 dilemma of “How can I possibly eat so much without getting fat?” to simply think of the food as fuel for intense workouts. Furthermore, we read about other peoples’ progress on Mag-10 and learned about just how potent it was. This, albeit unintentionally, was a perfect example of the placebo effect. Rest assured that I’m not saying Mag-10 isn’t incredible. However, I firmly believe that positive thinking and appropriate perception of training and diet practices are just as influential as the Mag-10 itself! Personally, I feel that if we eat something while thinking, “This is going directly to my love handles,” it very well could do just that. To relate this all back to cutting, why should we all of a sudden be petrified of catabolism when, in fact, worrying about all this stuff releases enough cortisol to be catabolic in itself! Why not just train hard and let the chips fall where they may? Whether you use high reps or low reps, focus on intensity above all else. Offer a comparable stimulus to your muscles in terms of intensity while cutting to what you offer them during bulking. Personally, I feel this is best accomplished by simply setting up an appropriate periodization schedule and plan your training out months in advance. Then, when the pants start to fit a little tighter, tighten the reins on your diet, but continue within your periodization framework, which, naturally, incorporates the variety necessary to give a muscle a reason to hypertrophy or prevent atrophy. And, regardless, keep a positive mindset about whatever it is you are doing. Think about your goals, and tell yourself that you’re doing the right thing to reach them rather than second guessing each decision you make and losing sleep over if that 1/8" you lost in your quads was due to glycogen depletion, fat loss, or catabolism. Know that people have lost fat on all combinations of high rep, low rep, moderate carb, and low carb plans. As I think I remember you saying, “Rants turn into ramblings.” On that note, I’ll shut up and go back to watching my Tony Robbins tapes and telling myself that I’m a good person!