If i converted your stats correctly, your 6’1" and 174lbs.
I think most people would agree that you probably shouldn’t be cutting.
Im in a similar situation; im 5’10" and 190lbs, and I probably shouldn’t be cutting either.
But that doesn’t mean you and I have to give up on our dreams of looking good nekid.
When i started my transformation, I started by doing as much research as possible.
Go to the authors section, and look through every article by John Berardi. Theres some very important stuff in there.
What its gonna come down to for diet for people like us, is increasing calories, while carb cycling. You basically want to add as much muscle while minimizing fat gain, or even losing a little.
Even with the increased calories you probably wont add much weight, but if you can at least maintain your weight while losing fat that will be good.
As for training, there are a ton of options. You just gotta find what works for you. If youve been doing 5x5, then 10x3 might be a good choice. Im liking “real fast fat loss” its fun and is working a lot of areas I have weaknesses in.
Hope all of this helps… Ask any more questions you have.
Im currently in week 3 of my program, and my weight hasn’t changed, but I have definately lost some fat, so I must have gained some muscle as well.