Alright so my goal this past year was to get to 230 pounds. I am almost there; I have about eight pounds to go and am looking incredibly different. I decided I am going to start cutting down my body fat when the new year kicks in.
Learning how to really eat big to grow took me over two years because I was constantly blasted with an overload of conflicting information. It wasn't until reading these forums and got away from all the articles that I finally figured out how fucking simple it really is.
SO I got the growth part down. My problem is, I still feel like a newbie when it comes to cutting. I have been reading a bunch of stuff, but I feel there is a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes to losing weight as well.
The last time I cut, I got pretty lean, but I felt I could have done a better job as far as muscle maintenance and not being so "stringy". I went the low-carb route... maybe too much so.
Anyway, does anybody have any information about any of the professional bodybuilders' diets when it comes time to lose the fat? I obviously know that a caloric deficit will lead to fat loss, but I want to know details. Low-carb, low-fat, splitting carbs and fats meals, cutting out dairy products, etc. I have read all the theories and am quite frankly overwhelmed. What is optimal (how do the pros do it)?
I would also like personal stories from any guys reading this who feel they have successfully cut weight (but not the 160 pound guys; I want to hear from people who have been at least 200 lean pounds).