This is encouraging, however, I also intend on competing in my first ever Strongman competition come spring and really don't want to sacrifice much (any) strength if I can help it. The local competitions that I will likely be taking part in are not sanctioned and therefore do not have weight classes. That being said, I wouldn't mind walking into a local comp shredded and placing middle of the pack if possible
I did find a V-Diet 3.0 Program that does look interesting. It does incorporate the "big lifts" which should hopefully at least maintain strength. Let's say I'm currently 'on the fence' whether to compete or not.
I planned to start the cut with a 5/2 diet (with all whole foods - limiting sugar and processed foods) then slowly reduce carbs/increase cardio throughout the cut as fat loss stalled. It's a relatively simple approach, but the 5/2 diet has worked in the past and I usually do not have a difficult time losing fat (at least the first 10lbs).