I always cringe when I see a thread that has the phrase, "I wanna get cut" in it. But that is the nature of the beast I suppose.
I think alot of people (particularily newbies) tend to over-complicate things to the point where they do more harm than good when it comes to their training and nutrition. Worrying about minutia like getting down to a specific body fat % when one isn't even competing or what type of training routine to follow is just going to mess with your head more than anything.
Keep it simple.
- Clean up your diet. Personally, I feel that diet is the key to getting lean and not necessarily your training. Usually once the diet is dialed in, everything else falls into place.
What does this entail?
Your priority should be making certain that you are getting enough protein. 1.0-1.25 grams per lb of BW is sufficient.
Also, a HUGE mistake that I see many people make is not getting in enough EFA's. Numerous studies have shown that increases EFA's in the diet lead to improved insulin sensitivity and an improved metabolic rate.
Carbs of course should be kept to the times when you "will use them and not wear them".....PWO time being optimal.
Again, clean it up and you will be surprised as to how your body will respond.
As for training, I would stick to heavy, low-rep training emphasizing compound lifts. What builds muscle, maintains muscle: this should be your mantra. It takes more muscle to complete a set of 5 reps than it does 20. And when dieting, your body will only keep what muscle it needs. So if you're consistently performing high rep sets thinking that that is what is most efficient at burning fat (or building more muscle), you're going to be pretty disappointed. The focus when dieting should be shedding fat, NOT building muscle.
Just some food for thought.