I'm currently cutting... I'd say the beginning is the hardest part because you're still learning what food choices fit in, etc.... the planning is the most difficult for me.
If the goal is to learn about your body... it may work, but if it is to lose fat while learning about your body, it may be mixed. That being said, as long as you're calories are at a [reasonable] deficit, you're getting your protein, and being consistent, what's the worst that could happen?
BTW, you also missed intermittent fasting. I tried this a couple months back and learned a lot (with some OK results), but it did take my body about 6 weeks to "recover" from 2-3 months of it. You'll need to give you body/metabolism time to recover from each, I think.. so I'd think 2 weeks on special diet, 2 weeks plain maintenance.
For the record, I'm down about 10 lbs in a month, and the thing I've learned the most from this cut is being able to estimate my intake needs by calorie and macro counting.