I've been bulking for the past 15 weeks and have seen consistent gains (+45 bench, +70 squat, +70 deadlift). I plan to continue bulking for another 3 weeks, but I don't have the clothes or willpower to continue beyond that. I wasn't particularly lean when I started bulking (13-15% body fat) and I've put on a bit more fat than necessary over the past ~4 months. I'm now around 18-20% body fat and weigh 237 lbs. at 6'-0".
My cutting goal is 10-12% body fat. I estimate that I will need to end up in the 205-210 range which is roughly 30 lbs. of weight loss.
I know that I need to stay in a maintenance phase before I begin cutting. I was thinking about maintaining my weight for 4 weeks and then dropping Calories by 100-200 each week thereafter to prevent a sudden metabolism stall. Is this approach adequate?
I plan to limit weight loss to 1-2lbs per week and keep my meals small and frequent. I've had horrible workouts on low carb diets. What kind of macro breakdown do you practice while cutting?
On compound exercises, I train more for strength and do low reps (1-4). I also do higher rep isolation exercises for physique purposes. Should I keep rep ranges the same and just try to maintain my lifts?
What's your opinion on cardio? Should I add HIIT on days that I don't weight train? Is there anything particularly well-suited for those of us more concerned about muscle mass and strength?
Which supplements are staples for cutting? I plan to sip BCAAs throughout the day. Should I add glutamine to this? Anything else?
Are there any fat burners that are truly effective?
Thanks for your help. Any random advice will be appreciated, as well.