I have been on Starting Strength(the Practical Programming version so no power cleans) for the past 5 months and I am extremely satisfied with the progress I've made. It isn't super-freaky amazing but I've never had anything resembling strength before in my life and I feel awesome with my gains.
That having been said, I know I still have a lot of room to improve with linear progression if I kept going with the program but I want to take some time and lose some weight since I've gone from 175->200#. And when I say weight, I really mean fat of course. For reference here are my current lifts:
Squat 250# 3x5
Press 115# 3x5
Bench 145# 3x5
Deadlift 315# 1x5
As you can see, I'm still pretty "weak" over all and definitely still a beginner. However, Starting Strength at this point still requires a pretty big calorie surplus to maintain gains at this rate and I would feel more comfortable cutting down to 180# or so before upping my calories.
I don't think I'll lose a significant amount of strength doing this since I'm sure a lot of the excess weight is fat anyways. I'me probably around 20-25% bf now, and even when I was 175# I wasn't less than 18%. I'm sure if I cut sensibly now I can get lower since I have very obviously added muscle mass.
All that crazy ass intro to say I'm looking at two programs right now for my cut: Greyskull LP or 5/3/1. They both still allow me to gain strength if possible, and they both incorporate an AMRAP set which I like. I think given my low strength levels, I can make some progress even when on a low level cut(aiming for .5-1lb a week loss).
One additional criteria I'm considering is I would like to get a bit of hypertrophy-inducing training. This is making me think that 5/3/1 with it's larger(relatively) amount of volume and assistance exercises is my preferred choice. I know I won't make much if any strength progress with just 2-3 cycles of 5/3/1 but that's ok if it can help me maintain my strength during the cut.
Sorry for the huge post for a stupidly simple question, but I have a bad tendency to overexplain things. Does this all sound reasonable or is there something better I should look into?
Also, once I'm satisfied with my weight, I'm going to go back to a program with linear progression and keep my calorie surplus to only a couple of hundred calories and use light cardio to regulate my BF%.