So previously I was at a slight deficit, but since I'm 5'11" 169lbs... it was brought to my attention that I probably don't really need to lose weight. That said, I'm probably around 20% BF, mostly in the gut, so my plan is to eat such that I can burn that fat while either maintaining or slightly increasing muscle mass.
Long story short, I'm planning to eat clean at a calorically neutral amount... cycling between 2200 and 2500 kcal per day.
Given it's not a deficit or a surplus... are cheat days/meals still warranted or keep away? The goal would be to still keep my metabolism "off balance".