I know there have been a lot of threads similar to this one, but it seems that individual goals and stats have an effect on the advice given, so here is my situation.
I've been doing fairly serious weightlifting for about 4 months now. Before I had done occasional lifting with machines, but once I started using free weights and eating more protein and calories, I realized what I was doing before really wasn't doing much. I am 21 years old, 6'5" and 180lbs. Before I started lifting seriously, I was about 160lbs.
I am currently doing a 4 day workout plan that has chest/shoulders/tris on mon/thurs and bis/back on tues/fri with leg exercises mixed in on all days. No exercise is done on more than one day per week.
I don't keep a strict diet, but I do focus on taking in lots of protein (I drink around 2 protein shakes per day and drink about 2 gallons of milk per week). I usually eat cereal for breakfast, a large sandwich for lunch, a small sandwich for a second lunch, and a supper which includes some sort of meat (hotdogs, burgers, or chicken). I also drink lots and lots of water.
All of the weight I put on since working out is not all muscle. I really didn't care about putting on a little fat as long as I was gaining some muscle, but now that I have put on a little bit of muscle, a lot of it (especially on the front torso) is covered by small patches of fat. I would like to remove this fat so that the muscle can be seen.
The catch is that I don't want to lose any strength while doing this. I had taken a month off when I went on a trip at the beginning of Summer, and it took me over a month to get my bench press back where it was before. Ideally, I'd like to come up with a plan that combines weightlifting and cardio (I already run half a mile 4 days a week to warm up for weightlifting). I don't have time, though, to just add on lots of cardio to my current weightlifting plan. My idea was to keep doing one core exercie for each muscle group (bench press, squats, dumbell curls...) for 2 or 3 days a week and then do cardio on those days as well as other days which would be soley devoted to cardio. This cardio would include jogging, swimming, possibly row machines and other machines like that. I would also include things like pushups and situps.
The diet for this new plan would include much healthier eating (lots of fruit and vegetables), fewer calories, and trying to eliminate food after around 8pm. After I gained the desired six pack and was satisfied with my appearance, I would continue back with my regular weightlifting with more cardio and attention to diet than before.
I was hoping for some critique on my plan and possibly some advice on better ways to go about reaching my goals. Thanks.