I've decided to bite the bullet and cut. I have about 10 lbs of flab so I expect it to take me about 7 weeks. I won't cut for longer than this even if I haven't lost it all by then.
I have 2 questions, i have heard many people say that you have to reduce your calories gradually, by 100 cals a day for the 1st week, then 200 the next week and so on down to around 500 (though this can vary depending on your maintenance level) Why is this necessary? What happens if you drop the full 500 straight away, is this bad for your muscle gains?
Secondly, are any of you guys able to add more load while cutting? I usually work in the 8-10 rep range, but for cutting I will do a 5x5 range. Will it be better while cutting if I stick to the same load during cutting as I imagine that gaining strength while cutting is unusual.