I've been training on and off for the past two years, but only consistently for the past 9 months and currently I'm 185lbs (6'2"). However I wasn't following a specific program and I was only using a pair of adjustable dumbbells and a pull-up bar.
I have now been doing Stronglifts 5x5 for 4 weeks while eating 1800-2200 calories, depending if its a workout day or not. I am also doing intermittent fasting, and cycle my carbs by having low carbs on off-days and high carbs on workout days. I eat 1-1.5g protein per pound of body weight. I normally have a cheat day on the weekend where I have around 4000 calories.
This is how I looked right before I started Stronglifts:
I know most people would recommend a bulk for me especially on Stronglifts 5x5, but my priority is to rid myself of as much fat as possible while hopefully maintaining muscle or even building a little (since I am new to many of exercises in Stronglifts). I estimate my bodyfat at 15-16% and would like to get down to 10% before I clean bulk.
My current lifts on Stronglifts are:
Squat: 175lb 5x5
Bench: 135lb 5x5
Deadlift: 190lb 1x5
Rows: 105lb 5x5
Overhead press (seated): 85lb 5x5
The only exercise that is giving me difficulty at this point are squats. I have failed to complete 5 reps in the 5th set for the last couple of workouts, but I continued to add weight since I can complete 4 sets no problem. I'm thinking that my difficulty with squats is not strength-related, but more so due to decreased stamina caused by my caloric deficit. Should I only do 3x5 for squats in this case since I am cutting?
Any other feedback or advice cutting while doing Stronglifts? Anybody have any experience with this?