I can appreciate what you are saying. The low carb thing was suggested as a shortcut to drop the fat and it definitely is working out great. I do miss the carbs. And I have a vacation I'm taking next weekend so I'll be back to eating for a week. The caloric deficit is what I plan to do after cutting a bit more. Its the only way to maintain after low carb. While I may have alot to learn, this is working. I do 5 low carb days below 30 grams and weekends are a free for all. But I try to behave moderately at least. I also agree I'd have more energy if I had more carbs. What would you change if you where in my spot? I probably have a bit less fat that your pre cycle pic. And my stomach feels rock hard underneath my fat. And trust me. I've had way more fat. Before my Pre first cycle I was a fat man in the making at 220lb. I was soft all over. And in my opinion everything came together at exactly the right time in life. I'm 203lb now and my body is completely built differently.