Me before I started cutting.
Here are 2 photos of me. 1 is before I started my bodybuilding diet and the other is at the end of my cut. I was well pleased with the results and it was not a miserable process. It doesn't have to be miserable for you either.
This is me post cut. Excuse the not so great ligthing
Most people when they hear the word cutting it means a temporary thing. I wrestled through out high school and cutting was such a terrible word to hear. There was such a negative feeling about it.
I don't want that to be the case for you. A bodybuilding diet should be a happier thing than something you dread. It doesn't mean you have to starve yourself nor does it mean you have to do an hour of cardio in the morning and an hour at night.
It should be more simple than that. The truth is it is. You need to eat less calories than you burn through out the day. That's as simple as it is. Now that's easier said than done.
Lucky for you there are a few tricks that you can do in order to cut the calories out of your diet.
Now this does not mean you have to cut them out completely. If you did this you would always be tired and hungry. Just do a little bit of portion control when it comes to the amount of carbs you are eating. It's inevitable in every bodybuilding diet that you are going to have to cut some carbs.
Also when you do eat carbs that you make sure they are complex carbs such as carbs that are found in brown rice or wheat bread.
Another option is to eat more vegetables instead of carbs such as rice or pasta. So just replace what carbs you would have eaten with some tasty vegetables and you're good to go.
The truth is you are going to be a little bit hungrier all the time when you are cutting. As well you will be a little more tired. it's one of the down sides of cutting.
No more fried food and fatty junk food. These options are not widely excepted in a bodybuilding diet. You need to completely cut these out of your diet when you are cutting. They will slow down your progress dramatically.
With that said you're still going to want indulge every once in a while. Which is fine. Just make sure that you are eating healthier options rather than that 4x4, fries and a chocolate shake from In n Out. There are plenty of options for healthier cheat meals out there.
The best way is to incorporate more cardio into your workout. I know this doesn't really have anything to do with your diet but it has to do with cutting so I'm going to include it!
Instead of decreasing your calorie intake your increasing your calories burned. I'm assuming most guys don't do any cardio they just lift weights. Which is fine but if you wanna lose some fat you're going to have to do some cardio. The best would be HIIT cardio.
Very quickly you will start to lean out. If you combine this with a good diet than you will see results very quickly and be very happy with the results!