Hey everyone, I have been lifting the past years but very inconsistently. 2-3 months on, 3-4 months off. I have worked on my general conditioning just to lose weight and keep a basic level of performance. Now I have been pretty serious about my work outs. I am training many times per week working on different aspects - soccer (I play amateur soccer), boxing (I want to learn to fight for self defence purposes mainly) and Strength and some hypertrophy. I have been losing weight the past months I went from 94kg to 85 in the past 3 months. I have been very serious about my lifts the past month and a half. About my boxing and my soccer performance. I am counting calories and etc. However I am quite un educated and I am receiving mixed reviews and advises. 1. Advice number 1. I should stop the cut for 2-3 months and work on hypertrophy. According to a top coach in Sofia. He advised I have been cutting weight for too long and my metabolism is going to slow down. He also strongly believes that winter one should work for strength, spring and autumn for hypertrophy and summer for conditioning. So he told me - March to start adding food and work on hypertrophy if muscle gain is one of my goals until May or June. Then I start cutting again. And yes looking sexy is one of my goals. 2. Advice number 2. I should eat way more protein. I am eating about 100-150g per advice from myfitnesspal. Actually the app tells me to eat 95g of protein. But a friend of mine tells me I am losing way too much muscle. I am not sure how it works, but my back, legs, and chest are bigger now than ever, even if I am cutting like a mad man. However my friend tells me I should have even a better muscle definition (whatever that means). 3. I should cut less. I have set it up to lose 0.5 kg per week. And my calorie intake is 1700 per day. I am told this is way too much for me. However I really do not feel hungry and since I increased the intake of cottage cheese I feel full as phuck. I am also working at least 7 times per week - 3x Strength, 2x boxing and the rest is either soccer practice games, or running. So I eating almost every day over 2000 calories, on soccer day over 2500. And now the questions: 1. How do I gain strength while cutting. I lift very light still and I have improved slightly on my strength gains, however, man, I can barelly bench 60kg for 3 reps. 2. Is my protein intake and calorie intake good enough? 3. Should I stop cutting for 2-3 months? I am fat. 173-175 cm tall, and 85-86kg.... that is about 20%+ fat. I was targeting 78kg and about 15-16% fats before going for hypertrophy. 4. How do newbie gains work? I think I am getting some undeserved muscle, while my friends think I should be looking even better from a muscle gain perspective.