Hello, first of all, I have read the book and tried to adjust my diet as close as possible to the dietary guidelines. Unfortunately, I live in a dorm on an university campus so I do not have immediate access to high-quality food. I have skipped the basic cycles for intermediate cycles (A and B days) because I already have the muscle mass and strength from my football days. I'm currently on the second week of my first cycle. Yes, I already have noticed results. My body appears to be more defined and have lost two pounds in the first week. Also, since I am cutting, I run as an exercise on off-days. I usually burn about 250-300 calories running at least a 5k within 30 minutes. I weigh 195 pounds and 5'10" tall, so I believe my BMR is between 2145 to 2800 calories for maintaining weight. In order to lose consistently weight, I believe I must limit my calorie count to between 1545-2200 calories. I just want your feedback on my daily diet, keeping in mind that I am trying to lose weight via cutting and live in a dorm with no immediate access to high-quality food. Everyday, I consume: -4 scoops of Muscle Milk, 620 calories -1 scoop of creatine, 150 calories -a bowl of Total Raisin Bran cereal (breakfast) 200 calories -3 apples 195 calories -2 roast beef sandwiches* (lunch and dinner) 720 calories Total: 1885 calories My beverages are either a protein shake or water. I drink creatine during lifting. *Roast beef sandwich consists of 2 slices of roast beef, choice of cheese, and 2 white bread slices. I get 128 grams of protein from 4 scoops of muscle milk alone. So how does my cutting diet sound? I also have a second question, I'm concerned about the cost of protein. I literally consume the whole container of protein powder once each week, and they cost $21 each. I'm looking to lower the cost so it would be nice to have suggestions -or- I wonder if it is okay to reduce the 4 scoops I consume each day to 2 scoops each day (total of 64 grams of protein minimum each day and reduces my calorie consumption to 1,575 calories each day.) I know reducing the protein is taboo, but I am not as concerned about gaining muscle mass as I am concerned about losing weight. I'd like to have a well-defined appearance though, akin to having a sculpted look, not having massive muscles. Thoughts? So in the end, my questions were: How does my cutting diet look? And, is it okay to reduce the protein amount in attempt to save money?