My last cutting cycle was 2 months long and I was pleased with the amount of fat I lost but unhappy with loosing as much muscle as I did. I know muscle loss is common with dieting, but minimizing it would great. It seems that when I do a cutting cycle I loose almost what I gained in one bulking cycle. For example, on average I gain around 1/2'' to my arms while on a high calorie diet, then when I decided to focus on shedding the fat for a different cycle a loose somewhere almost a 1/2''. So, the last bulking cycle I spent gaining it all back and a little more which is good, but does anyone experience the same thing? I also start the dieting somewhat slowly by increasing cardio, and reducing calories gradually. Any suggestions that might help out or is this a common?