Cliff notes: Start of September I'm between 190lbs and 200lbs @ 5'11", though I don't have exact numbers. Decide to try to lose some fat. 2 months of gaining fat, not strength or muscle mass, at 2200 calories/day on a 5x5 bill starr routine. then... 2 months of gaining fat, not strength or muscle mass, at 2000 calories/day on a 5x5 bill starr routine. then... 2 months of gaining fat, not strength or muscle mass, at 1700 calories/day on a 5x5 bill star routine. Now: I'm 225lbs. ~160 grams of protein a day, 100 grams of carbs, 90 grams of fat for the last two months. Ratios are pretty much the same over the last 6 months with bigger numbers for periods when I'm eating more. Sometimes I miss the 3rd day of the 5x5 because my campus gym will be closed for the weekend and I can't work out. I had to buy new jeans and now i'm struggling to fit into them. What the f? Long story, only read on if you give a shit: September/October I got serious about fat loss again: I'd done the fat-> skinny before, then got fat while bulking (but added like 250lbs to my big 3 total), then got more fat after surgery. I figured with my increased muscle mass and more intense lifting program (sticking with the modified Bill Starr 5x5), ~2200 cals/day would be a good starting point versus the 2000 cals/day from before. Tracked all that shit on Fitday, left weekends open but didn't go crazy. Much like I did when I lost a lot of weight before. During the week I'm eating even cleaner than before. I'm tracking my diet more closely. The 5x5 is a lot more intense than my more bodybuilder-ish routine I lost weight on before. I'm throwing in cardio if I have time before the gym closes. I'm also walking 1-2 miles a day on campus. After two months I continued to get fatter. I had to buy new jeans, and decided to drop to 2000 cals/day; it worked for me before, maybe 2000 is the magic number even with my increased activity. Everything else is the same. After another 2 months, I've put on more fat. It's winter break time, so I decide to use my extra time to focus and push for even lower calories: 1700/day. Still sticking with an absolute minimum of 150 grams of protein a day, generally getting 180+ on workout days. Initially I dropped a few pounds on the scale, but leveled off and came right back up. Another 2 months and I'm sitting at 225lbs. My before/after pics make it look like I've been eating deep-fried twinkies and binge drinking 4 nights a week for the entire school year. I've got a ton of neck fat and my gut hangs over my belt when I'm sitting in class. Calorie restriction, what I did two years ago to lose weight, isn't working. What the fuck do I do now? Keto? PSMF? Add in an hour of cardio 5 days a week?