I'm a natural mesomorph (the fat one that puts on muscle easy). I've always been skinnyfat or just plain fat. About two years ago I had lost enough of the fat that I was ready to do a bulk even though I wasn't remotely as lean as I wanted to be. Fast forward a little while or so later and here I am trying to cut again. I'm 6'4" 230 lbs . 6 months ago I was 250 lbs, but got injured and had to lay off deads/squats till recently. So now I'm trying to do a cut right instead of just eating "better" overall. It seems like all calorie calcs put me up in the 3500 range for just maintanance(sp?) calories. But for the last few weeks I've been putting on strength "cutting" at 2500. I've tried to drop it to 2000 recently, but I'm still making strength gains on shit like bench. The only thing that has stagnated is my overhead press which has sat at 135 for over a month. Other than that I lift 3or4 times a week and have been cardioing (both HIIT and regular) on the off days. Plus my campus is pretty large and I probably get a good 40 minutes of brisk walking in everyday just around campus. But this seems screwed up right? at 6'4" 230lbs, I shouldn't be making strength gains at 2k cals right? My dad is overweight and my half-brother is skinny but not remotely cut. My girlfriend says that my muscles have been more defined, but the scale says I haven't lost any weight. I've been 230 for a while now. Is this just my mesomorph genetics kicking in, or there something I'm missing? What should I do? Keep dropping cals? 2k feels SO low.