This is an old thread, but it's about what I'm heavily into right now.
Between Septenber 13, 2009 and December 8th I was on a deep weight loss cut which was successful. I lost about 58 pounds in 85 days on a low-cal keto diet. I went from 286 pounds to 227 and my BF decreased about 9% too.
But this is a continuing journey from 4 1/2 years ago at age 56 when I was hospitilized with a nasty infection and weighed in at 356 pounds on the hospital scale. I am now 61 years old and heavily into weight training and I also like aerobics. I weight train 4-6 days per week, and did so even during my cut. I go through cycles sometimes where my training is very intense for 5-6 weeks and my strength shoots way up to peak levels at the end. This is hard on the central nervous system so I usually have to call it quits after 6 weeks at the most as a restless tension begins to inhabit my whole body hours after the workout -- it becomes time to backoff.
These intense cycles get me very, very strong for someone my age, and I love it. I don't try to gain size or large muscle mass at this point although some of it is inevitable. I often work to avoid size gain, especially in arm size and etc. I can usually lift more weight than the guys with arms 2 or even as much as 4 inchs larger than mine.
I'm a believer in good supplements (the healthy ones), and, although they can't out perform drugs, the best are excellent these days. Many are a waste of money too, it takes experimentation and finding people that know what they are talking about to progress.
I started back on somewhat harder workouts a day or to after my cut ended, with intention of going to another high intensity cycle before mid-January. I''ve also stayed low carb even after my deep cut ended. Obviously, hard work and diet are the most essential elements to any kind of workout progress, but there are supplements, preventive measures and outright tricks to allow one to exercise harder, recover faster, and keep injuries at bay. I hope to be able to keep my intense cycle going for at least 12 weeks this time. I believe I can do that, and achieve remarkable results. Should be a blast trying anyway.