I edited my last post and added some more stuff.
I don't want to push you into some method that requires way too much effort. Simply focus on hitting those macros every day. Not harder than that. Eat stuff you like. Feel free to squeeze in some treats every now and then as long as you don't go well over your macros, like GN said.
Starting this high with only a 300 deficit a day, you'll have lots of room for reductions later on. I also did more frequent walking (not intense cardio) at the end rather than reducing calories.
1800 a day is waaaaay too low on a workout day Mark. Thats a good way to fuck up your metabolism. You prob won't need to go under 2500 on workout days and 2000 on rest days, if you're patient and don't reduce calories as soon as you start fearing you've stalled. Increase acitivity first when you stall (unless you're already very active) and then reduce calories slowly in the increments I've written.
You're not pushing me, the reason I like this method is because it is so clear cut and structured, and it makes a lot of sense.
I'm just like you in the sense that all of this nutrition stuff interests me, and to be honest I kind of regret not educating myself earlier. Probably would not have done such a dirty bulk in the first place, if I knew more about nutrition and the like.
I've been doing a lot of reading on my own, aside from your very well written and thought out posts, and I think kind of protocol just makes the most sense.
With that being said, I agree in ending it here, and moving conversation to PM if anything, thanks for that. No need to shit up the thread more than necessary.