I'm not surprised at all. When I was eating more consistently all day (zero fasting) and training more intensely I had a ritual snack every single day of a fat and a fruit, usually almonds + apple or almond butter + apple. I also believe the apples were good for my gums. In addition to that when my wife and i were our leanest we always kept stock on the dark chocolate (90% for me) and we'd break off a square at night as dessert, which seemed like plenty back then.Lastly, I believe the apple in the morning and additional fruit sugar and overall kcal is really helping controlling cravings for garbage.
I'll probably be a little contrarian here and the other guys are going to be more knowledgeable on some of the sciences so without straight out disagreeing with anyone I'm not sure I'd be super stressed out about "can't make gains on a cut" in your scenario. Your calories IMO aren't low, your sessions aren't excessively long, and you're not hammering out a bunch of additional cardio. Seems to me like you could still see improvements across the board while on this journey.Edit: I'll rephrase that weird question...should I be worried about addressing imbalances and weak points during a cut since gains really can't be made during a cut?
right on!!And broke the 220 barrier!