OK. Let's talk protocols of training. I didn't want to get into a long drawn out debate, because your advice will work, probably just fine, especially if Maniac is a beginner. However, I don't think it's optimal. The exercise physiologists have been studying different protocols for years now. (Berger, Stone, Kraemer and Fleck-who were associated with the USOC, and others). What the y found when comparing different protocols, was that a work to rest ratio of 1.5 or 1.1, performed with around 70% 1RM produced a higher elevated gh output, resulting in some lean mass production along with decreased bodyfat. These exercises were basic compound moves for the most part. This translates ROUGHLY to 45-70 seconds work (think 8-12 reps with a controlled cadence) with around 45 - 60 second rest breaks. Now, I'll give you that increased mass requires an upped metabolism, whereasfat does not require anything, the amount you increase overall mass is rather small, in comparison to what you can do by increasing hormone output.
Now, let's look at periodized programs. Most serious coaches these days, using the above information, use a Prep, or Adaptation block when starting athletes out, for a twofold purpose. 1. They want to lean out the athlete, and 2, build up his/her work capacity.They do this first, then go on to hyertrophy, power, strength, endurance or anthing else as necessary. Some systems, such as Crossfit, stress all of this NOT separately, but in combination.
All that being said, a proper diet is amust, and just use the proper tool for the proper job.