I think fat loss is very specific to the individual. What works for others might not necessarily work for you. I know for myself when I am intentionally trying to drop some body fat, I have to be really on point with my diet. I do track my calories but I know some people here do not agree with counting. I always end up eating a lot more than I think when I don't track as well as I find myself eating a lot more carbs and very little fat.
What has worked for me when busting a plateau is definitely keeping a closer eye on my diet. I also add 2 sprint sessions in a week along with 2 weight lifting. Calorie cycling has worked for me as well in the past but rarely need to do it when I switched to paleo. The fat just comes off just easier for me now mind you my metabolism is probably a lot different than you.