If you're feeling a complete lack of energy when you're doing your legs, you should consider eating a LOT more carbs pre- and post-workout. You need to make sure your glycogen stores are in check (glycogen is stored in your muscles and liver and are your muscles' primary source of energy).
Also, you need to separate your strength training days and your cardio days. If you want to do cardio, that's great, but do legs one day and cardio the next on a day when you're not doing strength training. It's okay to warm up or cool down for 5 minutes on the treadmill, but never do a straight up cardio routine before or after your strength training. You don't want to deplete your energy beforehand and your glycogen stores will be kaput afterwards which will only serve to cannibalize your muscle while you're running on the treadmill... not a good thing.
You're on a caloric deficit right now and you need to conserve as much energy as possible when you're working out. Don't go crazy, keep it simple. You don't need to increase your calories, you're on a deficit for a reason. You just need to rearrange your diet so that most of your carbs for the day come right before and right after your workouts. After that, your remaining carbs should be complex carbs.
Also, if you're feeling completely burnt out no matter what you're trying to do... take a week off... then when you come back, drop the weight down 10-20 pounds and start your way back up again. You're not really trying to "build muscle" when you're dieting. You're trying to preserve your existing muscle while cutting the fat. Keeping your protein intake relatively high and lifting weights helps to preserve lean body mass and "lean you out". You're not breaking strength records here, just trying to lean out and stay healthy.
Can you list your entire routine for the week here? Exercises, sets/reps, duration, etc...
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