Here is client IFBB Physique Pro Kendel Dolen who came to me in a condition I want most my clients in during the off season. Now I have her eating 3000 calories, over 350g carbs and 70g fat, at 160 lbs.

Take care of your metabolic rate and build your metabolic capacity as high as possible with proper training & nutrition overtime so when you start prep you won't be going to extremes to reach stage condition. Feed the body! Don't be afraid of fuel because your body will reap the benefits long term.