I believe its essential in an off season to get your carbs up as high as possible if you consider doing a cut at some point!! Yes I got a little out of shape in winter but it allowed me to get carbs to 600g daily. After 5 weeks dropping carbs to just under 500, I was able to drop body fat easily. So while it cost me a couple Kg’s, I did gain an extra 300g carbs. I’m now 24 weeks from comp and we plan on leaning consistently from now till then all on very high calories!! I’m working with guru Joey Zighini from Natural Physique Science,extremely intelligent team of professionals.