What I have seen, are the guys who stay closer to their stage weight in the offseason seem to have to go to less extremes. Takes more discipline, but less shock and extremes on the body (and a lot less drugs required in the dieting portion). Again, I understand top level bb'ing is a different world. Only know a few guys at that level, and one pro. They all stay lean year round. I do realize that others do the old massive bulk/cut still. (think Lee Priest style). While it is cool to see guys at that level, I dont think that lifestyle is for me personally. (no judgement on what they do for them).