Hi. I would like to know what are the opinions on the length of time to prep and lean out for a bikini/figure Show. I understand that it depends on the individual - metabolism, dieting history, how lean the person is etc. But I've heard of some natural competitors male and females alike who prepped for 5-10months on end. The reasoning being to cut slow so as to keep as much muscle as possible instead of a more drastic cut when going into a shorter time frame for prep (say 8-16 weeks). Erik, what are your thoughts about this if you don't mind chiming in ? Thanks.