I’ve always said that no one knows how ready they are until they truly swallow their pride and diet down to seriously lean levels. Over the years there have been plenty of guys (even on this very site! -lol) who loved being the “big guy” but while predicting how great they’d do onstage, never had the balls to suck it up and find out.
When I did my first real cut, I figured I’d be onstage at 190 lbs because I was pretty solid at 215… How wrong I was -lol
It’s humbling in some ways, but empowering and enlightening in others.
Like Brick said, it’s a trip that will take several months (if done correctly), but it will change your perspective like you would never believe.
From that one pic, I’d say that you’ve got enough muscle. In terms of overall balance and symmetry,… well, things look very different at 200 lbs than 273 lbs.