IIFYM - If it fits your macros also known as flexible dieting. You may have heard this term floating around lately. Let me first start off and say that IIFYM is not a diet but more of a nutritional strategy. With any nutritional program, there are always pros and cons to it. Breaking down IIFYM, you have your macro-nutrients for the day that you need to eat from protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Each has a specific number that is represented for how many grams of food to eat for that day. The concept is that you have the choice to fill those macros with ANY foods you want. As long as your totals are hit at the end of the night, you are good !
Sounds simple right? Well in hindsight it is, however the social media presences got it some attention that now people are becoming confused with IIFYM and YOLO ( you only live once). I want to talk about some misconceptions that I hear on a daily basis about IIFYM.
-It fits, all the junk food fits so I am doing it right. Well yes you might be correct but no that is not how this works. Many people on social media are posting the "food porn" pics of all the junk they ate. WHY ? It's entertaining. You are what you eat, so don't be fast, easy or cheap !!! You should make up the bulk of your diet with "bro" foods like chicken, turkey, eggs, oats, sweet potatoes, rice and healthy fats. The goal is to stop thinking of foods as “clean” or “dirty,” but see them for their macronutrient composition.
-Do do you know why "flexible" dieting doesn't work for some people? Because they just don't want to put the effort in. Eating of a strict meal plan sounds great but what happens when you don't have a meal plan? Or what if you are just sick and tired of chicken and rice? Eventually, you are going to go off the deep end. You are human and were not meant to eat the same things every single day.
-Is flexible dieting sustainable for a lifetime? Yes. The reason is because you get to have variety. Who wants to eat the same foods day in and day out? I sure don't. If you only eat the same foods every day you are restricting yourself to a specific range of micronutrients. Eating whatever foods you want just to hit your macros without any consideration for fiber or micronutrient intake is not healthy, but that is not what flexible dieting is about.
Learning to provide your body with nutritious foods that help provide nutrients to you body is important ! If you want to learn more about flexible dieting please let me know and I would be happy to help!