Friday, July 21, 2017

Flexible Dieting 101

Flexible dieting / IIFYM ( if it fits your macros) or Meal Plans. Which one is right for you ?
First off lets talk about each of these a bit. When you are choosing a "diet" or form of eating, you should find one that works for you and your lifestyle. If you can't maintain it for a lifetime then it's not going to be a sustainable diet for you.
What is IIFYM?
You have a required number of protein, carbs and fats to hit during the day. This means that you can have whatever foods you want to eat as long as it fits into your macros for the day. The theory of this is calories in vs. calories out for weight loss if that is your goal.
People on IIFYM are not following a meal plan but you are tracking your food intake by using an app such as MyFitnessPal. By default you will be hitting a total calorie goal on IIFYM because your protein, carbs, and fats add up to a certain caloric intake.
Pro's
-Flexibility
-Not having to plan out and prep ALL your meals
-Can plan "treats" into your day if you wanted
-Ability to make your own food choices therefore you can stick to what you enjoy.
-More feeling of freedom and less restricted.
Con's
-Tracking can be overwhelming or become obsessive.
-It does take some time to plan things out into your day.
-Food choices may not be the healthiest food sources.
-A lot of variables: nutrient timing, insulin control, pre/post workout etc.
Meal Plans
Following a plan that a coach will provide you in order to lose weight or build muscle. Most of the time, the coach will provide you a meal plan of whole foods and clean sources at certain times of the day to maximize your weight loss or strength gains through nutrient timing.
Pro's
-Limited room for errors
-Whole food choices / cleaner choices
-When you make changes to the diet, you know exactly what is /is not working.
Con's
-Restricted
-Lack of variety
-Can lead to a binge meal because of lack of food choices.
Have questions about your nutritional goals? Have you tried plenty of "diets" and they just don't work but you are ready to try something that will ? Let's work together on what works best for you!
Not every person is the same, some can do macros and some need meal plans, lets figure your right plan out today ! Contact me today!

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