Could You Try Flexible Dieting?

The Atkins diet, the Raw Till 4 diet, the soup diet and the cabbage diet – we’ve all heard of them, and some of us have even tried them. Fad diets have been around for years as men and women try to achieve the perfect body via restricting what they put in their mouths. With the rise of the clean eating movement in recent years, talk about macronutrients and protein is regularly surrounding conversations about diet, but has the term ‘flexible dieting’ ever come across your table?

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First of all, let’s address what it actually is. Flexible dieting or commonly known as If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) is using a set number of macronutrients during the day to give your body the composition it needs. What it doesn’t set is a restriction on the types of food you can eat. As long as it stays within your macronutrient intake set for the day, you can try your luck at anything you’re craving. It is based on the composition of macronutrients – fat, carbohydrates and protein – rather than caloric intake, as it is believed that there are no right or wrong foods (so to speak), just a composition of macronutrients. This is said to be more effective at achieving a body composition goal instead of just weight gain and weight loss.

In saying that, macros all have caloric representations. One gram of protein or carbohydrates has 4 calories each and one gram of fat has 9 calories. This is the way a flexible dieter’s food day would be tracked. So, what are the pros of flexible dieting?

The most obvious, of course, is it’s a flexible regime that still allows you to indulge in your favourite foods. As long as your track them and work out their macronutrients, you can keep your body composition goals on track. This also means that the diet will be more sustainable than something that is strict and doesn’t allow any indulgences.

One of the cons of the diet is getting used to counting your macros and working it all out. Don’t let this deter you, however, it just means that your brain is getting a workout too! You can use a macro calculator – like this one – to get started, while investing in a food scale will also help you get on your way to improve your lifestyle with a flexible diet.

How do you think you would go with flexible dieting?

May 28, 2015

A Beginner’s Guide To IIFYM Diet

Ever wanted to create a stable eating plan which gives you a smoking-hot body, where you can have your cake and eat it too?

If It Fits Your Macros or (IIFYM) is simply just a diet which is altered to your body (and your body only). The entire eating plan is structured around macronutrients which are mostly proteins, carbohydrates, and fats which each play a role in a balanced, healthy diet.

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What does it mean?

IIFYM is a diet which is tailored to you and your lifestyle – this is not a one size fits all approach. Rather than a strict ‘clean eating’ regime, the idea of IIFYM is fairly straightforward, and won’t have you starving between meals. You can essentially eat whatever you like, as long as it contains protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

How can I lose weight this way?

Most diets teach you that it’s all about portion control, rather than sticking to a strict eating plan in the first place. If you fulfil your daily requirements of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, your body will be able to feel nourished regardless of what you eat afterwards. It’s all about finding a happy medium, and making sure that there is a balance of good meals such as chicken and veggies, but also something else which you can indulge in every now and then during the week.

Does this mean I have to count calories?

Not exactly. Only you will be able to understand whether you body feels nourished, but this doesn’t really mean you should stick to a strict calorie intake per-day. Balance out your meals by choosing a healthier alternative which won’t make your body feel bloated and sick afterwards. If you want to indulge in a burger and fries, choose a bun-less burger, or simply one with lettuce instead of white bread.

What will an average day look like?

A classic IIFYM eating plan can vary for each individual, but it’s important to keep your body nourished by eating lots of protein for your main meals. Chicken breast, eggs, Greek yoghurt, beef, salmon, and broccoli are all examples of what you can expect in this diet.

As with any other diet or eating plan, it’s more about exploring what is beneficial for your body, rather than sticking to a strict ‘raw food’ regime. Make sure to stay fit and exercise weekly, give your body a break when it needs it, and you will watch the kilograms drop off within just a few months.

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December 15, 2014