Intro to Flexible Dieting
A lot of people get confused about “eating healthy” to lose weight. My coworker today told me she eats healthy but sits down and eats an entire box of strawberries (about 3 servings). From a flexible dieting perspective, she could have eaten a watermelon slush for the same macronutrients. As I talked about in my post The Plain and Simple , when you are trying to lose or gain weight, it’s about having a caloric deficient/surplus compared to the amount your body burns in a day. It matters less if you had the strawberries or the slush and more about how much your body used.
What is a macronutrient?
There are 3 macronutrients: Fats, Carbohydrates, and Proteins. These are the essential chemical elements from which humans survive on. They provide us with energy to live. Micronutrients are nutrients our bodies need in smaller amounts including vitamins and minerals. Each person responds to quantities and ratios of these macronutrients differently. That is why your daily macros are unique to you.
What is flexible dieting or IIFYM?
IIFYM stands for “If It Fits Your Macros”. I like to compare this to the 80/20 principle. The majority of your food should come from “clean” sources such as oats, healthy fats, and lean protein but some of it can also come from processed foods like ice cream and chips if you’re craving it and if it fits your macronutrient goals for the day. IIFYM essentially allows you to fulfill your cravings a little bit every day whereas other forms of dieting require you to eat clean six days a week and have one cheat day to eat all the pizza and cookies you want.
The reason I prefer flexible dieting is it allows a healthy balance in your diet. A little bit of everything and no extremes.
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