How to Get Fit and Eat Cake Too!

Intro to Flexible Dieting

German Cupcakes
The german chocolate cupcakes I made this weekend! I topped them with a pecan and coconut streusel – absolutely delicious!

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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10 thoughts on “How to Get Fit and Eat Cake Too!

  1. Emily Reply

    Sorry, quick question if that’s okay? I tend to have smoothies most days for breakfast or lunch, fruit, water, protein powder and oats generally – is this not a good thing to do? Thanks for stopping by my blog! πŸ™‚ xx

    • fitwithdasha Post authorReply

      That’s absolutely fine! Why do you think a smoothie is a bad thing? Maybe I can help clear up some confusion!

      • Emily Reply

        Sorry maybe I misread – just the first bit in your post about multiple portions of fruit? No that I’m throwing loads in a blender, but I think it’d work out as more than a portion or two?

        Thanks! πŸ™‚

      • Emily Reply

        That’s – sorry I may have just misread it! πŸ™‚ Just the bit about multiple portions of fruit, I’ve pretty much cut out everything processed but I’m definitely having more than one portion of fruit a day. Would my sugar levels be too high? xx

        • fitwithdasha Post authorReply

          Oh my goodness no not at all!! It’s recommended to have 4-5 servings of fruit&veggies per day. The point of this is to show that sugar comes in many forms and as long as you are within your daily macros you can still achieve your goals whether you choose to eat your sugar through watermelon or watermelon slush

  2. jordbeas Reply

    Love your blog, you are very inspirational. Thank you for stopping by mine. I saw you are getting your PT certification, where are you doing that at? I will definitely be following your blog πŸ™‚

  3. New Journey Reply

    Agree with everything in moderation and I like the 80/20 idea….best if I would keep it at 90/10 since I a food-aholic and its so easy to give in….getting easier not to, but its like a drug to me….however, I recently bought a candy bar, actually worshipped for a while then took a bite in secret….I spit it out…it tasted like I was eating a huge bite of lard….I was soooo happy to throw it all away and walk away feeling better about my journey..

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