If It Fits Your Macros… As you may be aware, this has become quite a popular phrase to most fitness minded people but this is for a reason! The whole premise of IIFYM/ flexible dieting is every appealing, as long as it is done correctly; many people ask me how do I stay in shape whilst eating what I do. Well the answer is I don’t constantly eat porridge and brownies – as much as I would love to it just wouldn’t work. Besides from what you see I always strive to keep my fats low while maintaining a good equal intake of protein and clean carbohydrates. (A 40-40-20 split of protein, carbs and fats).
The general idea of IIFYM is viewing a calorie as a unit of energy, put simply energy in – energy out. This is seen as appealing as it gives you more flexibility with your diets but yet still hit your daily macro goals. At the end of the day, more calories in than out means surplus, which result in weight gain and more calories out than in would result in a deficit which leads to weight loss. Personally I think flexible dieting is the way forward, ever since I’ve started practicing it I’ve been seeing better results and been living a more enjoyable life.
It differs from the classic “bro diet” in a sense that you can eat more of what you want, however I like to involve aspects of both types within my day to day diet. Most days would consist of a breakfast normally porridge with 3 additional meals and 3-4 snacks. A standard day for me would be: Breakfast 6am, Meal 9:30am, Meal 12:15pm, Snack 2:30pm, Snack 4pm, Snack/ Pre workout 5:30pm and last meal at 8pm. I like to eat frequently as I find it helps keep my metabolism in check, the more that is fired up it is the more calories I will burn “in theory”. This method works for me, however it may not fit for everyone, so play around with eating frequency and quantities.I believe that the key to starting off with IIFYM is to track everything you consume, macro counting has been a big part of my life for long time now, I use MyFitnessPal daily and I’d highly recommend it.
When I start talking about this method to friends and clients they always seem so distraught with the idea of counting macros – but it’s so easy! I’d recommend weighing food when you start out so you can get an eye in for how big portions actually are, however I weigh all my food all the time so I know exactly what I’m getting. In my opinion the key to anything to do with bodybuilding / diet / exercise is find what works for YOU, everyone is different I cannot stress this enough.
I don’t see flexible dieting as a scapegoat to binge or eat excessively, I see it as a chance to be more relaxed around a diet. I believe as long as you are still in a deficit the “bad” food shouldn’t impact you too negatively. At the end day “Clean” food is still good food.
It takes time, it take patience but when you combine those with a structured diet and workout plan, you’ll make a change!