What is Flexible Dieting/IIFYM?
-Flexible dieting and IIFYM are not necessarily one in the same. A lot of people use the two terms interchangeable because they do/can work together. Someone who practices IIFYM (If it fits your macros) tracks their macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) daily. Someone who practices Flexible Dieting could simply follow the 80/20 rule meaning that they don't track their food but eat MOSTLY nutrient dense foods (fruits, veggies, lean meats) while also understanding that they are able to eat foods they enjoy as well in moderation. Most people who track their macronutrients ALSO follow a flexible dieting approach however you can also choose to eat all nutrient dense foods if you WANT.
What are Macronutrients?
-Proteins, Carbs and Fats (Ethanol is the 4th macronutrient but it is not considered "essential" for life)
Why do I need to count or track them?
-You don't NEED to, but it can be very beneficial to track what you are putting into your body. Your body needs protein, carbs and fats to survive. Making sure you are getting the proper amount of each macronutrient is extremely benefitial for weight loss, building muscle, body recomposition and overall health. Tracking your macronutrients also helps you understand what is IN the foods you're eating so that later on in your fitness journey you can break away from physically tracking everyday.
What if I feel that my macro #'s are not giving me the results I want?
-Contact me and I will readjust them. These numbers are not magic and sometimes it takes trial and error. Just be patient, make sure you are sticking to your macros and exercise regimen and I promise you will get the results you want! :)
Can I have a treat meal/cheat meal?
-I tell my clients that they can have one treat meal a week (if they want). However, most people see better results when cutting (trying to lose weight) if they do not implement a cheat meal. Read my blog post about refeed meals and see if that is something you would like to try! Everybody is different, do what works best for you.
Do I need to buy MyFitness Pal?
-No. There is a free version that works just as well as the premium version. The main difference between the two is that the premium verson allows you to set your macros to the specific gram where as the free version does not. This just requires you to do a little more math in your head.
Do I need a food scale?
-Technically, no. However, weighing your food allows you to get your portion sizes and measurements a lot more accurate. It all depends on how closely you want to track. I find weighing my meats the most helpful. It can be hard to guess how much you are actually eating which can then hinder your results.
Can I follow IIFYM if I am vegan or vegetarian?
-YES. This is a lifestyle and however you chose to fill your macros each day depends on what you prefer. If you prefer to live a vegan lifestyle, then do that! If you prefer to eat whole grains and stick to a bro diet then do that. Flexible dieting allows you to eat however you want to as long hit your macro goal each day.