There are numerous strategies to lose weight and countless books, magazine articles and blog posts expounding the benefits of a particular technique. The human body is unique and reacts in its particular way to a weight loss method. The majority of options professed by so-called experts don’t work for everyone and we will not repeat the mistake of claiming flexible dieting, also known as IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), is the end game when it comes to losing weight. We will give you reasons why this approach works, and your body will judge if it agrees.
Diet fads are continuously popping up all over the place. Some may work, others not so much, but one factor they have in common is they generally only produce results on a short-term basis. This is due to the short-sighted nature of diets. It is extremely difficult to cut out a particular type of food from your diet forever, especially if you derive great joy from eating it.
You may swear off chocolate for a particular diet, but four months into the diet, your self-control muscles will be completely worn off from the constant pressure and you will eventually indulge in a cocoa delicacy.
Flexible dieting works precisely because it is not a diet. We know the name is confusing, but bear with us a moment and we will explain this in depth. This strategy involves not giving up on any food, but it does not mean you can’t reduce your intake of a particular food you may enjoy, which is not too good for your health. You may eat what you want as long as it can be absorbed by your daily caloric limit and fits in your macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) as well as fiber.
What flexible dieting does not control is how you get these macronutrients into your body. If you want a cheeseburger, it is permitted as long as you don’t surpass the number of daily calories you are allowed and you are getting appropriate amounts of macronutrients and fiber.
Planning Is Required
Many people misunderstand this strategy and claim it’s bound to fail as you only eat junk food. This is evidently not the case. Were you to only eat junk foods you would, first of all, reach your caloric limit probably by mid-morning (and starve the rest of the day), and secondly, you wouldn’t get enough calories from your three macronutrients or sufficient fiber. Flexible dieting is not an open slate to eat whatever you want with no plan. It seeks to limit your caloric intake as well as ensure you get appropriate quantities of macronutrients and fiber. This does require you to plan out your daily meals and snacks, which may feel like a diet, but it’s not as you are allowed to eat anything you want.
The main advantage of the IIFYM philosophy is it takes human desires and wants into consideration. You may eat what you desire, but it has to be done in a calculated way, without overindulging. The underlying principle is you are more likely to follow this regime over the long-term as compared to a restrictive diet.