Flexible dieting, IIFYM, macro tracking or track your macros describe one of the hottest new ways to manage your nutritional intake.
What do they mean?
They all mean FREEDOM, having the ability to have CHOICES. Each approach has 2 things in common: Calories and macronutrient profiles that are customized to your individual needs. Flexible dieting allows you to achieve your body composition & performance goals all while enjoying food you like without restrictions or labeling food ‘good or bad.’
Flexible dieting, if managed correctly, will help you achieve your nutritional goals.
Flexible dieting helps
It will help you break the binge cycle that usually exists with cookie cutter, restricted meal plans.
This isn’t a perfect approach nor is it the solution to obesity. Flexible dieting has it’s own faults. I’ve seen first hand on social media what flexible dieting has done to some. Instead of seeing pics of chicken, rice and veggies, I see pics of burgers and fries and icecream. I’ve seen weird protein mixtures and sugary cereals and of course the famous poptarts. These examples aren’t extreme but they certainly don’t paint the real picture of what flexible dieting should be.
Flexible dieting should include nutrient dense foods first, hitting proper fiber intake. It should also include food that you would consider less nutrient dense. This is usually the ‘processed junk’ that everyone consumes in large quantities when following a restrictive dieting protocol. This is called balanced intake. Flexible dieting is a way to enjoy all foods in moderation. It is a lifestyle approach that is sustainable if you approach it with an open mind and willingness to be patient and consistent.
Flexible dieting is a game changer
You can eat your favourites and still achieve your goals!
FLEXIBLE DIETING changed my life and it can change YOURS . I no longer label food good or bad. I eat chocolate every single day. I have tortilla chips in my salad. I add cheese and salad dressing when I want. I eat out and I make choices that support my macronutrient profiles or I simply just eat. I don’t feel bad about eating out, they are not cheat meals. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I called a meal out a ‘cheat meal’…WHY? Because I eat everything in moderation on a consistent basis, never feeling deprived.
The best thing... it’s sustainable!
Nutrition should support your lifestyle and performance goals. Don’t change your lifestyle to fit your nutrition. Having a flexible approach makes it easier to make last minute changes to your intake if you are stuck eating out, makes it easier to plan for last minute road trips with your kids and it makes food prep easier having so much variety to choose from.
Want to increase performance? Desire to be lean? You can do all this and more by tracking your intake. You need to know what and how much you are eating in order to achieve these goals and become the person you desire to be.