Flexible Dieting: What Is IIFYM Diet?
Acronyms play a large role in our lives.
As a matter of fact, most people use acronyms like – ASAP,
ETC and LOL – on a daily basis. If you know anything about the fitness world,
then you’re aware that in the last couple of years, a certain acronym has taken
the industry by storm.
Of course, we are talking about the IIFYM diet.
Now, if you’re wondering what the acronym actually means,
here’s your answer – If It Fits Your Macros.
But even if you already knew what the acronym stands for, you’re
probably wondering what this diet’s all about anyway?
What IIFYM Actually Is?
In order to break the diet down, you have to know what macro
nutrients are. In short, macro nutrients represent the three main food groups:
Each of these nutrients plays a specific role in your
fitness goals, and your body needs different quantities of each, depending on
your metabolism, condition and many, many other factors.
You already know that while conventional dieting will
certainly help you lose a few addition pounds, there are some shortcuts you can
take. In fact there are some so called “fatty foods” that even fight
The IIFYM diet flies in the face of the notion that someone
who wants get in shape; lose some weight and define his or her muscles needs to
eat only “clean foods” at precise times throughout the day pre and post
The very idea of this diet is quite simple – you can eat
whatever you like, you just need to fill your allotment of carbs, fats and
The Common Misconceptions
Now, we have to one thing clear – despite what many people
would like you to believe, you simply cannot eat whatever you like and get in
shape in just a quick few weeks. This is not how IIFYM works.
Logically, if you spend all day eating junk food, you won’t
get in shape, no matter how much time you spend in the gym. The biggest problem
with sugary threats and fast foods is that they are dramatically deficient in
That means that you need to make a balance, because if you
indulge in processed foods too much, you can easily develop mineral and vitamin
deficiencies, which in turn, can lead to many health problems down the line.
How Does It Really Work?
Finally, we come down to the most important question – how
does this diet work? The basic principle of IIFYM is this – you should get
somewhere around 80 percent of your daily calorie intake from healthy foods you
actually like to eat.
When it comes to dieting, possibly the biggest problem
people run into is that point where they can’t stand dry chicken and vegetables
anymore. And when you reach that stage, one bite of junk food can lead to an
But IIFYM allows you to avoid this. For example, if you
prefer steaks over chicken, just balance your carb intake to allow it. In if
you’re worried about the price of healthy food – don’t sweat it – there are
many services like Sunbasket
delivery that allow you to eat healthy on a budget.
Meal-Timing Doesn’t Matter as
Much as You Think It Does
Most foods we like to eat tend to be more calories dense,
but don’t worry, because you can work them into your diet by reducing your meal
frequency. And even though this seems counter-intuitive to some people,
reducing the frequency of your meals allows you to increase the size of your
Despite what many nutritionist will tell you, you don’t have
to eat a healthy portion of proteins in order to avoid the catabolic state. The
truth is, you metabolism won’t slow down a bit if you start eating three meals
every day instead of five or seven.
With that in mind, you also need to realize that there is
nothing wrong with eating smaller meals – you just need to hit your macro
numbers. So if you do it in four meals instead of eight, or even vice versa, it
won’t stop your fat reducing process by any means.
The Bottom Line
Once you try the IIFYM, after a quick few days. You’ll
definitely see that this approach to dieting is quite liberating. Simply put,
it’s far more enjoyable to eat the food you love than try overly-restrictive
diets that come with confusing lists of prescriptions.
However, you also cannot abuse your freedom and replace all
of your healthy nutrients with junk counterparts, just because your diet allows
it. Just keep this in mind – your long-term health hinges on more than your
macro nutrient intake. By Monica Nichols
Monica Nichols is one of the most promising
writers at www.diet.st
and apart from writing her main passion in life is designing clothes. In her
free time, she likes listening to jazz and spending time with her boyfriend in
their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
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