What if I told you to forget everything you knew about dieting?
What if you could let go of the severe food restriction you have around eating certain foods?
What if there was a way to break free of the all-or-nothing mentality around "dieting", and believe that there is a way you can still eat the foods you love, while still reaching your weight loss goals?
You’ve probably heart the phrase, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Well, not in this case! If any of those three questions above left you with a glimpse of hope in being able to successfully lose weight and keep it off, without feeling absolutely miserable, deprived and #hangry all the time, keep readin on’ because I’m about to throw some knowledge bombs down! Let’s dive in…
If the whole “macros” thing is new for you, you’ve come to the right place – because in this article, I’m going to explain to you what macros are, why they’re important and how tracking macros and following a flexible diet literally changed my life! Tracking my macros was the ultimate game changer for me in not only reaching my 20 lb weight loss goal (and keeping it off for the past 3 years), but being able to have a normal, social life without feeling guilty about the foods I was eating!! Gone are the days of low carb diets that – let’s be honest – make us feel like total crap. Gone are the days of super restrictive diets that only leave you feeling #hangry all the time with no results to follow. Being able to eat foods I genuinely enjoy, without that nasty guilt trailing behind me and learning to eat MORE food and lift weights is how I became so successful and passionate about coaching my clients about flexible dieting.
So what does following a “flexible diet” really mean? The terms “flexible dieting”, “if it fits your macros” and “IIFYM” are interchangeably used when you’re tracking macros. Macros are what calories are made of. The three macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins and fats and they each serve a different and important role in your body. Typically, your body requires a specific amount of each depending on many factors including your age, height, weight, activity level, etc. so this will be different for everyone. The amount of protein, carbs and fats you eat every day make up the total amount of calories you consume on a daily basis.
The principle behind following the IIFYM diet, is that you can eat the foods you enjoy, as long as it fits your macros. So yes, you can eat your favorite foods, like pizza and bagels, if they fit into your macros that day, AND you can still reach your health and fitness goals! Now that’s not to say you can or should consume donuts and candy all day in order to meet your daily carbohydrate goal – you want to be mindful of your sugar, fiber and sodium also. This “rule” of paying close attention to your micronutrients as well, prevents you from eating a bunch of junk food to “meet” your macro goals for the day. However, it does provide the flexibility and freedom of you being in control of the foods you want to eat and ensure they are within your daily calorie and macro allotment goals.
The key point here that I want you to keep in mind, is that most of your food choices should still consist of making nutrient-dense, nutritious choices i.e. choosing whole foods, consuming whole grains, lean meats, fruits and vegetables and limiting processed foods, etc. but you do have the flexibility to enjoy foods you love without guilt, without restricting yourself and without it working against you!
Breaking free from the overly restrictive mindset around food is empowering beyond words, and this is why I am so passionate about helping my clients reach their goals with sustainable, realistic eating behaviors and a “flexible” approach to their diet.
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