What is Flexible Dieting?
Flexible dieting, flexible eating and if it fits your macros (IIFYM) are some buzz phrases in the nutrition space. They all primarily refer to the method of calculating your macronutrient ratios to achieve body composition and performance goals. That’s not the primary objective of the flexible dieting movement, though.
To keep it simple, flexible dieting aims to allow you to eat whatever you want, as long as your macronutrient amounts are correct.
What About Food Quality?
Food quality matters. While you can manage body composition, and performance to an extent, by ensuring that your macronutrient quantities are dialled in, the type of food you eat has a direct effect on your health.
Yes, you can have a good body and be relatively fit while being unhealthy. However, poor health will eventually rear its head.
Can Flexible Dieting Work?
Absolutely, when in the right hands! You still need to consume good whole food most of the time. Some of the time, eat whatever you want while still ensuring that your macro amounts are correct. This is where flexible dieting becomes problematic in the wrong hands—just how much is most and some?
If your ‘most’ is at least 80% of the time, you’re good. Consume your macros from healthy food sources at least 80% of the time, and eat whatever you want the rest of the time.
The holiday season is a great time to implement some form of flexible eating so that you stay on track while still enjoying those holiday treats. I’ll give you some guidance on that next time.