Of course, it is not a revolutionary way to lose fat for some athletes and bodybuilders, according to the website I’m going to refer to, but it is a revolutionary way of looking at dieting for me.
Just imagine that right now you could be eating a couple slices of pizza and sipping hot chocolate, not worrying about putting on weight, or imagine that a friend of yours invites you to a coffee house to chat over a cup of coffee and a piece of heavenly delicious cake, and you don’t have to say no in fear that it will ruin all of your weight loss progress. Sounds fantastic, right? And unbelievable too. It is impossible to eat all the junk and lose weight. But this is where IIFYM, or If It Fits Your Macros, can prove you wrong.
The concept of IIFYM stands behind taking in account the macro nutrients that you get from food. The macro nutrients are:
They also list alcohol, for it contains calories, but since it’s way worse than some of the junk food, I personally would not even consider it as one of the macros. But I am not the one to decide here.
Following the concept, it turns out that you can eat whatever you like and still lose weight if you stay inside of the daily recommended macros intake (specifically for your needs, not the general daily recommended guidelines like 2000 calories per day, etc.). There is a calculator provided, which tells you how many calories and grams of your macros you should get depending on your goal (weight loss, maintenance, mass gain). As someone who actually counted calories for several months, I know it can be a pain in the *beep*, but if you don’t find it in yourself to eat only healthy and clean food, it might be a great helper for you.
Obviously, this way of eating is not quite the same as clean eating, in terms of health benefits and overall quality of your nutrition. But it takes great discipline to eat clean day after day, especially if your menu is not that broad. I, for example, wasn’t exposed to a big variety of different vegetables and herbs in my childhood. I was used to eat the most common and plain products: meat, potatoes, pasta, soups made of cabbage and beetroot (Russian Borscht). All the healthy things like bell peppers, broccoli, spinach and lettuce were never on the table, and I had no idea what they tasted like. And when I finally tried them, they seemed nasty. I still don’t eat any of them except for broccoli and very rare sometimes bell peppers. So when it comes to eating clean, my food preferences narrow the choice of products to a minimal set of maximum five or six vegetables that I can eat, including potato, which is not an ideal choice for someone on a weight loss diet.
But no matter how shallow my menu could be, after trying eating cleaner food and including as many vegetables as I can in my diet, I don’t want to go to the junk food exclusively diet that some people following IIFYM concept may have. The reason is simple – when you know the health benefits of a certain product, you feel that it is necessary to eat it and eat it often so you get everything your body needs from it. At least that’s the way I feel. But I wasn’t always thinking like that, and some time ago I couldn’t bring myself to a mere idea of eating broccoli and cauliflower instead of pasta or rice.
Anyway, most of the nutritionists and dieticians will tell you that there is no one and only cure for all. A success in weight loss lies in finding the right diet plan that works for you, not the one that works for someone else. Something always works for someone, but the best weight loss is always the result of a custom-tailored diet plan. So if you’re looking for one right now and if you find it difficult to stick with eating clean, read the website about IIFYM, get the idea, calculate your needs and give it a try. It sure will help, because any attempt works better than no attempt at all.
Good luck with your goals!
Introduction to IIFYM: http://iifym.com/introduction-to-iifym/
IIFYM Calculator: http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/