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:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Fiber

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/

5 thoughts on “IIFYM: Fat loss revolution?

  1. I have attained some great results with IIFYM. It was a revelation when I learned that I didn’t need to feel guilty about eating some ice cream or french fries. If you do try IIFYM, don’t forget to take in 20-30g of fiber and at least one serving of fruit and one vegetable minimum per day.

    1. Thanks for commenting!
      The only downside I found in this system is that it doesn’t work so well with ice creams and pizzas when your weight and calorie intake are low. For example, to reach my goal I need about 1400 kcal, and it’s so hard to squeeze in even a slice of pizza! If I do, it means I will need to eat super low-cal things the rest of the day or simply eat less, but it will lead to hunger.

      1. Thanks for responding so quickly! I agree that when eating lower calories, it can be hard to fit in higher calorie foods without being hungry at the end of the day. IIFYM affords dieters the ability to have a scoop of ice cream with friends without feeling like their diet is shot. The point I really want people to take from it is that they don’t need to demonize any food. If someone wants to fit in a slice of pizza and not be hungry, they could eat foods that are less calorie dense but filling. I’m not saying someone eating 1400 Cals per day should eat pizza everyday (although you could) but it is really nice to be able to par take in social eating without feeling like you are losing a battle with your diet. I understand that it is not for everyone but I’m really glad that you brought it up as an option.

      2. That’s absolutely true what you are saying. And I don’t understand people when they say “No, I can’t have this, I’m on a diet” and then they feel down because they can’t enjoy their lunch/dinner/whatever as much as the others. I believe that moderation is the key in everything. If you want to eat a slice of pizza badly – eat it, but try to keep the rest of your day clean. Or eat clean all week and then allow a cheat day.
        Anyway, I haven’t tried counting macros, but I did count calories and it helped me to lose a couple of kgs (I never had many to lose). And it also taught me to control my portions. But then I stopped counting and still continued to lose weight with moderate portions and exercising. So I just think that everyone who wants to lose weight should choose an approach that will work for them, specifically for their needs. Sometimes the only way to find it is through trial and errors. But IIFYM is definitely worth to give it a try!

      3. Yes exactly. My main goal is to present the facts and give people the chance to try different things for themselves. I’m glad we can agree that there is nothing wrong with eating pizza. It’s also great to hear that you have found what works for you!

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