Friday, 1 April 2016

How To | IIFYM | A 'Diet' or A Lifestyle?

IIFYM Macros Diet Lifestyle

How many times in your life have you gone on a diet? Me, I can't remember if I'm honest.

I have been on and off of so many 'diets' over the past few years. None of them have worked for me. Restricting my calories, only eating particular for things. None of it has worked for me and I have always ended back where I started. Binging.

Now I'm not necessarily overweight and I never have been but that also doesn't mean I have been happy with where I'm at physically. But like anyone who has dieted will tell you, physical appearance is only part of the battle, it's a mental one.

What is IIFYM?

'Meeting the individual macronutrient needs relevant to one's goals and then filling the remaining calories with foods of personal preference' - Urban Dictionary

If you search #IIFYM on social media you will be greeted with pictures of doughnuts, pizza and more gluttonous food but it is really more than.

'If It Fits Your Macros' or IIFYM is otherwise known as flexible dieting and that in a nutshell is what it is. Rather than counting your calories you monitor you macronutrient intake. Macros are the 3 main nutrients your body requires to function to its full potential, Carbohydrates, Fats and Protein. The aim is to hit your personalised goals of these and it doesn't matter what you eat to get there.

In essence, if you want to use your fats with avocados or doughnuts that is up to you, as long as your levels are accurate you will reach your goals. This is why it is a lifestyle rather than a diet. On a restrictive diet, you have to worry when you're going out to eat, with IIFYM you make your day work with what you are eating!

IIFYM Diet Macros Lifestyle Quest Bar Nakd Protein

How do I calculate my Macros?

Macro calculation is extremely personal. What works for me probably will not work for you. You have to watch how your body reacts and alter your numbers in reaction. It is easier the longer you do it but it can take some getting used to.

The best place to start is by creating a baseline. There are formulas to do this yourself but I found it easier to use a calculator such as this one, IIFYM Calculator and go from there. This site will also explain the formulas used for you and help you adapt your levels to your goals.

That's the beauty of this lifestyle, it can work whether you wish to lose weight, maintain or build muscle, you just change and adapt.

The main thing to remember is that yes, you can have avocados or doughnuts, but health isn't all aesthetic. You can look fit and healthy but if all you are eating is pizza and cake you probably are not going to feel it!

Have you ever tried a new lifestyle over a diet?


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