IFYM stands for "If it fits your macros," or is sometimes called flexible dieting.
This method of eating shifts the focus from calorie- counting, or eating from a restrictive list, and instead gives you the flexibility to eat a variety of foods so long as you meet the certain quantity of macronutrients you need. These three macronutrients are carbs, fats and proteins.
I see many people in the health & fitness world giving their opinion about macros. Often, they have never spent much time trial-ing it for themselves and just assume that everyone is eating pop tarts and candy to fill their numbers. I do think that the way that many people approach macros could use some more guidance, and this fuels me to coach people on IIFYM even more, and is the driving force behind my new book, MINDSHIFT MACROS
I believe that IIFYM is an absolutely excellent approach to nutrition that is sustainable. It has the ability to teach people SO much about the food that they eat, and what their body needs to thrive. More so, the way that I coach places a priority on the mindset around food, which for so many people has been skewed over their lifetime so badly, that they don't know what to eat anymore without feeling bad about it.
As a nutrition coach, I take a step-wise approach to teaching people macros. In the beginning, it might consist of a number only approach. This is where you can eat any food source as long as you're hitting the correct number of carbs, fats and proteins. This is an OK place to start for a beginner, but we don't want to hang out here too long. It often works in terms of a body composition change, but you'll find you're often hungry and you're sacrificing food quality for the sake of eating to hit a number. To put it plainly, if you eat 100g of brown rice and half a donut these will both provide you with 25g of carbs. However, your body's insulin response, your hunger level and energy level will differ greatly in response to the consumption of these 2 foods. I prioritize health over numbers, always. As you get accustomed to the changes that need to be made by following macros, we will start to increase your nutritional sophistication and begin to fill your macros numbers with the healthiest foods possible.
Here are 3 changes you should make to your macros today--
My top 4 healthy fats to start incorporating
into your macros-diet today:
extra virgin olive oil
Incorporate these 3 things into your daily nutrition, and watch your body composition, health & vitality be taken to the next level!
Dr. Alli Cain