The concept of flexible dieting — or, as it’s also known, ‘if it fits your macros’ (IIFYM) — has become very popular. Nick Bracken debunk the myths.
Whether you like it or not, the reason behind its ‘recent’ popularity is quite simple: it works (if done correctly). All you need to do is open up Instagram and search the hashtag #flexibledieting or #iifym to see the abundance of popularity it’s accrued, for better or worse. Flexible dieting is definitely at the forefront of ongoing dieting discussions and debates within the fitness world. Here, we clear up some common misconceptions:
Myth 1. Flexible dieting means eating nothing but junk food
“The most common misconception is that flexible dieters eat nothing but junk food. Which is completely false. It would be impossible to successfully hit your daily protein and fibre goal if you eat nothing but Pop Tarts and ice cream.
A good flexible dieter understands that and still makes it a goal to hit their daily micronutrient goals because health is still important. I believe the junk food misconception has come from all the social media pics of pop tarts, cookies, candy and so on. I believe the main reason why those foods are posted more is because it is something to be happy about. Changing your body composition for the better while still eating some junk food in moderation is a win and shows that cutting doesn’t have to be torture.”
— Raymond Querido, @theonlinecoach
Myth 2. Flexible diets have no structure
“The problems are two-fold, in my opinion. The first is that some are confused that flexible dieting means you should, or can, eat junk food all the time as long as it’s calorically in the range in which you want to eat. Another issue is that most need some structure. You can’t just give someone a macronutrient profile and walk away.
There are still important variables and considerations when it comes to process, progress and results. It’s still important to consider what food source and in what amount would be best right now — in this context of the day. And then the next. And then the next.”
— Dr. Joe Klemczewski
Myth 3. People who follow flexible dieting are lazy
“Apparently people who follow flexible dieting are lazy. I’ve found that to find enjoyable and healthy food that actually fits your daily macronutrients takes quite a bit of planning. Some days, you’ll need to get creative and even have to think for yourself! You are forced to learn about nutrition, food and macronutrients. This gives you an outline of what works best for you instead of chasing your tail.”
— Nick Bracken, @brackenstrong