IIFYM or "if it fits your macros" is a flexible dieting style that allows for eating the foods you enjoy and still progressing with your fitness goals, whether that's fat loss or muscle gain. Basically you can eat whatever you'd like- in moderation of course.
In order to meet your macro goals, you still will have to eat whole foods. More than likely, it would be difficult to meet your macros without eating whole foods. This is not a junk food diet, but it does allow for treats in your diet. The point of IIFYM is to avoid food restrictions. Restricting certain food groups is unnecessary and what often causes people to lose control and binge once their "diet" is over. IIFYM is more sustainable for most people. It is recommended that at least 80 percent of your consumption come from whole foods.
Macros (short for macronutrients) are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; you track your intake of macros while following IIFYM. Eating enough protein preserves muscle mass, fat assists with hormonal health, and carbs are used for performance and energy. Macros makeup calories, so tracking your macros is just advanced calorie counting. You can achieve weight loss by caloric deficit alone, but tracking macros can help achieve better body composition and increased energy.
Low carb is not necessary to achieve fat loss. Neither is avoiding certain foods. Yes, you can have bread, white rice, white potatoes. Just meet your macros. Using an app like MyFitness Pal will be very helpful. Weigh your food on a food scale (this is important) and enter your portions into MyFitness Pal. The app shows you exactly how many grams of each macro you have eaten. Make sure to look at the grams NOT percentages.
Planning ahead is very important. Planning your meals ahead of time will help keep you on track and consistent.
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Focus on the basics and remain consistent. Hit your macros and exercise. It does not matter how many times a day you eat. Doesn't really matter when you workout. Preference and adherence is what matters!
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Arielle is a certified fitness trainer, certified sports nutritionist, fitness enthusiast, and bikini competitor who has been involved in fitness since 2011. She also is studying for her Doctorate of Health Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science.