IIFYM – If It Fits Your Macros – Flexible Dieting
If it fits your Macros (or IIFYM) has made big noise in the bodybuilding and fitness community in 2013. There are constant on going battles between a number of high profile and successful trainers, nutritionists, bodybuilders and fitness models. Many for and many againstSo what exactly is IIFYM...
It is exactly what it's name says..but a lot more! In short, it means exactly as long as you hit your Protein, Fat, Carb, Fibre and Micro-nutrient requirements in a day you can eat whatever you like. Now most people instantly say "So I can eat chocolate all day". It wouldn't be possible to eat chocolate all day and hit your Macros and micros because you would end up having far too many carbs, fats and too little protein. However you could eat one or two pieces of chocolate a long side other food choices and hit your macros.The 2 biggest problems with IIFYM
Problem 1: People abuse it
The biggest problem with IIFYM is that people forget the bigger picture. They simply focus only on Protein, Carbohydrate and Fat intake and forget about fiber and micro-nutrients. It should really be called IIFYMMFD - If It Fits Your Macros Micros Fibre & Diet.
Problem 2: Incorrectly calculating your Macro requirements
The amount of Protein, Carbohydrate and fats will be determined by a number of factors. Mainly your end goal (lose fat or build muscle), your age, exercise levels, work levels, family life, stress levels and many many more. The bottom line is, everybodies intake is unique to themselfs so finding exactly what works for you to achieve your end goal is a lengthy and difficult process. Not only this but manipulating intake with methods such as carb cycling and re-feeds require an indepth level of understanding and experience.
This is why 'fitting your macros' based on numbers you calculated using an online calculater won't always work because the majority of the time they aren't the correct requirements for YOU
Many athelets, bodybuilders and fitness models employ a nutritional coach to handle there macronutrient intake. By using a well educated and experienced coach, you will have pretty accurate numbers to 'fit' and most likely achieve the result of your end state goalFlexible dieting - a much better name for IIFYM
Flexible dieting is now used a lot more by people that use IIFYM which shows how much the term if it fits your macros is misinterpreted and misused by so many people.
There are many other principles to consider, such as gluten-free diets, digestive system (lack of digestive enzymes) and more. The great thing about science is that we learn more and more everyday about how our bodies react to nutrition - so for now if you want to follow a flexible dieting approach or follow a 'clean' eating only approach, the choice is yours!