IIFYM (if it fits your macros). Is it the Diet for You?
Think of the word diet and often images of Atkins or eating some weird food pop into your mind. Dieting has been stigmatized as a miserable, deprived experience. Having to eat certain brands of food (think Special K or Slim Fast diet) or certain foods (fats only, protein only, etc.), it’s no wonder people both feel awful and eventually fail at sticking to a diet plan. Enter IIFYM (if it fits your macros).
IIFYM/macronutrient-based “dieting” has become very popular in the world of health and fitness.
This type of approach focuses on hitting specific totals of each macronutrient (fats, carbs, proteins) per day. On top of that, you’ll keep track of a fiber total. The theory behind If It Fits Your Macros is to stay within your particular range of macronutrients each day. You can still enjoy, in moderation, those “guilty” treats you love and continue to progress towards your goal(s).
Many argue that a calorie is not a calorie. Eating 2,000 calories a day of McDonald’s will give you a different result than eating 2,000 calories of healthy foods. With If It Fits Your Macros, you can have the best of both worlds without worrying about sabotaging your results. Because of this, IIFYM has become an incredibly popular dieting style or eating lifestyle, as many like to refer to it as.
How to Count Your Macros?
The internet offers a plethora of IIFYM calculators, which ask for information such as age, height, activity level, and other factors. Using this information, these calculators then tell you what range of each macro you should be consuming each day based on your goal (weight loss, weight gain, etc.) and how aggressively you want to approach it. Apps such as myfitnesspal make tracking macros a no-brainer- just scan a bar code of a portion of food you’re eating, indicate the serving size/quantity and the numbers are crunched for you.
Dieting isn’t easy, no matter what approach you take. But if you’re looking to have your cake and eat it too, IIFYM is the solution for you.