You want to be in the best shape of your life! You also want your routine to be sustainable and to keep the gains you get over time. There’s a new way of dieting, or I should say non-dieting, called IIFYM. IIFYM stands for “If It Fits Your Macros.”
The idea is that you count your macros and focus on getting all of your proteins, fats, and calories. This actually works, because you are simply calorie counting to the extreme.
It’s fun to tease at the idea of eating a PopTart or a Snickers bar and saying, “So what? It fits my macros” but let’s think about how that would work. Basically, when eating something unhealthy like poptarts or candy, you are taking up space for nutritional calories and macro-nutrients you can get from nice, lean foods.
On all of my fitness tracking apps, they recommend only 80 grams of fat a day. Imagine eating some fast food on one of your days. It may fit your macros, but how much fat does it have? Probably too much. You’ll end up eating half of your daily macros in one meal. This leads to making things difficult and you’ll end up having to eat leaner foods throughout the day.
In conclusion, I think IIFYM is a good idea because at first it’s fun to toy with the thought of eating unhealthy and then you realize you can’t. You realize you can’t eat out much or eat a lot of junk food and still make it fit your macros. The best thing about IIFYM is that you’ll become more aware of how much of each macro your foods have and of the caloric content. You’ll wind up knowing what’s leaner and how to eat in moderation.
If It Fits Your Macros and eating healthy aren’t two different choices. They’re two sides of the same coin.
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