Have you ever heard of flexible dieting, or If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)? Flexible dieting is one of the best ways to learn how to eat in the right proportions, and which types of foods do and do not work for your physique goals. IIFYM starts with energy balance, like all diets should. You estimate the amount of calories you need by entering your personal information into a total daily energy expenditure equation which can be found on IIFYM.com. Then you research and decide which ratio of macros works best for your body type and goals. For example for a fat loss goal it is recommended to consume about 30% of calories from protein, 20% of calories from fats, and the remaining 50% should come from complex carbohydrates. Flexible dieting will allow you the flexibility to eat whatever you want as long as it fits your macro-nutrient requirements.
Dieting requires discipline, and although being flexible with the choices of foods you want to eat is great, you must track your nutrition to keep yourself honest. If you want to eat a really fatty meal that contains 75% of your daily allotment, then you must be prepared to restrict how much fat you eat later in the day to avoid going over. One of the biggest challenges of dieting is finding foods that contain enough protein to meet your goals without going over in fat or carbs. One of our wonderful clients Kate loves to share this great trick to figure out if a food is worth the calories. The trick is to add up the grams of protein and fiber the food contains and multiply that number by ten. If the number you get is greater than the calories of the entire serving you know for sure that food is a great choice. Remember that you cannot out work a poor diet.