One of the most important elements of weight loss is counting calories – it’s not the most exciting aspect of training and no one wants to be the guy calculating how many individual chocolate digestives he is ‘allowed’ (is that just me?). But, the simple fact is, the only way to lose weight is to ensure you are in a calorie deficit.
This theory is what allows the crazier diets to succeed – it is possible to eat McDonald’s three times a day and drop weight if you remain within the daily caloric intake required for weight loss.
One of the most popular, and easy to maintain long-term, diets focuses on the premise of ‘if it fits your macros’ (IIFYM). So, what is IIFYM?? Essentially, it is flexible dieting – a way to factor in the things you need with the things you enjoy. Focus on the three primary macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and, as long as you hit your daily recommendation for each, how you do so is up to you.
This adds a little science to the simple caloric deficit and ensures that your body is taking in enough of the essential building blocks required for maintaining health, energy and muscle. To keep it really simple – you can get calories from absolutely anything but, in order to hit your daily macro requirements, you will need to think a little more carefully structuring your meals.
If you are looking for a way to hit your target weight, without the need to avoid pizza or ice cream, IIFYM could be just the way to go! No foods are off-limits but, for optimal results, it is important to make sure you are still getting the appropriate vitamins and minerals.
Keep checking back for advice on tracking calories and the required caloric intake for weight gain / loss.
Does IIFYM work for you? How many chocolate digestives squeeze into your daily macros?? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below…