I personally hate the name “Flexible Dieting” because it has the word “diet” in it and diets are something that are a fad, short lived, and do not produce sustainable results. Flexible dieting does not share any qualities with the term diet as we have come to know it. So let’s start by defining flexible dieting.
Flexible Dieting is also known as, ‘If It Fits Your Macros’ (IIFYM). Basically it refers to counting macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrate fat and fiber) to achieve a body composition goal. Basically the individual, has a set macro-nutritional plan to follow on a daily basis. An individual’s macro-nutrient needs are calculated by using total daily energy expenditure and desired outcomes. The focus here is on overall body composition as opposed to weight loss or gain; therefore, calorie counting takes a back seat.
So what does this mean about food? The general thinking about food is that there is no true good or bad food regarding weight loss/gain or your body composition goals. Now, of course, that does not mean eat all processed, GMO filled, high fat, junk types of food because we know that, based on current research, that poor quality food does not support good overall health. Furthermore, current research in the field of nutrition, supports eating whole, non processed, green foods and meats/poultry that is free from hormones/antibiotics and has been raised free-range/ uncaged. When food enters your body it is not determining good or bad; rather, it is simply breaking down and processing the nutrients the best way it can in order to function at optimum efficiency. This makes a lot of sense when one considers the metabolic process/metabolism. The metabolism, simply explained, is the physical and chemical process that our bodies use to break down what we put into our body and produce energy. If that process is inhibited or taxed because of what we eat or do not eat then it malfunctions. For example, we see a lot of metabolism issues because many people eat a lot of foods that are nutritionally deficient and suffer from malnutrition in the modern age of having an abundance of food and food choices. This is occurring all over the world and people are simply becoming fatter and sicker as a result.
I count every macro nutrient that goes in my body. I can tell you what I ate a week ago and break it down because I meal plan and stay within my macro-nutritional plan. It’s really as simple as that. This means that I choose to take the time to plan what I eat, how and when I will prepare it, and how I structure my meals/eating throughout any given day. Everything I put into my body is measured and counted. Furthermore, I choose to eat my own food most of the time. I rarely eat out and when I do, I am very selective as to place and food items. The bottom line is that flexible dieting is an easy concept that anyone can apply in their lives today and forever; however, the issue for many of us is the discipline it takes to stay on top of taking care of ourselves before sickness and disease force us to have someone else care for us.