If you’ve been living anywhere but under a rock lately, you know about the IIFYM trend. It stands for “If It Fits Your Macros.” In other words, if you like it and it doesn’t go out of your macro range, EAT THAT SH**!
Pretty much everything that you are used to not having, you can have with this diet, assuming it falls in your macro range. It’s without a doubt one of the most flexible dieting plans out there. How beneficial is it really though? I mean, besides to your cravings.
Glad you asked!
Does IIFYM Work?
With all of this hype around this flexible dieting method, you would think it was god like and extremely effective. At the same time though, there are those that say they tried it, and it didn’t work too well.
Technically speaking, a calorie is a calorie. Even if you are eating Cheetos and Coke all day, as long as you ate less calories than your body used, you will still lose weight.
However, there is far more to the story when trying to work on muscle (which, who isn’t trying to build muscle?) as well as the weight loss. Protein starts coming into play, along with carbohydrates, fats, sugar, and every other macro that people like to count (and maybe not count).
So, in other words, IIFYM can be a good thing, OR it can be a bad thing.
The difference is in what those macros are, and what it is you are eating to get them in. A calorie is a calorie, yes. Let’s be real though, broccoli is going to bring you more benefit than those Cheetos.
So, don’t use IIFYM as just an excuse to eat junk and fast food all day. That’s what makes it a failure. That’s the determining factor in whether or not you will succeed with the IIFYM diet. Know that it is flexible, but it is not a reason to eat crap food.
On top of that, IIFYM may not be the best option for you if you are naturally more of an endomorph. If this is you, stick to being as clean as you can and not giving your body a reason to gain more weight.
In conclusion, IIFYM can either be good for you, or it can be bad for you. As with most other things in fitness, it depends on your goals, how well you respect the diet, and what type of genetics are going to play a role in what is happening when you switch your nutrition.
The ultimate way to know if IIFYM works for you is to try it! The beautiful thing about fitness is that it can have different effects on all of us. That’s what makes it an art form and such a complex system of movements and nutrition.
So go and try it!!