IIFYM also known as flexible eating is a nutrition system that requires you to track your diet regarding macronutrients (fats, proteins, and Carbs). By adjusting your daily intake to certain ratios of the macronutrients, you can easily adjust your body’s metabolism and bodybuilding potential.
The IIFYM regime is suitable for everyone who wants to eat like an athlete. This is a very precise method that allows you to hit your target. If you are ready to weigh your food and count everything you eat then, this method will yield the best. Also, if you have issues holding a restrictive diet (which I do not recommend) for the long term, then IIFYM is for you.
The principle of IIFYM regime is counting food nutrient with set macro count limits. No matter what you take during the day, according IIFYM, the result is the same if you follow your macros. Therefore, you can organize your meals as you like to achieve these macros.
How to practice the IIFYM diet
Practising this regime is very easy (apparently): you have to weigh and count everything you put on the table. To do this, you are expected to weigh your food with a kitchen scale and read the product labels. Count every gram of protein, carbohydrate, and fat before consuming in order to achieve your target macros and ensure you don’t exceed them. Note that;
- Protein = 4 calories
- Carbohydrate = 4 calories
- Lipid = 9 calories
The big advantage of IIFYM regime
The main reason why people practice the IIFYM regime is the flexibility of the foods consumed. It is also confirmed less restrictive than other systems because you can eat ice-creams, burgers, sweets or basically whatever pleases you as long as it is within your macros.
Athletes who follow this method also eat many vegetables, lean protein, and fats. They also eat candy or other non-foods considered safe in small amounts every day.