One big question we hear all the time is, “What is flexible dieting?”
We are going to tell you all about it because when your friends ask you, “What is flexible dieting?” You’ll know how to respond 🙂
What if I told you the one skinny friend you have that seems to be able to eat whatever they want and still stay skinny?
You know the one….they manage to eat pizza or that slice of cake and still look great.
What if I told you it isn’t magic?
What if I told you it was moderation??
Before I explain to you what flexible dieting is, I’d like to give you an example.
Let’s try an experiment.
I want you hold your breath as long as you can….hold it…..hold it…….what happened when you couldn’t hold it any longer?
You started breathing again, deeper, and quicker.
This is how dieting works for most people. We try really, really hard, but no matter how hard we work, we still have to breathe.
Likewise, when we are eating asparagus and tilapia, somethings gonna give.
It’s impossible to only eat “clean” foods for every meal for the rest of your life.
When most people get motivated to diet, they eat clean through the week, are so deprived, hungry and mentally weak they binge all weekend, and end up back at the starting line.
And that’s if they’re lucky!
Many end up behind the starting line over a lifetime having gained more fat because of constant yo-yo dieting.
But the trend of overweight America shows, our whole mindset towards dieting and eating in general is flawed.
Typical “diets” are a flawed and failing system!
So, how would you like to lose weight while eating foods you actually enjoy once in a while??
WHAT IS FLEXIBLE DIETING?
Flexible dieting is the name of this game.
Flexible Dieting or If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) is an approach to eating that is guilt free and simple.
You are actually eating a “macro” diet right now, just not tracking it.
You see, macros or macronutrients are described as protein, carbs and fat.
So you eat “macros” every day no matter if you are “on a diet” or “off a diet”.
With Flexible Dieting, you are assigned (either by a coach or by your own design), an amount of protein, carbs and fat to eat every day.
You’re giving structure to the macros you eat. All you have to do is choose the foods you want to eat, weigh them and track them throughout the day.
You learn to choose foods and portions that will fit your macros because every food contains a combination of protein carbs and fats.
Flexible dieting is not a “diet.” It’s simply a way of looking at food that alleviates the guilt, stress, and worry.
IS FLEXIBLE DIETING LIKE A MEAL PLAN?
Flexible dieting is not a meal plan.
It’s not flexible because you can be “flexible” and choose chicken or tilapia, brown rice or a sweet potato, its flexible because you can choose WHATEVER you want to eat, as long as they fit your macros.
This may blow your mind, but there are no good or bad foods.
Broccoli doesn’t magically make you skinny just like an Oreo wont magically make you fat.
Overeating or eating in a caloric surplus, no matter what the food type will result in weight gain.
So it comes down to the amounts, not the types of foods that you choose to eat.
That being said, most who have used this approach for any length of time will attest that some foods are MUCH more macro friendly than others.
So flexible dieting is not an excuse to eat poorly either.
You may have heard of the chocolate cake diet.
People are instructed to eat a piece of chocolate cake everyday. After a month, they lost weight over the control group who did not eat cake daily.
By knowing they would get cake every day, people were able to control their food choices and intake, and make better choices.
They used moderation.
EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
Flexible dieting follows this same approach but in a much healthier fashion.
By making foods you want to eat and enjoy eating a part of your diet, you can maintain a controlled eating approach.
So how does flexible dieting work in a real world example?
If you love pizza, you can plan your macros each day so that you could enjoy a slice every day of the week, hit your numbers, and still make progress towards your goals.
Compare this to the person that eats clean 6 days a week, then binges on a pizza, wings, and a small child on the 7th. Who do you think will eat more calories overall?
Who do you think will maintain their diet and their sanity longer?
Weight watchers point system is a similar concept, but this approach is based solely on total calories.
Flexible dieting breaks things down one step further into the macronutrients, which are protein, carbs and fats.
While anyone can assign a total calorie number, the manipulation of the individual macro amounts is what sets flexible dieting apart and allows individuals to stay healthier and look their best while continuing to lose weight.
The whole thing sounds too good to be true to some, but it’s not!
As a coach, I wish I had a dollar for all the clients that said something like “I don’t understand? I’m eating (INSERT ONE-pizza, hot dogs, donuts, pancakes) and still losing weight??”
This approach changes people’s mindsets towards eating forever and it’s pretty cool!
If you are looking to learn even more and get started with the flexible dieting lifestyle, we would love to have you as part of our Flexibledieting.com Family!
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