Storm Fitness PT
I choose to follow a flexible dieting approach with my nutrition. I have a body composition goal and feel like i’m getting good results so far. Some assume that because i’m a flexible dieter all I eat is pop tarts, which might be partially my own fault (take a look at my instagram pictures), but the picture above shows the kind of things I commonly eat. For those that don’t know flexible dieting is the diet plan where you have to try and eat a certain amount of calories from protein, carbohydrates and fats (macronutrients).
When flexible dieting or IIFYM (if it fits your macros) started gaining popularity, many people dismissed it as being unhealthy, sacrificing health and wellbeing in favour of body composition, as long as you eat your designated calories then your ok.
But it’s important to remember that the calorie goal is purely a by product from hitting certain macro numbers. Hitting specific designated macronutrient targets is vital to achieving the body composition changes you’re looking for.
Eating 2500 calories of carbohydrates will result in very different physically changes to eating a 900 calories from protein, 700 from carbohydrates and 900 from fats. This will help to push you into a much healthier way of eating so that you hit the correct numbers. Eating huge portions of pizza or ice cream, isn’t going to fit your numbers, so if you are eating large quantities of these foods it’s unlikely your sticking to the appropriate numbers.
Furthermore, a fibre goal will also be an important part of what you eat, which means portions of vegetables will be a stable part of the diet, as well as carbohydrates from sources such as potatoes and rice.
However where flexible dieting has a great advantage over other eating plans, is that it doesn’t encourage you to feel guilty about eating certain foods. If you can make a chocolate bar or a piece of cake fit into your macro goals then that is fine, enjoy it and move on. Fit it into your macro goals and it won’t derail your body composition goals. No guilt, no regrets. I personally tend to try and get around 90% of my calories through sensible choices, mainly towards the start of the day, which allows me to have a little of what I fancy later on.
A meal out with friends? Choose something that fits into your macro choices, adjust the rest of the days food to help you get what want from the menu and enjoy it. No more choosing plain broccoli and chicken from the menu or choosing a pizza and then feeling like the weeks healthy eating has been ruined from wanting one good night out.
If you’re looking to change the way you look at nutrition and healthy eating then feel free to msg me and I can help teach you how to follow a sensible macronutrient plan and adjust it accordingly.