Flexible Dieting Essay

861 words - 4 pages

If you want to lose weight and obtain a body that all the ladies and men would jump off cliffs for, you must eat clean food! A decent amount of people who weightlift and exercise on a daily basis believe that in order to lose or gain weight and achieve their desired body, they must eat “clean” foods. In other words, they avoid foods that are fried, oily, and high in fats and carbs and only eat foods that are low in calories, fats, and carbs. They believe that tracking calories, fats, carbs, and proteins, is unnecessary as long as you eat the right food. By segregating foods into good and bad, they are limited to only so many foods and eventually; they will become sick of eating the same foods over and over. However, with flexible dieting, such as (IIFYM), short for “If It Fits Your Macros”, people can lose or gain weight by tracking calories, micro and macronutrients. By doing so, they are free to eat whatever they please as long as they hit their calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients for the day.
The flexible dieting program, IIFYM, is based on an idea that as long as what you are eating hits your macronutrient goals of fats, carbs, proteins, and fibers, then it is okay to eat it. With that being said, people who track their calories and macronutrients can eat what they want without feeling guilty about themselves. People who eat “clean” often gain weight because they are not tracking the amount of calories they are consuming and eating clean leads to eating disorders such as binging. Binges in food occur when people deprived themselves from foods that they are not able to consume and it causes them to go on a “cheat day”, where they eat whatever they want without taking a second look at how much calories they are eating. Therefore, tracking calories allows for a variety of food options for people to choose from and not have to worry about going on binges, which leads to gaining weight.
Tracking calories and macronutrients can help people lose weight more efficiently than eating clean. Many people assume that by focusing on eating “clean”, it will help them lose fat but that is not always the case. At first, they may lose some weight but eventually, they will hit a plateau and their weight will stay the same. To continue to lose weight, it is required that they go on a caloric deficit. A caloric deficit is when a person eats fewer calories than their body needs in order to lose...

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