While I was pregnant and looking up postpartum exercises I ran across a blog that discussed eating for your macros, flexible eating, or IIFYM. I was really intrigued by the concept and started doing research on what all it entailed as well as how it works. After reading through quite a few sites I decided that I wanted to give it a go.
What is IIFYM?
In short, the goal is to eat a certain amount of macronutrients(carbs, fats, protein) in a day. If you want to swap out a salad for a burger at Wendy’s and it fits into your daily macros, you can. This is the biggest difference between clean eating and macro eating. You don’t have to deprive yourself of any type of food if it fits your macros.
Honestly, I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t be interested in trying this way of eating. With cheat days you just binge eat everything in sight then feel terrible the next day. Flexible eating allows you to “cheat” whenever you want without all of the guilt. Of course, if you make your whole daily macro intake crap food you will feel like crap but if you swap out a meal for something you want, great! This way of eating also rocks when it comes to going out with friends. You don’t have to feel guilty or say no because of your “diet”. You can just watch your macros for the day and enjoy that delicious meal with everyone else!
As of Monday, we started giving macro eating a try. All the recipes I’ve been cooking are all new and from a variety of health sites. So far all of them have been pretty tasty and have kept me full. I think the hardest part is making sure I eat everything I’m supposed to in one day since it consists of 6 meals and breakfast is always the hardest for me to eat. Unfortunately, Wednesday came and I became ill as well as my newborn so that has put a big halt on exercising which in turn makes me less hungry to eat all of the meals. However, today I’m feeling much better and its the weekend so daddy is home to help out.
While I am giving IIFYM a shot I will be sharing all of my recipes, keeping track of my weight loss, and posting all my macro fitting treats for everyone to drool. Have any of you tried IIFYM?