Why What You Think About Flexible Dieting (IIFYM) Is Wrong:
The following are some reasons why what you think about flexible dieting (IIFYM) is wrong.
1. Your Body Doesn’t Need To Be “Hardened” For A Long Period Of Time And Can Get Fat Even On A Low Calorie Diet!
You might have heard the term IIFYM before. That stands for “Intermittent Fasting, Muscle Gain, and Fat Loss”.
Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
But let’s take a closer look at these terms.
Flexible dieting refers to a type of weight loss plan where you restrict your calories during certain times of the day or week. This means that you eat less than your body needs every single day and then consume all the food you want when you’re not restricting yourself from eating anything else.
Some people use this method to lose weight. However, I don’t see how it helps them lose fat. They might get leaner but they won’t get rid of their excess belly fat because they still have too much muscle mass.
If you’re wondering what happens to the extra muscle when you gain weight, it just gets stored as fat.
This is just one of the many errors that people make when they try to lose weight and get healthy. The human body is an amazing thing that bounces back even when you mistreat it. If you don’t give your body adequate rest, it will just keep going and going until it breaks down.
When you exercise regularly or engage in physical activity on a regular basis, the body gets used to this new routine. It builds more lean muscle mass to help you perform whatever activity you’re doing. If you stop lifting weights or engaging in physical activity for a few weeks, then your body will slowly lose the lean muscle mass that you built up.
People who think that they can get away with not lifting weights for months or even years are in for a big surprise. Their muscles will waste away and their strength will be greatly reduced. This is why you need to engage in some form of physical activity on a regular basis if you want to maintain your health and prevent your body from breaking down.
Another thing that flexible dieting teaches is to stop restricting yourself from eating anything. It’s fine to have a cheat meal once a week and you should never feel guilty about eating something that you like even if it’s not good for you.
This approach seems to make a lot of sense at first glance but people can take it too far with this mindset. Some people will justify eating unhealthy foods even though they’re trying to get in shape. Some people will eat whatever they want even if they know it’s bad for them.
You can’t just let yourself eat anything that you want and expect to get positive results. You still have to exercise portion control or you will gain weight, no matter how “clean” your diet is.
2. You’re Probably Already Doing A Lot Of What IIFYM Advocates Preach
It’s easy to get caught up in all the things that people tell you about what you “should” be doing to get into better shape. It can get confusing and overwhelming pretty quickly if you let it.
The truth of the matter is, a lot of these things that you’re being told are stuff that you already know or are probably doing already.
For example, did you know that eating before a workout helps to improve your performance?
There’s no need to go overboard with eating crazy big meals before you lift weights. Just having some protein and carbs about an hour or so before your scheduled workout is usually enough to help you lift more weight for longer. You probably already know that you’re not going to get lean by eating empty calories.
Eating a high protein diet and getting enough healthy fat in your diet are typically the basics of flexible dieting that most people can agree on. You probably already know that vegetables are good for you and fruit is good for you so there’s no need to go overboard with how much you eat. Just eat the healthy stuff in moderation like you already know that you should be doing.
3. All Diets Work As Long As You Stick To Them
The great thing about flexible dieting is that it’s pretty easy to follow. It’s flexible so you have a lot of choices for what you can and cannot eat. There’s no calorie restriction or meal timing restrictions so you don’t really have to worry about having a lot of rules to follow.
You might be wondering if this approach will work if it’s so relaxed. The truth is, as long as you eat when you’re supposed to be and don’t go over on your calories, you’re going to lose weight if you’re doing enough of the other stuff (like lifting weights and getting enough sleep).
The best part about flexible dieting is that it’s so relaxed that you might actually have success with it. Some diets can be really restrictive and can even lead to binge eating because of the cravings that are brought on by the diet.
The flexible dieting approach is the best of both worlds. You get to eat what you want within reason (you can’t go crazy and feast on junk all day) and still get to see results if you stick with it.
So Is IIFYM Right For You?
Flexible dieting isn’t for everyone, nor is it a unique concept. When it comes down to it, all diets work by restricting calories in some way. The only thing that matters is how much you restrict your calories and if you can adhere to the diet.
If counting calories works for you and you don’t mind counting them forever then go for it. The same goes for flexible dieting.
IIFYM might be great now but what about in a few months from now?
Keep in mind that all of the other stuff you “should” be doing to improve your health and fitness are still important.
Remember, there is no magic bullet. The only way to get results is by consistently doing what you need to do. If IIFYM or flexible dieting help you do that then you will get the results that you’re looking for.
The only way you won’t get the results that you want is if you give up on your diet or switch to another one when it gets hard.
It’s up to you to make the final decision on which approach is best for you. If your goal is to lose weight, then just picking anything and sticking with it will most likely get you there (so don’t over think it too much).
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Sources & references used in this article:
IIFYM: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly by WIW Wrong – peak-muscle.com
Paleo vs Low Carb vs IIFYM by D Hudson
Conquering Binge Eating: My Struggle with Food by D Hudson