What is IIFYM?
I.I.F.Y.M. is an acronym for If It Fits Your Macros. It is also referred to as “flexible dieting” or “following macros.” The concept behind If It Fits Your Macronutrients is that fat loss, muscle gain, and weight maintenance are all possible while eating a variety of foods that you actually enjoy while staying within your macro(fat, carbohydrates, and protein) targets. Macros is short for Macronutrients. The human body requires three macronutrients: fat, carbohydrates, and protein.
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Success is achieved by meeting your macro (fat, protein, and carbohydrate) targets and eating a specific target number of grams per day of carbohydrates (including fiber), proteins, and fats.
First, you must establish macro target numbers. We can help you with this!
Second, you will track the food you eat and enter it into a food diary or fitness app.
Fats(lipids), Protein, and Carbohydrates(sugar),
Each of these macronutrients provides energy in the form of calories to sustain us. For example:
In fats, there are 9 calories per gram
In proteins, there are 4 calories per gram
And in carbs, there are 4 calories per gram
No! Weight loss/gain/maintenance is 100% calories in versus calories out. Eat a majority of things that are healthy, yes, but also eat what you ENJOY- if that’s tilapia and veggies, great! If that’s Poptarts- great! As long as by the end of the night you are hitting your calorie and macro targets, that is all that matters for weight and body composition- not the composition OF your macros. Do keep in mind, though, that MICROnutrients also matter- for your best health, do try to have fruits, veggies, and a balanced diet.
Let me repeat that: Only an excess of CALORIES can make you gain weight- not any specific macronutrient OR FOOD.