For countless moments on the internet or otherwise, we all have tried to look for a diet that would not only let us eat all our favorite food items, but also help us lose weight and become ripped in the process. However, such a thing only seemed like a boon from the Gods, if not anything else.
But owing to all the recent developments in the fitness front, experts from the field have come up with a diet plan that not only lets you gorge on your coveted pizza, but also helps you stay healthy and fit in the process. And this diet is none other than the IIFYM.
What is IIFYM?
IIFYM stands for “If It Fits Your Macros”. The two main players in this diet are calories (of course) and macronutrients.
For years, it was believed that as long as you stuck to the conventional diet (brown rice, egg whites, broccoli, chicken breast, etc.) you were on the right path to get big and healthy. Then came the notion of calories; if you stayed within a limited calorie count, it would decide whether you lose or gain weight. But the new development to this theory of losing or gaining weight is macronutrients, and how you get enough of those in your diet to remain your ideal weight. Macronutrients are basically your protein, carb and fat intake, and this, along with calories, is what constitutes the backbone of the IIFYM diet.
IIFYM explained in layman words, is essentially “eating the set amount of calories and hitting your protein target of the day; doing so with whatever food item that you want.”
Does it really work?
Although it sounds like THE dream diet to follow, most of you must be asking yourselves this: does this thing really work? If yes, then how exactly?
The IIFYM diet works, depending upon your food intake. If you manage to meet your calorie and macronutrient requirements, then it has a sure shot chance of working, and giving you the results you desire. This particular diet is really flexible, and can be followed by everyone and anyone looking for an easy way out of the hassles of conventional dieting methods. When done right, the IIFYM diet works as a solid balance between moderation and flexibility.
But if you are not careful, this diet may end up damaging more than helping you get over your dietary concerns.
Let us consider a scenario where you have to consume 2200 calories per day. Knowing how normally people think when it comes to food, you might just end up eating healthy only till your protein requirement is over, and the rest of the calories are sufficed by junk. This is exactly what will not help you lose any weight, and create health problems for you instead.
Therefore, in order to maintain your physique, you will have to balance your diet with both the healthy and the junk, going by the IIFYM.