Flexible Dieting VS. IIFYM
Q: What is IIFYM?
A: IIFYM stands for If It Fits Your Macros.
Macros stands for macro-nutrients that consist of Protein, Carbohydrates, and Dietary Fats.
“Simply, IIFYM is the counting of macro-nutrients to achieve a body composition goal.”
1) You calculate your macros at https://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator/.
2)Once you get your numbers, follow them strictly on a day to day basis.
Q: What is Flexible Dieting
A: I’m sure people have different definitions for flexible dieting. Some say IIFYM is the same thing as Flexible Dieting. I thought the same thing at one point but it’s not.
With Flexible Dieting you have less restriction.
Just like you calculate your numbers in IIFYM, you do the same with Flexible Dieting. This time though, instead of following all your macro-nutrient numbers strictly, you are open to more flexibility.
1) Follow your Protein intake.
2) Play around with your Carb and Fat numbers to your liking, just as long as you still stay in your overall calorie range.
Ex.) Say you want to eat more carbs that day. You just subtract from your fats, or vice versa.
Also, if you go over one day, you can subtract from the next day so your weekly average will remain the same.
This is something I am practicing now instead of IIFYM and I’m enjoying it a lot more.
It all comes down to what your goals are. If you are bikini prepping for a show, obviously IIFYM will probably work better in that scenario. Now, if you’re just trying to find something sustainable, go with Flexible Dieting.