Fads & myths: IIFYM

06 June, 2018 Nutrition

IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) is truly a myth. Make no mistake, tracking your macronutrients and IIFYM are a very effective method that yields long term results if done correctly and is a method that I use with my online DIYPT clients as well as my face to face clients.

A quick definition. Macronutrients are the nutrients which our body needs plenty of ie. carbohyrdates, protein and fats. Each of us, depending on many factors have a certain amount of carbohydrates, protein and fat our body needs everyday. If you want me to calculate your personalized macronutrients, feel free to contact us or add a comment below.

Where I have a problem with IIFYM is when it is taken too literally, eating whatever you’d like just as long as it fits your macros. IIFYM suggests that no food is off limits, eating junk food and highly processed foods like chocolate, French fries and ice cream, just as long as it fits your macros. I used to work with a Personal Trainer who used to eat ice cream and white rice for dinner! I almost puked when I saw it. And to justify it, he would say “It’s ok, it’s Skinny Cow ice cream”. We would have many debates about IIFYM and of course, he never would listen. His way obviously didn’t work, his body never looked the part.

So with my clients we ensure 80-90% of their food for the day is from high quality, non-processed, healthy food because eating low quality, highly processed food and large portions means you might be missing important vitamins and minerals.

Also food tracking has the potential to lead to some unhealthy food behaviors. You shouldn't obsess about getting the exact right number of calories and macronutrients every day—listening to your body and giving it the nutrition it needs is more important than hitting certain numbers.

If you do need help with your nutrition, contact us for a free consult.