Updated: Dec 12, 2020
Published: 8/1/2017 | Revised: 9/23/2018
I published a webinar on this very topic; I’ll give some descriptors / keywords / hashtags.
If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYMs) isn’t anything new – as I told someone who DM/ed me, Young-fitness-minded people on social media..recycled / redefined it.
Furthermore, ever hear bodybuilders say, “cheat days?”
Now…it’s cheat everyday and boast about it w/ friends! Binge party time!
Because, social media seems to boast about it..it must work for everyone? No?
Here's what to consider....
✔ who / why –
✔ who’s promoting this system?
I’ll leave it here for right now.
Actually, our parents followed this common protocol. So, no…social media did NOT create it..again, like a lot of things …recycled into a metabolic-wrecking-ball (disguised as a fit-all-type).
What do I mean… our parents followed before us?
Well, first of all, let me define: IIFYM / protocol…it’s based on a caloric-setpoint
example: a caloric-setpoint: 2,000 calories per day..he or she should not exceed it.
Now, flexible dieting is conjoined w/ IIFYM. Flexible dieting just means…s/he consumes junk food – NOT exceeding the (cookie cutter) caloric-setpoint! So, again, it’s a cheat-day, every day!
Now, what did I mean…our parents approach? WAS I SERIOUS?
Yea! If you understand the protocol…you’ll notice the premise, calories in / out approach to weight loss / management.
How many of a certain age (let’s not forget genetics and all things)…are successful w/ calories in and out approach?
Well, I can testify w/ a vast body of evidence and experience…not many! Each person has a story / genetic profile and reasoning for doing something.
What are the outcomes? Why’s this bad?
Because, there’s more focus on calories than actual-quality-food. In my experience: some people create a caloric deficit through: dietary and exercise. Or, some individuals over-consume junk-food and create a micronutrient deficiency.
Yes, this happens when focusing on…just calories!
As I told my friend, “focusing on just calories…takes responsibility away from making better choices.”
As a result: I see people w/ micronutrient deficiencies and eating disorders! Some people over or under-eat.
Ouch, what a metabolic-wrecking-ball!
What makes it even worse?
Some doctors and registered dietitians push (common protocols) for weight loss / management. And, some of them have the audacity to criticize (informed people) by calling them…orthorexic! Smh.
Again, our parents were a victim of (inadequate nutrition / dietary advice). I doubt it served them well, and I doubt it will serve you well.
The best way to lose weight and sustain… create a caloric deficit?
Sometimes, however, simplifying it to just calories..can create a biochemical disaster = a metabolic-wrecking-ball = metabolic stress / damage. So, to answer your question, I doubt this is sustainable, and beneficial.