The reason why I can still eat burgers (big double to triple burgers), pasta, fries, pizza and my favorite of them all.. Ice cream! And still loose the fat.
stands for If It Fits Your Macros
The word ‘Macro’ is short for Macro Nutrient, of which there are three plus 1 consideration:
-Fiber is the 4th macro, though many in the nutrion community consier it a micro nutrient. For our purposes, fiber should be a major consideration when dieting, therfore we include it in with the other macros.
IIFYM speaks specifically to fat loss from a macro nutrition and thus a caloric stand point and is purely a means to improve body composition. IIFYM does not address health concerns of the heart, brain or other organs and does not put an emphasis on so called ‘healthy eating’. Regardless if you like to eat pizza, or boiled chicken breasts, IIFYM teaches us that if you eat less total calories than your body requires (while getting adequate protein, carbs and fat based on the needs of your own body) you will lose weight at a steady and predictable rate. IIFYM makes fat loss easy. All you have to do is stay within your daily macros and the fat will start melting off!
The Origins of IIFYM
IIFYM was haphazardly invented by a few competitive bodybuilders that grew tired of eating bland and boring food when dieting for a bodybuilding contest. The traditional bodybuilders diet is very plain, very tasteless and usually reduced to a handful of simple food options:
Chicken & turkey breast
White fish (grilled)
Oats or plain oatmeal
These are commonly referred to as ‘clean’ foods, and there are tons of them out there, all, equally flavorless and mundane. I am sure you can see how eating these things day after day, week after week for months on end would get extremely boring. Sure, the traditional bodybuilders diet has been getting athletes shredded for years, but it has also been making bodybuilders miserable for just as long. Thanks God for IIFYM!!
The athletes that came up with the IIFYM method of dieting did so for that exact reason. They were tired of eating the same tasteless things when dieting for a show.
They were sick of cutting out the food they enjoyed; the so called ‘dirty foods’.
An example of dirty foods, would be exactly what you are thinking right now. All the foods we love to eat:
All the good stuff that would surely wreck your diet if you even so much as thought about eating them. (or would they?!?!)
The IIFYM Connection
When most people start dieting the first thing they think is that they have to ‘clean up’ their diet. Perhaps they think that they need to start eating healthy or start eating ‘health food’ to lose weight. After all, we as a society have been brain washed for years about what is healthy, unhealthy, fattening, toning, good bad and everything in between.
Not so says IIFYM!
Eating clean, healthy food can certainly help you lose weight and burn fat, but there is no magical connection between ‘health food’ and weight loss.
The fat loss details are in the calories. Yup, calories. Something we all know about, but avoid like the plague.
See, eating clean accidentally causes fat loss. Here is why.
When we clean up our diets and pay no attention to calories, we automatically reduce our calorie intake.
Since our daily caloric intake accounts for the majority of body composition, it only makes sense that when we eat cleaner, we lose weight. Eating clean however is not the answer to fat loss, simply a trick or technique that helps those who don’t count calories, to lower them. The only problem is that when we eat clean and have no idea how many calories we are actually ingesting (let alone how many our body required) we end up starving ourselves, and line up our metabolism for a bounce back that is sure to have us putting on extra lbs. soon as we start eating normal again. And let’s face it, eating normal usually comes a lot sooner than we expect when eating nothing but boring diet foods.
Most people, whether they are athletes or couch potatoes know that the more you eat, the fatter you get.
And in that same line of thinking, the more ‘crap’ you eat, the faster you get fat as well.
The truth of IIFYM lies right in the middle of those two statements. MORE
Moving away from rabbit food
IIFYM teaches us that these so called ‘dirty’ foods are ok to eat as long as we stay within our own required calorie intake for the day.
What bodybuilders have known for years is that everyone is different. We all have different bodies, different metabolisms, different muscle mass and a hundred other thigns that set us apart from everyone else on this planet. This is where IIFYM shines. Rather than telling your how many calories you need based on your gender or even based on your weight loss goals, it looks at every person individually and tells them, with a made up stat of 95% certainty how many calories to eat.
IIFYM doesn’t care if you eat pizza, or chicken breast.
IIFYM doesn’t shame you if you chose ice cream over oatmeal.
Nor does IIFYM care how often you eat, or how many meals you eat in a day.
Eat the foods you love, stay within your own personal calorie range and shed weight now!
That is the basic idea behind IIFYM.
There is more to it but it really is quite simple.
Source : http://iifym.com/introduction-to-iifym/
So there, of course applicable din ito sa bulking, yung iba lang hindi yata gets yung idea ng IIFYM which is again, staying within your macro range
PRO's and CON's
As per suggestion ni sir Braso here are my OWN pro's and con's ng IIFYM.
I'm no guru or whatsoever, ito lang ay base sa sariling observation at limited experience ko.
*You could eat all the foods that you want
*No need to prepare your own food
*You need to carefully asses/count your macros or you might just end up outside your macros
Ex. Yes you can eat triple patty burgers or pizza but you should know how much you could consume in a day and adjust your other meals in accordance to your calorie needs
*It does not address health concerns
*You MAY not meet your micronutrients specially if you would eat at fastfood all day
Yan muna, feel free to add