Flexible dieting or IIFYM (If it fits your macros)
I've tried a lot of diets and crash diets name it all, i might have tried it or a variation of it.
But flexible dieting is the only one that made a lot of sense to me. Most sustainable too because it does not tell you to avoid the usual foods that you are eating, it just teaches you the macros of your food and how to control your portions. That is why when you get into flexible dieting, you dont see food as clean, or fatty, or sweet, or vegetarian, healthy or whatever. Whenever you see food you ctend to clasify them as fat, protein, carbs. This is when you will realize why your body never developed the way you wanted it to be because you of factors like: youve been eating waaaaay to much carbs or fats in a day or you were never consuming enough protein which are essential in building muscle. bodybuilders will find out how much protein they really need while individuals trying to lose weight will realize how much damage those starbucks frappuccinos have been doing to their bodies.
there are a few things i did to really nail down my goals.
1) Buy a digital food weighing scale - if you have never bought one of these you will NEVER understand flexible dieting or wont be able to accurately track your macros and understand how much fat carbs and protein is in your food.
2) Download MY FITNESS PAL APP - this is the fun part. this is where you log all your food items and track your progress. it seems too damn confusing at first but once you see that all your chippy, jollibee, mcdo, starbucks drinks, ligo sardines, quaker oats, purefoods corned beef and almost all pinoy local grocery items all there already you will not stop using it. all you need to do is scan the barcode of your food and be familiar with serving sizes and you are good to go.
3) Read https://healthyeater.com/flexible-dieting
4) watch youtube videos about tracking macros using myfitnesspal app.
well, goodluck everyone. whether you are bulking, or trying to slim down tracking macros is a must!