Today we will be taking a look at a diet that is steadily increasing in popularity as more and more people hear about it, the If It Fits Your Macros diet or “IFITYM”. The idea behind the diet is that you are able to eat any food that you wish provided that the total calorie count and macronutrient breakdown fits within your plan.
For example, you can get your carbs from something that is considered healthy like a sweet potato or from something considered unhealthy like cereal. IFITYM is one of the diets that definatley has people split down the middle on if it is worth it or not though as if you fill your calories with nothing but junk food then you can have problems.
For example, junk food is usually smaller in volume and can often lead to hunger pains if it is all you eat. In addition to this, it is also often low in vitamins and minerals leading to a deficiency or the need to supplement with a decent multivitamin.
On the flipside of this though, the diet does have a number of die-hard people who live by it but we would like to point out that this is often down to lifestyle. For example, the IFITYM diet is popular with powerlifters who train a whole bunch but don’t really care about looks and will often look over weight even if they eat healthy. This is due to the sheer number of calories that they eat to increase their strength to such high levels.
Due to this, many powerlifters choose to use the IFITYM diet as it allows them to eat more enjoyable foods while still getting all of the macro requirements for their sport of choice. In addition to this, due to a powerlifter often eating so much anyway, they will rarely get hunger pains either and chances are, they would be supplementing with a multivitamin anyway.
So this pretty much rounds off our short article on the IFITYM and at the end of the day it comes down to you, your lifestyle, and your own personal goals. If you are wanting something for weight loss then we would recommend that you check out the ketogenic diet as it has an excellent track record and a great reputation.