Every few years a brand new craze hits the market and people flock towards it in hopes of losing their belly and revealing a sexy six-pack.
A few years ago, the paleo diet was the new craze and now it’s split between the ketogenic diet and flexible eating. Over here at Servedhealthy, our goal is to produce content that promotes health. I don’t advocate crash diets even though I’ve written about them.
I’m not the kind of person who will shoot down a diet for no reason, especially if it provides great results for people.
What I do have a problem with is diets that are dangerous, specifically starvation diets.
However, it’s not every day that I encounter a diet where starvation isn’t even a factor anymore, on the contrary, there are little to no restrictions on flexible dieting and it piqued my interest!
Without further ado, let’s dig into flexible dieting and get a good idea of whether or not it’s an effective eating protocol for weight loss and health.
What Is Flexible Dieting?
Flexible dieting, also known as If It Fits Your Macros, is a diet plan that depends solely on macronutrients over calories and types of foods.
Essentially, there are 3 main macronutrients in all food and they are protein, fats and carbohydrates. According to most flexible dieters, the body does not distinguish between healthy and unhealthy food when breaking it down. It simply identifies the macronutrients in all food that is consumed – end of story.
So, rather than restricting your diet to healthy food options like vegetables, fruits, healthy meats, nuts and seeds, you can eat anything you want provided that it meets your daily macronutrient requirements for either weight loss, maintenance or weight gain.
Now, calories do play role in this diet but now in the way most people expect. You will first need to calculate your TDEE – Total Daily Energy Expenditure which will allow you to calculate your macro ratios that will assist you in developing the body composition you are working towards.
Thereafter, the only thing you have to do is track your macronutrient intake with the intention of hitting your desired goal.
So, rather than aiming to track 2500 calories in a day of consumption, you would track the amount of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
How Is This Any Different Than Tracking Calories?
To be honest, I don’t really believe there’s much of a difference because at the end of the day if your goal is to lose weight and you’ve consumed too many calories to be in a deficit, you won’t lose weight. It’s as simple as that.
The shiniest factor of this diet is the option to eat whatever you want to if it meets your daily macronutrient ratio. Which means that you aren’t restricted to eating only a specific type of food.
Many people who flexible diet don’t deprive themselves of foods that are regarded as unhealthy.
If your only goal is to change the composition of your body, flexible dieting can work. If you meticulously track all your macronutrients each and every day, losing weight or gaining weight shouldn’t be a problem for you. This can work.
- Is this a long-term solution? I don’t think so.
- Is this a healthy solution? I definitely don’t think so.
- Is this something I would do? Not in the traditional way.
Looking good is incredibly important to me but feeling good matters more. A flat stomach or a six-pack isn’t necessarily an indicator of good health.
I personally know of people, close relatives, who are thin but ridiculously unhealthy and unhappy with how they feel on the inside. They don’t care about what they eat as long as they look lean. But, the consumption of junk food comes with a host of health implications that we cannot afford to ignore anymore.
How To Use Flexible Dieting To Lose Weight And Be Healthy
I know, I know, I just said that that I don’t think flexible dieting is a long-term solution but I was referring to the concept of eating anything and everything.
It’s not all doom and gloom, I promise.
Flexible dieting can actually be an amazing eating protocol if you simply adjust your expectations. If you try flexible dieting and eat crap like crazy, then prepare yourself for trouble because I strongly believe that a diet high in processed junk food is horrific to health and wellness.
In the same vein, I also don’t completely agree with diets that restrict certain categories of foods or macronutrients either.
Diets like Atkins and Keto can create great results but they aren’t the only way to live healthily and look good at the same time.
Not all carbohydrates are bad, not all protein sources are bad and not all fats are bad.
If you were to adjust flexible dieting in a way where you eat all food groups but in moderation and opt for healthier alternatives, I think it can work superbly and I’d be interested in flexible dieting if that’s the case.
I want to eat burgers, I want to have a cake and so on.
I may not eat the crap you find at restaurants or fast food places but I’d be more than happy to make a burger using healthy ingredients or make a black bean brownie with protein powder.
Personally, I want to look good, feel good and eat good.
Deprivation, starvation and binge eating are words I don’t want to associate myself with.
That’s where I think flexible dieting can come into play. It’s only going to work if you have the willpower to control yourself, opt for the healthier alternative and still include a ton of vegetables in your diet.
For more information on flexible dieting (if it fits your macros), I strongly recommend you check out this site.
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