If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) Concept

If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) Concept

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There is a common term, IIFYM, that goes around in the weight lifting industry. This means “if it fits your macros.”

Many strength lifters will eat nearly anything they want: burgers, burritos, fast food, ice cream, cookies, sweets, fried foods, etc. And some people think, how is it that they maintain such good shape, while eating whatever the heck they want?

But the trick is that most of the time they’re not really eating whatever they want and in fact, it is a tracked formula.

When you read my article about nutrition, you learned about the three macronutrients of foods (carbohydrates, fats, and protein). These lifters are still eating within the context of their macros; however, they have prepared or adjusted their diets to account for those foods. Or they are on their “cheat day” where they have accounted for those foods, again.

You can still lose body fat and gain muscle by sticking to your macronutrient requires. The foods can be clean or “dirty,” but to our body, they’re all the same.

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However, when you follow IIFYM, you’ll discover, it’s difficult to eat fast food or any other “dirty” foods because you’ll need to plan a strategy on how to include them.

It’s difficult to meet your specific intake when you try to include these other foods.

Regardless, as long as you realize what you’re eating, you should be able to eat anything you want.

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