So just what IS flexible dieting and why do my clients love it?
Flexible dieting (or IIFYM) is a way of eating that allows you the flexibility to eat all kinds of foods, as long as they fit within a prescription. This prescription is very personalized to you: your goal, current fitness and activity levels, your day job, stress levels, eating habits, health conditions, family history, etc.
I work with my clients to determine just how many calories they need to be eating daily, along with the gram amounts of the three major macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fat. I also pay very close attention to their sugar intake, fiber intake, and micronutrients, like vitamins and minerals. Certain clients benefit from eating a different set of calories and macronutrients on training and non-training days.
I encourage a holistic approach to eating, a diet made up of real, wholesome foods of fibrous vegetables and lean proteins. If a client is having trouble hitting some micronutrients, I will assist them with supplementation; such as iron for energy and magnesium for muscle cramps.
This diet works well for anyone with any kind of food allergies, such as a gluten or dairy intolerance. Oftentimes these clients find out just how imbalanced their diet has become because of their allergies. I help them find different sources of protein, fat and carbohydrates to keep them healthy and allergy-free, but to assist them with hitting just the right amount of macronutrients they need for optimum fat loss and sustained energy levels.
How does it work? You track your foods in a calorie-tracking application, such as My Macros + or MyFitnessPal.
It's really that simple. It's flexible because you can eat things like doughnuts, ice cream and pasta and drink beer. Probably not all in the same day; or even the same meal, but you can make it fit into your macro prescription; and lose weight!
I help my clients with meal prep, planning their food throughout the day, eating out at restaurants, and optimization of nutrient timing. I also discuss supplementation for optimum results with things like protein powders and fish oil. In my Level 2 option; I provide daily accountability by checking in with my clients at the end of every day.
It does require some planning and weighing and measuring (at first) to hit your macros perfectly every day. But, over time my clients find that they learn what 5 ounces of fish looks like, how much bread they can eat before going over their carbohydrate grams, and that they need protein in the morning with breakfast or they never hit their protein for the day.
It's a learning process - but my clients love it and say they'll never try to another "fad" diet again - no more strict Paleo or Adkins diet. For the first time in their lives, clients learn that they actually NEED carbohydrates.
And the results can't be denied! I keep my clients accountable with weekly progress pictures and measurements. We calculate body fat at the beginning and at the end. But the photos are always the best part. And needing to go clothes shopping when nothing fits anymore. ;)
Here's a recent picture of me from a few days ago, because you better practice what you preach!
I'd love to help you on your flexible dieting journey! I am taking clients on a rolling basis; please check out my Nutrition page for the three levels of coaching that I offer to best suit your needs as well as client testimonials. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.