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The nutrition field is very dynamic and ever changing. There seems to always be a hot new trend flooding the market. The newest nutrition trend is termed “flexible dieting” or “counting your macros”. This week, we’re taking a look at what this really means and see if it’s right for you.
Flexibility in choosing your foods
Counting your macros means tracking the specific amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats you consume each day. Many people use an online app to do so. Usually, you have a specific number of each “macronutrient” (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) set for you by a coach. This number is determined by your goal, your age, your activity level, your gender and your weight/height. Your job is to hit those specific targets each day. This gives you the flexibility to choose the foods you want to hit your targets. If you are someone who enjoys rice, you can eat rice to hit your carbohydrate grams. If you prefer fruit, you can use fruit instead. You also have the option to include some type of treat within your plan as well. For example, if you are planning to have some ice cream, which has a good amount of carbohydrate grams, you would utilize that for some of your carbohydrate grams on that day.
Personalized for you goals
Flexible dieting is also personalized for the individual and their goal. This means that your diet can be customized for different outcomes. If the individual is more active and performance is a goal then their specific amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats will be different than for someone who is looking to lean out. It’s also customized for your age, gender, height and weight. Fiber goals are usually provided as well which encourages healthy food choices. Therefore, although you can have some treats in your diet, fruits and veggies are going to be a staple.
Long term sustainability
One very attractive feature of flexible dieting is its long-term success and sustainability. We all know someone (or maybe we’ve done it ourselves) that has lost a lot of weight quickly on a restrictive diet, only to regain it all or perhaps more back. Flexible dieting takes the “shame” away from eating bad foods. It gives you the option to have something you desire without feeling like you’ve blown it. Flexible dieting also doesn’t have the “all or nothing” approach to it which makes it attractive for long-term success.
Flexible dieting has many great benefits and can easily assist in achieving ideal body composition, freedom from food shame or restrictive dieting and provide long-term success. It requires a commitment to weigh, measure and track your food and work closely with a coach in the beginning. If you think it’s right for you and you’re ready to get after your goals check out our Accelerator Nutrition Program for more information.