Counting macros is a great approach to dieting because it allows people to have options when it comes to what they eat. Counting macros is done by first finding your daily needs (in grams) based on your goal for carbs, protein and fat.
From there you track the foods you eat in a calorie counting app such as my Fitnesspal. The principle behind flexible dieting is it does not matter what foods you choose as long as your hit your daily macronutrient targets. Sounds pretty awesome right? Agreed.
What are the benefits?
You have a new found freedom with your diet. You no longer have to miss out on social situations involving food or drink because with macro counting you can make it fit your macro if you plan accordingly!
Flexible dieting creates a healthy relationship with food. It also teaches people proper food choices and portion control as if you fill your macros up with too much junk, you find yourself very hungry at the end of the day.
When you begin to flexible diet you will no longer look at certain foods as good or “clean” and other foods as bad or forbidden. With flexible dieting you are able to eat the foods you love, not feel deprived and still reach all your goals. Flexible dieting is really for everyone, you will no longer feel like you are cheating when you want to have some ice cream or pop tarts because no foods are considered off limits. Flexible dieting also means much less overeating. Why? Because you have a different mentality when it comes to food now. You will no longer feel deprived therefore that all or nothing mentality of eating is gone.
What are the downfalls?
Because this type of dieting is not focused on type of foods people will tend to favour junk food at the start of this diet and will lack nutrient rich foods. You must still fill up on quality foods first. It takes practice to learn how to hit your macros at the start and people can become very obsessive about hitting their numbers bang on each time. It is okay to be within 5-10 grams of each.
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