Flexible eating is also referred to as the “If It Fits Your Macros” diet is simply counting protein, carbohydrate and fat calories as opposed to individual calories to achieve your weight loss goal. The diet is considered flexible as you can eat any macronutrient (protein, carb or fat) as long as you don’t exceed that day’s calorie allotment for that category.
For example, if you are “allowed” 150 grams of carbs each day, those carbs can come from baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, french fries or potato chips, as long as the total grams and calories does not exceed your allowed 150 grams. Naturally, this diet is more effective and more filling if you choose the lower calorie, healthier baked potato, allowing you to eat more and still stay within your daily numbers.
How Flexible eating Works
To start, calculate how many calories you need to maintain or lose weight, then break that down into how many grams of carbs, proteins, and fats you will take in each and every day to reach those calories. For the flexible aspect, you can pick and choose any foods you want as long as at the end of the day you match your calculated numbers. Your total fat loss is directly related by the total number of calories you consume and not exceeding your daily goal. Those who love this approach claim you can eat anything you like and still lose weight.
Flexible eating suggests that there are no weight loss foods, that there are no good or bad foods, just macros. Those three macros are Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates. One gram of protein contains 4 calories, one gram of carbs contains 4 calories and one gram of fat contains 9 calories. Flexible Dieters track the total calories of each of these 3 macronutrients. An example would be eating 150g Protein, 80g Fat, 170g Carbohydrate for a total of 2000 calories.
Will Flexible Eating Work For You?
Yes, if you burn more calories than you eat, regardless of where the calories come from, you will lose weight. Additionally, when you get your daily intake of carbs, protein, and fat in the proper proportions, this will help preserve your lean muscle mass and burn more body fat stores.
Unfortunately, if you do not make smart food choices in each category, you may lose weight, but you will not necessarily be healthy. Eating foods that are not healthy just because they “fit” your macros, you put yourself at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Focus on eating clean healthy foods to keep your diet and your health on track.