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Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Flexible dieting, also known as "If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)" is a popular approach to nutrition that focuses on counting macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) rather than restricting certain foods. It allows for a more relaxed approach to dieting and encourages the consumption of a variety of foods, as long as they fit into your daily macro goals.


  1. Customization: Flexible dieting allows you to tailor your diet to your specific needs and goals. Whether you are looking to build muscle, lose weight, or maintain your current weight, you can adjust your macro goals to fit your unique situation.

  2. No Food Restrictions: Unlike traditional diets that may prohibit certain foods, flexible dieting allows you to eat anything you want as long as it fits within your macro goals. This means that you can enjoy your favorite foods without feeling guilty or restricted.

  3. Increased Awareness: By tracking your macros, you become more aware of what you are eating and the macronutrient content of different foods. This increased awareness can help you make more informed choices and make healthier food choices in the long run.

  4. Sustainable: Unlike crash diets or fad diets, flexible dieting is a sustainable approach to nutrition. You can maintain this approach for the long-term and make it a permanent part of your lifestyle.


  1. Time-Consuming: Tracking your macros can be time-consuming, especially at the beginning. You may need to measure and weigh your food, and track your macros in an app or on paper.

  2. Requires Dedication: Flexible dieting requires dedication and discipline to stick to your macro goals. If you're not committed to tracking your macros, it can be easy to slip up and eat more than you intended.

  3. Not Ideal for Beginners: Flexible dieting can be confusing for those who are new to nutrition and may not know how to count macros accurately. It may be helpful to consult with a dietitian or nutritionist to get started.

  4. May Neglect Micro-Nutrients: While tracking macro-nutrients is important, it's also important to get enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber from a variety of food sources. Flexible dieting can lead to a lack of variety in your diet and neglect of these essential micro-nutrients.

In conclusion, flexible dieting can be a great approach to nutrition for those who are committed and dedicated to tracking their macro goals. However, it's not for everyone and may not be the best approach for beginners or those looking for a more relaxed approach to dieting. As with any diet, it's important to find what works best for you and your individual needs and goals.

-Coach Andi


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