I have gotten a lot of questions about MACROS and why I am choosing to use this approach to weight loss over Weight Watchers. Here are my thoughts and my why….
I have been on my Weight Watchers journey since May 2016 after I had my son and I was ready to shed my baby weight and more. I love Weight Watchers because it is an easy plan for busy moms like myself to follow. I have been able to successfully lose 65ish pounds using the program. Then my weight loss began to plateau and I was just not working the program like I wanted to. This summer I began to really analyze my food choices and question what I was fueling my body with. I had gotten lazy with my food choices and using my points for snacks and treats instead of food that would really fill me and keep me satisfied. I started to research better choices and remembered a great resource I had used in the past…MACROS.
A few years ago I was introduced to a great coach named Paige VanDemark. Paige has her own Nutritional Coaching business Flex Coaching by Paige. There are many advantages to having a Nutritional Coach to get you started and make the most of your IIFYM journey. When I first worked with Paige I was not ready to take the full Macros plunge. I had just had my fourth baby and was completely overwhelmed with life. In July I knew I was ready to embark on my journey. Paige was able to calculate my personal Macro numbers based on my weight loss goals and fitness level. I also check in with her twice a week so we can discuss any of my concerns and to make any tweaks needed. I have never felt so confident in a weight loss journey before. Every time I check in with her she makes me feel like I can do this despite any obstacles that are put in my way. One of the best things I did was find an IIFYM coach to help me embark on my journey.
So what exactly is Flexible Dieting? I asked for some help from Paige so I could make sure I had the right information to share with you.
Flexible dieting is somewhat similar to counting calories, but a bit more specific, and in turn, quite a bit more rewarding! Instead of just counting calories, flexible dieting (also known as ‘if it fits your macros’) involves counting and working towards macronutrient goals- grams of carbs, fat, and protein instead of just said overall calories. By keeping track of those using a food diary site or app like My Fitness Pal, My Net Diary, or My Macros + to journal foods, flexible dieters are able to enjoy a variety of foods without restrictions like cutting out certain food groups, banning restaurant eating, entirely removing alcohol, or taking out sweets. In moderation, if these things can ‘fit’ into one’s macros, they are all ok. Most people who follow flexible dieting subscribe to an ’80/20′ rule- 80% ‘healthy’ eating with micronutrient-dense foods but then with 20% ‘fun’ foods to make up the rest of one’s intake.
Counting macros instead of solely counting calories means that weight can be manipulated, like with just calories, but also, body composition, performance, and overall health can also be bettered and improved. Flexible dieting can be used for any goal whatsoever- fat loss, muscle gain, sports performance, weight maintenance, and anything else that one can think of- in addition to being customizable for both personal preferences and any specific health conditions or needs, making it a viable option for almost anyone, no matter their activity level- sedentary individuals to weekend warriors to elite athletes, and everyone in between, too!
Does this sound like something your personally would like to learn more about? You can find out more about Paige on Facebook or email her at iifymcoachingbypaigatgmaildotcom. Tell her Healthy Mom on the Run sent you .