Flexible Dieting (Or commonly known as If It Fits Your Macros) is simply the tracking of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) to achieve a body composition goal. Macronutrients or "Macros" make up the majority of our diets.
Flexible dieting is just that: Flexible. By focusing on your macronutrient intake rather than eating certain foods you can still achieve your goals while enjoying life with everyone else. You can have your cake and eat it too! One of the challenges I’ve always found around dieting was the awkward social element. There’s only so many dinners you can bring Tupperware containers full of rice and chicken to without feeling like a complete a-hole.
By allowing yourself flexibility you can join in on meals with families and friends, so long as you keep track of what you’re eating. For years my cycle would look the same. I’d set myself a super restrictive way of eating and then “Diet, Diet, Diet, Binge…Diet, Diet, Diet, Binge”. I had such an unhealthy view of eating and because of that I never really stuck to anything long enough to get results. Flexible Dieting is the first thing that I’ve been able to stick to consistently over a long period of time. From my research and experience it seems to kill the “Diet, Binge” cycle many of us have found ourselves on. Because you can eat whatever you want (in moderation) it’s more mentally & emotionally sustainable.