I started following an “if it fits your macros” (IIFYM) approach in June 2014 with a clean eating focus when I started prepping for my first competition.
After competition, I went to a more flexible dieting approach that doesn’t have an emphasis on clean foods rather than balance of what I need to nourish me and what I like. Food is both fun and fuel.
Tracking macronutrients isn’t a diet – it’s an eating style per say. It allows you to understand how your body responds to certain ratios of nutrients. Tracking macros doesn’t require an elimination of any nutrient. However, you can follow a paleo, keto, whole foods, etc. approach and track your macros.
I feel that I’m not depriving myself of anything. I can stare at cake and eat it too, if it fits.
Here is a list of the things I love to fit my daily diet including my top choices from brands I buy often. I have also included links to a few places I enjoy eating out at so you can check out their nutritional guides. If you want to learn how to guestimate your macro nutrients when eating out check out my post here.
To learn more about macronutrients, you can learn about them below:
- Fat and the Ketogenic Diet
- What are carbohydrates part 1
- What are carbohydrates part 2
- Protein and Amino Acids