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Posted April 13th, 2017 under Nutrition

3 Big Misconceptions About Flexible Nutrition

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3 Big Misconceptions About Flexible Nutrition

3 Big Misconceptions about flexible dieting

Flexible dieting is not a diet it is more of a lifestyle change and a nutritional concept. It is as simple as getting a breakdown of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Just like everything people make it more complicated than it is. There are misconceptions on the internet and especially social media mostly because of the term “IIFYM (if it fits your macros).” Here are some misconceptions:

  1. Flexible dieters only eat bad/junk food. Yes flexible dieting “allows” you to eat foods that you wouldn’t expect on a “diet” but it does not mean that these flexible dieters are eating like this all the time or the whole day. They post pictures most likely to show that they are human and can have a treat while on a diet and still hit their goals and also because who really wants to look at a picture of chicken, rice & broccoli. For example if I have a bagel in the morning I have to make sacrifices for the rest of the day and eat higher protein foods like chicken, protein shakes, egg whites, etc. The goal is to hit the macronutrient goal numbers and to stop thinking of food as “clean” or “dirty” but to think of them for their macronutrient composition.
  2. Flexible dieting doesn’t work for me. If your goal is to lose fat then flexible dieting will work for you because you will be in a caloric deficit just like any other diet you were to try. Every diet consists of eating a certain amount of food, which has calories, which are made up of macronutrients. There is no rule that you have to eat junk food, if you genuinely enjoy eating clean foods you can hit your macronutrients that way.
  3. It works for aesthetics, but it’s not healthy. Flexible dieting can work for anyone from bodybuilding to sedentary people. Flexible dieting can help with psychological effects that can happen when following such a strict regime diet. Variety is good in a diet because who wants to eat the same foods every day. The best way to get a wide spread of vitamins and minerals is to eat a range of different foods. If you restrict your diet to certain foods every day you may be restricting yourself from some micronutrients.

Flexible dieting aka Flexible nutrition is a lifestyle and is something you can sustain.  It allows you to treat yourself while still seeing results. So next time you see a picture of a waffle or bagel nook remind yourself that if that person is a true flexible dieter they are not eating like that every day or for the whole day.

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Written By:  Rebecca Desousa BS Nutritional Sciences

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