“Macros” (short for macronutrients) are the nutrients that provide calories or energy. Macros consist of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. The basis of flexible dieting lies within ensuring you consume your daily allotted macros that depend on your health goal. Protein provides 4 Calories per gram, carbohydrates provide 4 Calories per gram, and fat provides 9 Calories per gram. No daily “calorie counting” is involved. Simply track the amount of macros you eat per day and you’re well on your way to dieting with flexibility while learning more about nutrition.
Flexible dieting and calculating macronutrients has gotten a bad rap because of those people who think it’s just about eating junk all day. This is not true flexible dieting. The point of being flexible with your “macros” is just as it sounds – dieting with flexibility! The main reason calculating your macros and dieting with flexibility works is because of sustainability. Constant research pours out that traditional diets fail. These diets fail because people cannot eat the same thing, every day, over and over again. Eventually they’ll get bored and end up gaining back all the weight they lost. In some cases, they even gain back MORE weight than they lost, i.e. metabolic damage, leaving them at an even worse point in the end compared to where they began.
Flexible dieting gives you freedom. You don’t need “cheat” meals. If your macros allow it, go ahead and eat that ice cream if you want! A macros approach makes you feel as if you are not dieting at all and that is why this approach to nutrition works. 80-90% of the foods you choose are healthy, but you can have whatever you want in moderation, as long as it fits your macros for the day. No restrictions.
Calculating macros and dieting with flexibility is the perfect solution for long-term weight management and sustainable success. This way of eating allows you to eat the foods you love in moderation, while still achieving all of your health and fitness goals, without all the guilt and “poor me” mentality.