The Macro diet, (AKA IIFYM, If It Fits Your Macros) is the most sustainable, flexible eating diets out there. It allows people to lose weight whilst eating the foods they enjoy! When following this diet all you need to do is track the macro-nutrients that you are eating. Macro-nutrients are what make up our diets and are made up of; Protein, Fats & Carbohydrates.
Your body needs a certain amount of Protein, fat and carbs In order to build muscle, maintain body weight or lose body fat. The calculation its self can get a little confusing so we built a calculator that tells you your macros depending on your goal. To work out your Macros you can use our IIFYM Calculator.
Should I follow the Flexible Eating / Macro Diet?
So, if I told you that you can eat what ever you want, when you want, and still lose weight, build muscle, burn fat and improve your health whilst doing so, would you want to follow that diet? I’m pretty confident the answer would be yes!
Well, the truth is, you can! With the Macro diet you can eat what ever you want and you can still get the results you want. The key to this diet working is just eating the right amounts of each food.
This diet is followed by many fitness models, Instagram influencer’s and bodybuilders because it follows an exact science. It gives your body the right amount of nutrients it needs to either gain muscle or burn body fat and this is why so many people are attracted to this diet.
There is no scientific evidence that any specific food will make you fat. In fact, the only thing that will lead to weight gain is by overeating and consuming more calories than your body actually needs (this is also known as a calories surplus). And if we consume less calories than we need, you guessed it, we lose weight (this is called a calorie deficit).
Food is nothing more than fuel for our bodies and we need it to function, just as your car needs fuel to drive. We measure the fuel we get from food in kilo-calories AKA. kcals or calories.
What are Macro Nutrients?
The 3 main Macro-nutrients are;
We use Protein to build and repair muscle tissue which makes it important for muscle recovery after a workout. It’s also vital for supporting our major organs. Protein has 4 calories per 1g
Our bodies use carbohydrates as our main energy source and has 4 calories per 1g
We use fat to protect our vital organs and also balance our hormone levels. Fat has 9 calories per 1g
Fibre is considered as a micro nutrient and we use this to support our digestive system.
Stop Yo-Yo Dieting with the Macro Diet
For us at Your Fitness Tools ® our main goal for our customers is to have sustainable diets and workout plans and everything we do revolves around this key principle and the ‘Macro Diet’ (IIFYM Diet) follows these exact principles.
Gone are the days of eating those boring salads & chicken and rice meals…hit your macros and you will achieve your dream body goals.
For us at Your Fitness Tools this is by far the best diet out there because it’s the most sustainable and maintainable diet long term and is extremely flexible. It doesn’t matter how often you eat, what you eat and when you eat….Eat the foods you love and stay within your macro range and you will achieve the results you want whether that’s fat loss or muscle gain.
An Example Of How The Macro Diet Works
Height: 5ft 10
Body Weight: 78kg
Activity Level: Light Activity
Goal: Weight Loss
If you input the above details into the Macro Diet Calculator it will tell you that in order to lose weight the person needs to eat the following Macros:
Protein 142g = 568 Calories
Fat 64g = 576 Calories
Carbohydrates 195g = 780 Calories
Total Calories: 1924 Calories
This means that the subject needs to consume the above amounts of macros from ANY food they want and lose weight.
To check your macros Click Here to view our calculator
There’s an app called MyFitnessPal, this is where you log your daily intake of food & its super easy to use. This is also great because you can set your daily targets for protein, fat and carbohydrates which means it is really easy to stick to your diet.
How To Track My Weight Loss
You should be aiming to lose between 1-2 lbs per week but please note that in the first couple of weeks you will lose a lot more than this but it will slow down to around 1-2 lbs each week.
In order to track your weight you need to weight yourself first thing on a morning after visiting the restroom and write down your weight. After you record your weigh ins for 7 days you then add them all up and divide by 7 to get your average weight. You then subtract this from your weight at the start of the week and this will show you your true weight loss.
An example of what this should look like is below;
Day 1: 184.4 lbs
Day 2: 183.2 lbs
Day 3: 184 lbs
Day 4: 183 lbs
Day 5: 181.2 lbs
Day 6: 180.3 lbs
Day 7:181.2 lbs
This means the average weight loss for the week is 182.5lbs. this is a 1.9lbs loss for the week.
Once you hit your target weight, you need to re-input your new weight into the Macro Diet Calculator and then select your goal as performance I(Same as TDEE) This will mean that you can maintain your body weight for as long as you want.
+++We recommend intermittent fasting combined with the macro diet for best results.
For more information on intermittent fasting read our one of our latest blog post.