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What is Flexible Nutrition?
Flexible Nutrition 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. There are three main macros: Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate. One gram of each macro has a calorie value.
- 1 Gram of Protein = 4 Calories
- 1 Gram of Carbohydrate = 4 Calories
- 1 Gram of Fat = 9 Calories
Rather than typical calorie counting (e.g. Eating 2000 cals a day) Flexible Dieters would track macronutrients (e.g. Eating 150g Protein, 80g Fat, 170g Carbohydrate = 2000 cals) which more effectively influences body composition rather than just weight loss or gain.
Flexible Nutrition follows the belief that there are no miracle weight loss foods. No good or bad foods, just macro ratios. Gone are the days where our weight loss is determined by what we cut out of our diet!
A GREAT EXAMPLE
ex. McGrilled Chicken Burger 25g Protein 33g Carbs 15g Fat ex. Brown Rice + Tuna 25g Protein 33g Carbs 15g Fat
When food enters your body it isn’t thinking “Healthy or unhealthy?” it is simply breaking down the food and processing the macronutrients.
>>> In the example, both are the same macros so both will achieve the same results with body composition. When food enters your body it’s not determining whether the food is “healthy or unhealthy”—it’s simply breaking down the food and processing the macros (Although I don’t recommend eating a McChicken everyday). Brown Rice & Tuna definitely have better benefits for your body in whole when it comes to long-term effects.
Essentially, to change your body you can eat whatever you want so long as you hit your macro goals.
What are the Benefits?
I've experience a range of diets, including Zone, Paleo, Primal, etc. All of them have their merits but Flexible Nutrition is by far my favorite (And one I continue to follow today).
Three reasons why:
Although quality is still important, quantity is the greater determining factor in weight loss or gain. If you’re not in a calorie deficit you can eat all the “good foods” you want and go nowhere.
By tracking everything that enters your mouth you stop the guess-work and take control over how & when you reach your goals. Tracking your macros, is hands down the most effective way to change your body.
Flexible Nutrition is just that: Flexible.
By focusing on your macronutrient intake rather than eating certain foods or not eating certain foods, you can still achieve your goals while enjoying life with everyone else. You can eat the donut one day and go to the party another! All staying within your macros!
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 castout.
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.
Doing other diets for years and years, I got worn out. I got bored. I felt like I always couldn't have the chips n' salsa...or could never have thatcocktail, or go to that party. Eating bread was like a sin---and after my first pregnancy, I knew I couldn't sustain that mindset.
Flexible Nutrition is the first thing that I’ve been HAPPY ABOUT in regards to my food, in a long time. No more 'diet binges' around our gym!
Because you can eat whatever you want (in moderation) it’s more mentally & emotionally sustainable.