I like using flexible dieting with clients because it’s an approach that doesn’t restrict food groups, doesn’t label foods good/bad, dirty/clean based on BS, and allows you to achieve your goals by eating all the foods you like. In the long-term, this is a much more sustainable method of maintaining fat loss, when done right.
Ironically, I’m seeing a lot of folks taking flexible dieting and making it completely rigid. They chase down every grain of rice, try hit macronutrient targets 100% each day, obsess about going over by 20 calories, spend all day on MyFitnessPal playing Diet Tetris to see what fits.
If you do this too, you’ll overstress yourself, solidify unhealthy food habits, and deplete your energy.
Flexible dieting isn’t JUST about tracking macros. It’s more about your attitude, perspective, and relationship w/ food.
If you’re not a paid movie star getting ready for a role, or a person who makes all their money from how your body looks, you don’t need to take this all so seriously and let it consume your life.
🔹You don’t need to hit your calorie & protein target every single day.
🔹You don’t need to compensate the next day by doing more cardio & eating less because you ate more the day before.
🔹You don’t need to consume all the calories in your target if you don’t have an appetite.
🔹You don’t need to only eat healthy foods in order to lose fat. Once you’ve covered all your vitamins/minerals you don’t get a 🏆 for consuming more of them. You can enjoy some cookies, chocolate, or an Egg McMuffin at 2 am.
If you’re “on track” 70-80% of the time, that’s HUGE. You’re still going to get the results you want.
A rigid approach can be helpful if you’re trying to get photoshoot ready on a specific date. Much like driving 100 miles per hour to get to your destination. But you’ll be more stressed, more tired, have to say no to all social situations, and not enjoy any of it.
Or you can have a more flexible mindset. Drive at 60 miles per hour instead of 100, make a stop to fill up on some gas and buy a coffee on the way, and get to your destination a little bit later with less stress, more energy, and a better relationship w/ food