So what exactly IS this IIFYM anyway? If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’re bound to have come across a post about working out or nutrition. In January 2014 I fell in love with Tone It Up & working out. I have been a TIU nutrition plan member since then; and while I’ve learned so much from the plan, I didn’t see REAL weight loss until I paired it with the 21 Day Fix. January 2015 I buckled down, and by summer, had lost 15 lbs. Since then I’ve been around the same weight, plus or minus five pounds.
I definitely have an unhealthy relationship with my scale. Because I had reached a certain weight in May of 2015, I assumed that would be when I looked best. I made it my goal after graduation festivities settled down this year to get back to that weight. And I did. But it. Was. Hard. And I was miserable. I had to cut out almost all carbs, and that, combined with starting work as an intern (you sometimes run out of time to feed yourself), I was just plain not eating enough. Because I am such a type A personality, I love love love a good plan to follow. I have followed many of the Tone It Up plans, and especially love the 8 week meal-by-meal guides; but I don’t have access to a whole foods, so some of the ingredients are hard to find. Plus, I won’t lie, I’m a little bit of a picky eater. So sometimes I don’t feel like sautéing some tempeh. (Okay, well, all of the times.)
IIFYM means eating to “fit your macros”. You have a certain goal of grams of each macronutrient to eat every day — carbs, fats, and proteins — based on your goal calorie intake for the day (ie if you want a calorie deficit to lose weight). This is determined by your “ratio” — 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat for example — which will also depend on your goals (like if you want to lose fat or gain muscle).
Eating to fit a macronutrient guide was not a new concept to me, and I have read about IIFYM many times before. But the more and more I saw Halo Top posts on Instagram, and the longer and longer it had been since I had a bite of something sweet, I finally was like “What am I missing here?!” And started looking into it.
As a biochemistry major the eating makes perfect sense. As someone who has been dieting for years, it’s terrifying to try and eat 200 whole grams of carbs every. single. day. I just have been conditioned to avoid bread, pasta, etc. So it goes against my natural gut instincts that I had ingrained into my poor self over the years. But on this way of eating, you can have whole wheat pizza (shown above), or healthy chocolate chip cookies (like below) as long as it doesn’t put you over your daily macronutrient intake goals.
But I am going to give this IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) eating the good ole college try!
Don’t get my wrong, I am happy with my number on the scale. But I want to be more toned, muscular, and cut down on some residual cellulite. I also want to cut back my relationship with the scale & start relying more on measurements and pictures. So today, I took my “before” pictures, wrote down my measurements, and for the next month or two I am going to give it a try!
The thing I am most concerned about is that I am by no means a power lifter. I do body weight exercises at home, go to barre, spin, run, etc. And I’ll do my best to integrate more body pump (a type of weight lifting class). But I am a little worried about my exercises not being appropriate? Maybe that’s a silly concern. I’ve calculated everything at IIFYM.com && even got a macro counting app that can scan barcodes to load nutritional info! I’ll definitely be sure to post my progress and knowledge gained over the next weeks to months here, so keep checking back! Also, be sure to follow my IIFYM Pinterest board here for tons of recipes and resources!
Do you have any experience with counting macros? What was your favorite resource? What were your results like? Comment below! Anything that lets me have more (whole wheat) pizza sounds amazing to me!