If you missed the previous post, check out Part Six here. And if you missed the introductory post IIFYM Flexible Dieting In a Nutshell that kickstarted this series, check it out here.
I have found with many of my clients, friends and through thousands of others’ stories and experiences that “flexible dieters” tend to foster greater independence and confidence with their nutrition in the long run.
Because with “flexible dieting” individuals focus on the macronutrients in foods and thus learn to understand the nutrients in a greater variety of foods more easily. Flexible dieters then feel much more confident in their ability to make proper food choices.
Through following a flexible dieting program, individuals learn more about food choices and the impacts they have on their fitness and health goals. This allows individuals to become independent from their trainer or coach and effectively make their own food choices. Flexible dieters then feel more knowledgeable about foods in general and this allows them to adhere to their macros and nutrition plan long into the future.
With the ability to know what foods provide what macros and how those macros will impact your fitness and health levels, flexible dieters are much more likely to continue on with their nutrition plan or macro plan even after they have stopped working with their trainer or coach. This creates greater, longer lasting results.
With “Clean Eating”, more often then not, clean eaters become reliant or dependent on their meal plan and food list. The individual only learns that a specific, restricted list of foods is acceptable and “clean” and so if they are unable to have some of these foods for a certain period of time, or “fall off” their nutrition plan, they don’t know how to achieve results without those specific foods.
Because clean eaters generally stop following their nutrition plan when they become tired or bored of eating these same foods over and over it becomes nearly impossible for them to feel confident to achieve their fitness and health results.
Without eating the foods that they have grown to loath, they feel all hope is lost and there is no point continuing because those specific foods and rules were “the only way” to allow them to achieve their results.
Many times clean eaters become dependent on their trainers or coaches as they rely on them for alternative food choices and substitutions. This further takes away the individuals confidence in being able to achieve results on their own and fosters even more dependence and reliance rather than independence and confidence.
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This concludes the “IIFYM” (Flexible Dieting) vs. “Clean Eating” blog series! If you want to start back at the beginning you can read Part One here.
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