Getting started with If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)

Look! Jessie is trying another diet! Everyone be surprised.

I know, you’re probably rolling your eyes at me too just like everyone else. That’s okay, though. I’m used to the eye-rolling. If it’s not my diets, it’s my workouts or my blog or my YouTube channel. Let’s just say I no longer get offended. 🙂

After well over a year watching more YouTube videos and following more fitness-minded people on social media, I’ve obviously come across IIFYM or If It Fits Your Macros. What is IIFYM? In short, it’s basically counting your macro-nutrients, focusing on protein, carbs, fat and fiber.

Getting started with If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM)

Why did I decide to try out IIFYM?
Granted, I’ve been doing this for a grand total of oh … three days. I’m actually really excited about trying this out. As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve read any of my blogs in the past, I have trouble with diets. I’ve counted calories, restricted fat, restricted carbs, tried Tone It Up’s nutrition plan, weight watchers, multiple AdvoCare challenges, and so on. I can’t stick to any of  them because honestly, they’re too restrictive for me. I have never claimed to have an eating disorder, but I’ve always had trouble with binge-eating. I will go HAM on all kinds of bad food if I restrict myself too much and then I end up sick or completely falling off the wagon. IIFYM is exciting to me because you don’t have to restrict yourself all the time. If I want a donut for breakfast, that’s fine – I just need to focus on what I eat the rest of the day to make sure I stay within my carbs, protein and fat. Does that mean I intend on eating donuts every day? Hell no. I’m hoping this will help me get into a healthy frame of mind instead of restricting and binge-eating. And maybe it’ll keep me out of Chipotle JUST a little bit.

Chipotle

Why did I hire a coach?
You don’t know this yet, but I hired a coach. NOW YOU KNOW! 🙂 I saved up my pennies from my part-time job and bit the bullet (though to be honest, for an 8-week program she really wasn’t expensive). Her name is Chelsea and she is an amazing YouTuber that I’ve followed for a few months now. Chelsea is someone I admire from a female lifting stand point. She has lifted competitively and owns her own gym called Raise the Bar. I love the idea of being coached by a strong, independent female who will help me figure out what macros are right for my body, what exercise is right for me and give me the tools to keep going even after coaching. She gave me tons of information and ideas to read up on and really took the time to get to know me via a questionnaire and what would be right for my body. She’ll continue to work with me throughout the weeks to adjust anything as needed and help me get reach my goals.

What am I hoping to get out of IIFYM?
Honestly, of course I’m looking to lose weight and gain muscle. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that wasn’t my number one goal. Secondly, I’m hoping to gain a sense of control over my eating again, but not over control. I think this plan is the most “normal” way of eating while still trying to lose weight. In my opinion, you need some sort of plan over what you’re doing in order to lose weight unless you’re one of those lucky people who has “high metabolism” – whatever that is. I honestly think this is the most realistic plan for me, but we’ll see how it goes and I’ll update you as I go along, of course!

Gym Time

I intend on still using some of my AdvoCare products like Spark and OmegaPlus and possibly Catalyst if I can afford it. I do love their cleanse and  24-Day Challenge, but I’m just not in the right mindset to successfully complete one of those right now.

I’m also assuming that using the #iifym hashtag on Instagram will make me mega famous and some gorgeous body builder man will fall head-over-heels in love with me. You can’t expect me to write an entirely serious post, can you?

Have any of you heard of or tried IIFYM? What are your thoughts? How have you successfully lost weight and/or gained muscle?

4 comments

  1. Megan says:

    I’m interested in reading more about your program & progress! I have looked into doing this but never got really serious about it. I agree that this type of eating is normal compared to other diets. I think restricting foods & going crazy at the gym is just going to cause burn out. At least it has in my experiences! Good luck with everything!

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