(KUTV) Flexible dieting, also known as the “If It Fits Your Macros” eating plan, calculates what you eat by focusing on three building blocks of nutrition.
“It gives you a total calorie number, but really it’s breaking down how many carbs, how many grams of protein, how many grams of fat that fit into the calorie goal,” says Ashley Hagensick, Sports Dietitian at TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.
This way of eating focuses on improving your body composition and because of that, is very high in protein.
“A normal person coming in needing protein recommendations, the recommendation is 0.8-1 gram per kilogram (of bodyweight). This diet is upwards of 1.8-2 grams per kilogram,” says Hagensick.
Some of the challenges of this diet include paying attention to portion sizes and always having a plan.
“This is something that could be hard if you’re going out to eat or trying to find something last minute. It can be hard to find something that has the right proportion of the macronutrients,” says Allison Kraft, Registered Dietitian at Intermountain Park City Hospital.
Just like any diet, flexible dieting can be done in a not-so-healthy way.
“Sometimes people might want to eat a donut and then they will maybe not have fruit during the day because that’s higher in carbs, even though it’s really good for us,” says Kraft.
A good thing about this diet is that you’re not eliminating food groups, but it does take a lot of planning, learning, and choosing quality foods your body needs.
“Nutrition is a big picture It’s not just about three numbers,” says Hagensick.
Before starting a diet like this, be sure to talk with your provider. If you have any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol, this might not be the best diet for you or you might need to modify your numbers.