Behind the “Flash” of IIFYM
Unfortunately people are still under the misconception that they must eat certain foods that will only “FAST TRACK” their progress. I’ve been there, done that, and all that came from that time in my life was a bad relationship with food and making even the “SMALLEST EXCHANGE” in food gave me anxiety.
I now walk down the grocery aisles and truly have FUN! I love food and I no longer limit myself in what I eat. It’s all based around WHAT I AM CRAVING. Now let me be clear, I am a flexible dieter but in all honesty guys I crave the salads in my picture like it’s my crack FIX! Rice cakes with almond butter UHHH shoot me now. Homemade pizza…GAME OVER. Now I do have ice cream, popcorn, chocolate and other flexible items in small portions based on my macro needs but I won’t lie and feed you a pipe dream like so many do on social media and make it seem like all they do is eat fast food and so called “dirty foods”! It’s not even that I have an issue with those foods because I DO NOT. My issue is the dishonesty that is being portrayed!
You must know the rules of IIFYM/Flexible dieting, IF (intermittent fasting) and even traditional six small portioned meals before you decide to break the rules to build your OWN plan. You need something that will work for you and your lifestyle. That’s what this is all about and why there is so much information out there. There are “a thousand ways to skin a cat” but in nutrition, a thousand ways to reaching our goals is just scratching the surface.
So let’s get to THE DIRTY shall we… We all see the pages/accounts that only post pancakes, ice-cream, Oreos, fast food and claim “OHHH this is what I eat. IIFYM I love it!” PLEASE shut up already, how misleading can you be? These are the people I consider the “FLASH.” (I will say, I do have a handful of close friends in the fitness community that IF/IIFYM and speak the truth and don’t hide crap. These individuals have earned my respect and more.)
The “Flash” want to either jump on the trend to make a quick buck or have no problem giving partial information hoping to prey on the weak-minded who buy into this pipe dream. This is beyond misleading because all the variables must be taken into consideration. But of course the variables and adjustments are always kept in the dark or behind a curtain because allowing people to perceive one thing as you do another is always easier??? A great majority of IIFYM dieters also intermittent fast. But this litttttllleeee tidbit seems to always be left out of their descriptions also. They fast for 16-20 hours then allow themselves a small window to pack in all their calories for the day. So of course they will have a “FLASHY MEAL” to show and claim “this is how I DO.” There are also those that do spread out meals but still adjust them to fit in fun foods… GREAT I’m all about that in moderation but STOP CLAIMING all you do is eat these “unclean foods” as people label them, and nothing else. You’re going to sit there and now say well “I didn’t say that’s allllll I eat”. Please are we 12 now??? For the most part you put yourself in this position to educate others so hold yourself to a higher standard and give people the truth from all angles, not just what seems appealing to the eye. You’re just like every other scammer out there conforming to the hot trend and refuse to stand alone and speak the truth.
Nobody wants to show themselves eating chicken, eggs and veggies to fulfill their protein & fiber requirements lol they sure do leave that part out don’t they??? I don’t care if you IF/IIFYM/FLEXIBLE DIET mostly, (I say mostly because there are always a few exceptions) you’re probably going to have to eat veggies or basic carbs to reach carbohydrate/fiber requirements and chicken or egg whites to fill in the protein requirements without exceeding fat. NOBODY SHOWS THIS because they want to show the flash. Why do they show the flash… Because it’s what society truly wants. The quick fix, the ‘All junk food’ diet but do you hear yourself right now??? Or realize what you’re searching for? People in this industry will always prey on individuals like this, it’s just a fact. But when you see someone posting this “flash” it’s best to look at them as a “no money down, drive off car sales event.” WHAT THE HELL IS THE CATCH??? JUST TELL ME ALL THE DETAILS ALREADY?
I’m not going to get into whether being IF (intermittent fasting) is ok or not. I just think there are some basic principles that need to be remembered. And even though people know these, they still will go to what’s easiest, or allows themselves to have a little more so called “dirty foods” (no other way of saying the word lol.). Also, Fiber intake is SOOOO important. If you’re concerned about sugar and all the other guru tales you’ve heard over the years, stop. Realize that fiber is huge and you should focus on it alongside the BIG THREE (pro/carbs/fat). Your daily intake of sugar will not need to be such a stress or concern if you focus on reaching your daily fiber intake as well. However my number one concern would be protein distribution. Studies have shown you CANNOT make up protein in one large meal. It kills me to see people manipulate for more freedom UGHHHHHH. Are you trying to just lose weight? Or save muscle also? Because if you want skinny fat… Well you get the idea.
Flexibility is what YOU want it to be. Don’t let others label it and make you feel the need to conform. My views on MY food choices are different and by no means do I expect anyone to eat just like me. You and I are two different people, we were raised differently on different foods. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a home where money was tight. Eating out was a birthday thing, if that. We just didn’t do it. We didn’t fill our house full of junk and snacks, we just couldn’t afford it (Oreos and candy just were not in the budget.) Mom bought in bulk (bulk stores) to make sure us boys had enough to eat. Maybe that’s why my “FIX” is that feeling of being home, making my comfort foods from the comfort of my home. Because when you struggle growing up, you truly value those moments and you appreciate what you have to have vs what you want.
I know it can be hard to ditch the notion of these magical clean foods and incorporate other fun foods into our diets, trust me, I get that completely. So, right now if flexibility for you is adding peanut butter into your diet well, I’M DAMN PROUD OF YOU FOR TAKING THAT STEP! Do you and nobody else. Get off the media sack guys and start thinking for yourselves. Once again this was my view on what I see going on out there. If you don’t like it…. OHHH WELL. It’s the damn truth and truth hurts sometimes!