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.

imagesSo 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.

images (1)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!

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  • James Botica
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    The truth!
    I feel you on the being raised on certain foods/tight budget. Home cooking warms the belly, the company you share it with warms the soul.

    • Anthony Perez
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      Thanks for taking the time. I think that does play a huge role

  • Blake Eastman
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    I think what you are saying is right.. to an extent. If there are people looking at these pages filled with ice cream and cakes and what have you and truly believing that is the only thing those people are eating, then they are the ones in a fantasy land. Not the people showing what they are able to fit into their diet because of their knowledge of flexible dieting. If you look at a flexible dieters page and don’t have a clue what flexible dieting consists of and is all about. Then do your own research!! Exactly like you said about no money down walk off the lot with a new car.. if you fall for that, it is no one’s fault but your own. Just my opinion on this blog.

    • Anthony Perez
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      My write up was not about flexible dieting and what it can do for you or what you can fit it. My issue is accounts that portray that all. If your going to out yourself in a position to educate you best give quality information. You saying they need to research well people shouldn’t be putting out false statements either. I think you read into what you wanted to see

  • Dana Price
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    What would you suggest your fiber intake be when setting your macro numbers?

    Thanks!

  • Byron Washington
    Reply

    I find it difficult to get around 40-50 grams of fiber a day do you recommend fiber supplements?

  • Bri Johnson
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    Beautifully and honestly written. Main focus is balance and control. Quick fix can easily lead to quick failure. We aren’t all created equally so we cannot all eat equally. Best blog post I’ve ever read

    • Anthony Perez
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      Bri
      Thank you for taking the time to read the blog and comment:) Always appreciate feedback

  • Asad
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    I’m new at this. I just started working out and managing my diet which consists of chicken, beans , pulses and the occasional carbs but I can never seem to understand how much carbs and protein and fat should I take to make sure that my muscles aren’t being eaten to fulfil by bodies calorie requirement.

  • Carlos Ramirez
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    Good Day Anthony,
    Awesome Blog man! Thanks for sharing with us all!
    In addition, BIG thanks for sharing your honest knowledge with the world and myself. It takes a sefless person to convey openly to the world about what BS goes around in today’s health and wellness industry. Alot of honest souls are being influenced by stealth fakes that only look out for their own gain instead of trying to help the world, smh….. Hopefullly one day soon I could have the privilege to not only shake hands with you, but become qualified to help others through example while spreading genuine knowledge. Until then….. keep on keeping on, keep inspiring the world.

    Sincerely and Greatly Appreciated
    Carlos Ramirez
    San Jose, Cali #IIFYM =D

  • Stefan Ekehaug
    Reply

    I’ll proudly show everyone my broccoli, because I f…. love broccoli.

    • Karen
      Reply

      Amen!

  • Brandon
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    Great write up Anthony!!! I’ve had many people come to me trying out what these random flash accounts have been portraying, and they get upset bc it doesnt help them! I try and tell them there is no way you can eat straight junk food ( cookies, ice cream, candy, etc) and expect a 6 pack! Im a physique competitor, and do a 6 meal a day strict diet for show prep. But maybe after this prep for the governors cup, I may contact you about a bulking/mass building plan!! My instagram is @bnabs1118 thanks so much for the inspiration a knowledge!

  • Tris
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    Love reading your stuff. Super inspirational, positive, informative, and, most important for me, down to earth. You have a gift for reaching people and empowering them with desire and knowledge to lead healthier lives, and that’s very special. Keep up the great work in your own life and the work you do to help others!

  • Karen
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    Did we just become best friends? Lol. I follow you but rarely do i follow anyone with thousands of followers bc most seem to suffer from what I call bella-ism. Just post post post but not interact so it’s one sided which is boring. Glad I took the time visit your blog. I love the info but I especially enjoy your writing style.

  • Jade
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    Best blog I’ve ever read so far on my research. Really put things into perspective and opened up my eyes. Thank you. Have been following you for a long time on Instagram, and just came across your website today. I’m trying to find what works for me. I’m so little and petite (4″9) trying to compete. Have hired a coach, who has one of the best physiques in women’s bikini out there, but her plan is not for me. This really showed me that no cookie cutter diet is for everyone. Thanks Anthony!! You da maaan 🙂 so glad I came across this.

  • Jade
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    Hopefully I find what works best for me. This definitely put me in the right direction

  • Amy
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    I really love this blog aand find it prevelant in the accounts on women… Not saying there aren’t male accounts that are like this. I completely agree with you that if you’re going to make your opinion public on the internet that they should be accountable for it and take responsibility. I see these accounts and think what kind of role models are they?? I’ve learned over the years that listening and being aware of your body is the best thing. Do what works for your body and it’s needs (I.e fiber, macros, etc)

  • Reply

    Love this article! The truth! It bothers me when IIFYM people post ONLY the “bad” foods they eat and nothing else. It does send the wrong message to those who look up to them on social media. I, myself, follow macro calculation, but am very aware of what I post and how it may come off to others. Thank you for this. Great read!

  • Jerónimo
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    I hear you, I’m a nutritionist from México and we are all cursed at first because most nutritionists are not flexible (teachers), don´t know if they have some kind of eating disorder or what, but they feed us the same crap everyday: to much sugar, to much fat, TO MUCH PROTEIN! <– now that gets me mad most of all, but it is not until you start to think for yourself, as you well put it, and investigate (from reliable sources) and apply it to yourself that you understand that being inflexible is not the way to deal with some aspects of your life, nutrition for example. I also believe that it is our job to investigate in order to be a reliable source of information for those that need it o want it, including pointing out those people that sell BS and claim the y are the guru of nutrition and exercise. Thank you Team Atrain.

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