IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros, for anyone not familiar) focuses on a flexible approach to dieting and is a popular option for many women in the fitness world. It has become a huge trend for 2018 and we want to tell you everything you need to know when it comes to IIFYM.
What does IIFYM mean?
Other than knowing it quite literally means ‘if it fits your macros’, there are a lot of women who might not understand the concept. Let’s break this down:
What are macros?
Short for macronutrients, macros refer to:
- Alcohol is often considered a fourth, but for this article, we will mainly focus on the first 3.
Macros also help you determine calorie content in foods. Proteins and carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram and fats have 9 calories per gram.
So let’s say a food label has 5 grams of protein, 4 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fat. You would be looking at:
5g protein (x 4 calories) + 4g carbs (x4 calories) + 2g fat (x 9 calories) =
20 + 16 +18 = 54 calories.