Did you hear about IIFYM, right?!
I mean, unless you've been on the mission w/ Matthew McConaughey on
Although you may have never encountered the word "acronym", you illiterate meathead.
IIFYM is to meal planning what the 'Sex Pistols' were to music: let's break all the rules, nothing matters anyway.
IIFYM For Dummies
It goes like this: for every day, you set just the macros you need to hit to reach your caloric intake. Then you eat random stuff during the day but you make sure to track everything that goes in your mouth with an app like MyFitnessPal.
First of all, put your clothes on,
While this approach might indeed sound
This Is The Real Life, Not Just Fantasy
When I compared IIFYM to punk rock, it wasn't just to be funny.
IIFYM takes the nihilist approach to nutrition, disregarding the very important topic of nutrient timing, to name one.
Your body isn't just a car in which you put gasoline and you can drive for miles.
I mean, this would be kinda OK if you didn't give a shit about getting big, strong and ripped as fuck.
For the average Joe, IIFYM is perfectly fine, assuming that the average Joe is even tracking his macros.
But for bodybuilding, powerlifting or any athletic performance, IIFYM is the lazy ass approach that is not taking advantage of tons and tons of research on how to optimize your nutrition for the best performance.
DISCLAIMER: If you wanna be the average Joe, don't get big, strong and ripped and especially if you like to waste time, don't read forward, find some bros on the internet and follow his/her advice.
Only For The YOLO Kinda Guy/Gal
Throughout the day, your body is better at doing certain things compared to other times.
Scientists gave this concept a name which sounds Chinese if you never studied Latin: circadian rhythm (circa = around;
So, what are we gonna do, ignore all this research and "fuck it, YOLO!"?
Don't get me wrong, you can still make incredible gains on IIFYM, especially if you are a beginner.
Well...beginners by just looking at a barbell would make gainz for fuck sake!
But the more advanced you become, the more important it will be to optimize your nutrition.
Unless you wanna stay at intermediate level forever and be mediocre.
I won't judge (you know I totally would).
Eat Like You Are Gonna Die Tomorrow
The other problem with IIFYM is that people tend to go really "I eat like tomorrow I'm gonna die", completely embracing that Epicurean lifestyle and eating just crap.
But then you lose sight of the fact that food is not just 'energy' but also 'medicine'.
You know, minerals, vitamins and stuff.
These are called micronutrients and you need to take into account also that when you eat to not make "I eat like tomorrow I'm gonna die" a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I'm sure most of the people would like to just eat pizza,
But at the end of the day, you'd be using food only to give you energy and not nutrients to keep you healthy.
So, if you are here for the long run and don't wanna go full Janis Joplin/Kurt Kobain/Amy Winehouse, you better replace that Oreos with an Apple.
"Really bro?! Are you going parent mode on me right now?!"
What I'm recommending is not to take 100% of your calories from junk/processed foods as these are devoid of micronutrients that you actually need for muscle gain.
IIFYM surely satisfies the fat kid inside you but remember that fat kid doesn't want you to get strong and ripped.
The Rational IIFYM
Taking into account all the things we
- Until my pre-workout meal, I keep my carbs only from veggies. My meals are protein+fat+veggies before the pre-workout meal.
- My protein and total calories intake increases as the day unravels peaking at night which coincides with my post-workout.
- The bulk of my carbs is at night and it can come from any source. Here is when I can allow myself "cheat carbs".
- I choose foods to have the highest micronutrient density. Practical example: if I need carbs and I need to choose between raisins bread (my cryptonite, I confess) and strawberries, I will choose the strawberries despite the taste and feeling of gratification would be higher for raisins bread. I choose the strawberries because if I set to eat, let's say 100 grams of strawberries, I will have also fibers and vitamins that 100 grams of raisins bread would not provide.
- I have the "IIFYM freedom" only in my post-workout. This is because, despite freedom might appear appealing and awesome, it actually increases your decision fatigue. Having every day to think what to eat and how to combine your macros to fit and what foods to buy etc. takes a lot of fucking time and stress. That's why I'm a strong believer of meal planning and meal prep: you decide in advance what to eat, figure out your "macros", make a shopping list, do the groceries, meal prep, store, done. You don't have to take care of it anymore and actually THIS makes you free!
Wrapping Up (Talking About Burritos Eh?)
After reading this post, you know that IIFYM is a nihilist approach to nutrition.
- It ignores nutrient timing.
- It tends to be unhealthy in people thinking IIFYM is just an excuse to binge on crappy food because "no bro, it fits my macros".
- It actually causes more stress that you'd imagine (paradox of choice).
The rational IIFYM is a way to combine IIFYM with science and with health.
Let me know in the comments below if you try it and what you think about it.
Till the next time, stay big!
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