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Guest Article: IIFYM – More than Poptarts and Protein Shakes, by Adam Foster

If you’re a #fitfam member, #pushpullgrinder or someone who looks for #flexibledieting food porn chances are your instagram & twitter feeds are full of the following; Poptarts Flex bowls Beltsander Brownies An assortment of gourmet flavour protein powders ….along with many other “treats” that look too good to be “healthy”. These of course make up the core food groups of the “IIFYM” diet. Right? Wrong. And thus here we are, examining yet another misconception in regards to “If it fits your macros” and “flexible dieting”. The Key Points Social Media 100% Skews the Image of Flexible Dieting/IIFYM Macro goals give people a greater understanding of their bodies needs, as opposed to food groups or a meal plan with no quantities […]

Incorporating Cardio For Fat Loss. Yes or No?

If you asked me 5 or even 10 years ago how to get shredded I probably would’ve told you to keep lifting heavy (or start if you weren’t already), pull back your carbohydrate intake, and add in some cardio. The funny thing is whilst the term “bro-science” has emerged and the above statement might align with it, to be honest my opinion hasn’t really changed. We just know more now, or in a way know better. We know that weight training will help you to preserve maximal lean mass when dieting for fat loss. We know that pulling back carbs (or any macronutrient) will reduce your total caloric intake, which can result in weight loss. We know that adding in […]

How Flexible Is Flexible Dieting To You?

As you scroll through your newsfeed you’ll most likely come across photos of burgers, ice cream, fast food, and restaurant meals with the hashtag #flexibledieting or #iifym. Naturally you’d assume that flexible dieting is some kind of cheat meal lifestyle that disregards health, but you find it hard to comprehend how people who look and feel great are eating this way. With further investigation, you’ll discover that flexible dieting can be very different for one person to the next. To most, it is a matter of tracking their macronutrient intake to enjoy a wider variety of foods in their diet. For others it’s simply an excuse to validate eating a random yet exciting #flexbowl (check it out on Instagram if […]

Food Choices Matter

Whilst your diet should be based around a specific calorie, macronutrient, and micronutrient intake, the choices you make in terms of foods matter for various reasons. If you are trying to lose weight which requires a lower caloric intake it would be wise to eat foods that keep you feeling fuller. I could write a 2000 calorie diet that feels like 3000 calories. If you are trying to gain weight which requires a higher caloric intake it would be wise to eat foods that keep you feeling empty. I could write a 4000 calorie diet that feels like 3000 calories. It all comes down to food choices, and essentially food volume. If you’re on a low calorie diet, eating something […]

Still Using Macronutrient Ratios?

Okay, so you want to drop body fat so you know you have to create structure and aim to be consistent with a controlled calorie intake. You’re an office girl weighing 65kg and decide to eat 1500 calories per day with an expected rate of weight loss of 0.5-1.0% total body weight per week, and will adjust your intake (or activity) if weight loss is too fast/slow. Now onto macronutrients.. You know protein is important, and you think low carbs will speed things up. So you opt for a generic 50% protein, 20% carbs, 30% fat ratio because well, it sounds effective. What this equates to: 187g protein 75g carbs 50g fat Reminder: you weigh 65kg. Assuming you’re 20% body […]

Overtraining & Adaptations

Some people say that overtraining doesn’t exist. Whilst it definitely does, In many cases it can seem this way due to the following recovery factors being considered. – Sufficient sleep – Adequate protein – Adequate vitamins & minerals – Adequate fatty acids – Being in a calorie surplus – Optimal hydration On the other hand, if you half ass the list above and still feel great training 7 days per week, maybe you just don’t train as hard as you think you do. In which case overtraining is of no concern either 😉 Why Do I Only Train 4 Days Per Week On Average? There are 3 possible stages of response when it comes to weight training. 1. Alarm or Shock […]

Manipulating Your Macros On The Daylee!

If the title of this article doesn’t make sense to you, please click here for the lols Okay… It’s your best friend’s birthday. You’ve already planned your diet for a typical day and are more than half way through your macros when they unexpectedly ask you to come out to dinner. Suddenly everything that was tracked and planned is reconsidered. You frantically try to adjust things to make a night out with friends fit within your nutritional goals, and you guestimate your potential food intake. Before you know it, you’ve gone over your dietary fat goal, your fibre intake isn’t looking very good, and your carbs are through the roof. What do you do? Some people would say “relax bro, […]

Transitioning from IIFYM to Instinctive Eating

Flexible dieting or IIFYM as some people call it can be a wonderful and enjoyable experience. By now you are probably aware of the benefits of being consistent with your food intake, being able to include a wide variety of food sources into your diet, and having an effective macronutrient breakdown to move closer to your goals. Remember the first time you heard that you could include poptarts, ice cream, and burgers into your diet and still get results? It’s definitely an intriguing statement. But of course it comes with special conditions. Some of the conditions being that you have to weigh and track your food intake. For some people that is bizarre. For others it makes perfect sense. Regardless of […]

Do You Even Bench?

I once had a complete stranger come up to me in a mall with the question: “How much do you bench”. It was completely unexpected yet both funny and flattering. I guess I didn’t even realise that I looked like I lift! Bench press is obviously super important to most dedicated athletes, weekend warriors, and those people whom only visit the gym on Mondays. In this simple and effective article I’m going to breakdown the setup of the bench press with the coaching cues I use for myself and with my clients to ensure maximal muscular recruitment, safety, and maximal overload. That means lifting more than you currently do in the safest way possible. There is a lot more to […]

Why I Stopped Encouraging Competitive Bodybuilding

While there is a huge sense of satisfaction to make it through a bodybuilding contest prep, it’s no secret that the risk is greater than the reward. When I was 16 I decided to get serious about my training and fell in love with bodybuilding. I bought magazines as soon as they hit the shelves. I listened to bodybuilding pro weekly radio to stay up to date with the scene. I took my protein powder, creatine, and even oats powder to school in cling wrapped bundles stored in my shaker bottle to drink at certain times of the day. I trained as heavy as possible, ate as much as possible, and loved the journey. I had no desire to ever […]

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