I stumbled upon this post on doyoueven.com and immediately had a lot of thoughts and questions.
This “diet” which isn’t really a diet, more of a way of eating, states that:
“IIFYM is a flexible dieting approach where you disregard arbitrary food labels such as “junk food” and “clean food” and focus on your total caloric intake (calories in versus calories out), your daily set macro-nutrient targets (your fats, carbs, protein), and your micro-nutrient goals (your vitamins and minerals) in order to achieve your desired body composition.”
Basically, as long as you’re hitting your macronutrient targets (i.e.-grams of protein you need to eat daily), it doesn’t matter where the food comes from.
The author states that:
“How can a burger from McDonalds be equivalent to a meal of chicken, brown rice and cashews? It’s quite simple, your body does not recognize whether the food your eating is ‘clean’ or ‘junk’. It will only recognize food’s for it’s nutrients, such as proteins, fats or carbohydrates.
For example; a McDonalds Seared Grand Chicken Burger is worth 501 calories which consists of 35.3g of protein, 15g of fat and 53.4g of carbohydrates.
Whereas, 130g of chicken, 25g of cashews and 120g boiled white rice is worth 520 calories which consists of 16.5g of fat, 55.2g of carbs and 37.9g of protein.”
I’m not sure about you, but I have to disagree with this. I don’t think that there is any question that whole, clean foods have many more nutrients than McDonald’s. Sure, the macronutrients are/can be the same, but what about all of the chemicals and preservatives in junk food? The article goes on to talk about the professor who went on the Twinkie diet, ate in a calorie deficit, and lost weight.
Well, if you eat in a calorie deficit, you probably will lose weight no matter what food you’re eating! But that doesn’t change that you are putting in man-made chemicals into your body.
I just started reading Jillian Michael’s book “Master Your Metabolism,” and it discusses how chemicals in our foods, water bottles, and more can mess with our internal hormones, which could make it harder for you to lose weight.
Sure, you might not get overweight or obese by eating whatever you want as long as it fits your macros, but you could be throwing your internal system all out of whack.
I’m not sure of the science behind the whole “your body doesn’t care if it’s junk or not, as long as its calories, protein and carbs.” Then how come when I eat junk food my body immediately gets tired, lethargic…my stomach cramps…these are all signs that my body did not want what I just ate. Lethargy after food is a sign of releasing insulin…releasing too much insulin on a regular basis can cause diabetes…or at the very least cause you to hold on to that fat you have been working so hard to get rid of.
I’m not totally discounting the theory behind this. I think you can certainly eat foods you desire and crave every once in a while…even one small thing once a day like I do. But I can’t believe that all foods are equal. I think there has been a lot of science to also back up the fact that whole, clean foods are so much better for our bodies than anything else.
I’m not done with Jillian’s book yet. She has a 2 week meal plan I want to try…once I finish I will probably write a review on here.
What are your thoughts on the “If It Fits Your Macros” diet? Do you think junk food and clean food are equal?