I'm Doing the IIFYM Diet and I've Learned I Eat A Lot of Carbs

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'm Doing the IIFYM Diet and I've Learned I Eat A Lot of Carbs | FroBunni

For the past few months, my diet has been terrible. I've been drinking more soda, pastries, candy, etc., and even worse, they're not related to hunger, but more so impulse. Like last week, I literally ate two donuts in the span of 15 minutes because someone brought them in the office...and then I regretted it, which is worse than eating two donuts in 15 minutes because I don't like to tie shame to my diet.

So, I decided to reset and try the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) diet, also known as the flexible diet. Basically, I eat according to my macro-nutrient limits - carbs, fat, and protein - not just calories. I put my lifestyle and weight goals in a macros calculator, and my results were sent to me in an email. My daily calorie limit is set to about 1400 (sounds low, but I actually eat only around 1300-1500 calories daily), and my macros are 98 grams of protein, 51 grams of fat, and 133 grams of carbohydrates. I decided to update my MyFitnessPal account to premium to be able to better track my macros, and yesterday began day one.

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Yeah, see this...yesterday was bad. I randomly ate a bagel (remember that whole impulse eating thing) when I wasn't hungry, and my sandwich and potatoes were loaded with carbs. Not to mention, my protein intake is pretty sad and pathetic. It's actual below recommended protein levels for my body and activity levels.

This was a pretty big wake-up call, and I'm trying to figure out ways to reconcile it. One of the things that makes this hard is that I'm a picky eater. I don't like tofu unless it's blended in a smoothie or in miso soup. And quinoa, avocados, and chia seed pudding (I'm cool with chia seeds until you make that nasty, snot-consistency pudding) are just gross. I'm not planning on bringing meat back in my apartment, but I'm currently looking into companies that sell non-meat protein alternatives, like MorningStar, Beyond Meat, and Gardein. I'm also not planning on going the paleo route either, so I'm keeping the pasta, rice, oats, and cereal, but keeping it to a half a serving instead of a full one.

While I don't expect to get it right today (I'm still over today anyways, so it's not like it matters), tomorrow, or even within a week, hopefully in a month, I can get this right and balance out my carb intake to where it should be.

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