So I’m about 3 weeks into my IIFYM Experiment, and I have to say- I am loving it. I’ve been consistently tracking since August 1 (with the exception of a few days). I haven’t been on point the whole 3 weeks…my little brother was in town last week and I ate more Sour Patch Kids than I’d care to admit (#guiltypleasure), but so far so good. I’m seeing improvements, so I’m happy.
I originally calculated my macros from the IIFYM website, and then recalculated last night based on this ebook called Flexible Dieting. I highly recommend the ebook. She is amazing.
Anyway… Just thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned in the past 3 weeks.
- my body likes carbs. I didn’t realize how much I was restricting carbs in the past, but it became obvious when I first started tracking and was so far from my carb goal at the end of the day. I ate a few servings of fruit a day, and figured that would do it- but NOPE. (which explains the reasons for binging. restricting fats or carbs too much for too long is bound to lead to binges.) BUT since focussing on increasing my carbs, I feel like my training is better- I’m hitting more PRs.
- Eating more and getting leaner = mind. blown. Heavy lifting is taxing on the body aka the body needs food to prepare and recover. Duh. I honestly feel like my metabolism has been on fire which is a great feeling!
- Tracking has been SO beneficial. I was nervous about IIFYM for a while because I didn’t want to become obsessed with counting and numbers. Turns out it’s just helping me be more aware of what I’m putting in my body, and how my body reacts.
- I still have a hard time including junk in my macros regularly. On the weekends if we eat out, I’ll obviously track as best I can. But, I still have the mentality that there are “off-limits” foods- which is the restrict/binge mindset that Flexible Dieting/IIFYM aims to combat. For example, if I were to have candy in the house (my weakness) it would be difficult for me to just count out a few ..It’s a work in progress, but so far so good. Still learning a lot.
I’m excited to see how my body continues to change! Will post some progress pics in September. Happy Hump Day!