Are you familiar with macro-based dieting (also known as IIFYM or flexible dieting)? If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know that I am a big fan. 🙂 The reason why I am such a huge fan of macro-based dieting is because it is for EVERYONE. Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your current weight, or gain weight, macro-based dieting is for you. The truth is, we all consume “macros” everyday. All food is made up of protein, carbohydrates, and fat (aka, macro nutrients). The question is whether we are keeping track of HOW MUCH of these macro nutrients we are consuming. If you’re looking to make a change, this could quite possibly be the easiest and most beneficial way to get you to where you want to be. My favorite part of flexible dieting is that you don’t have to be deprived of your favorite foods. As long as they fit into your daily allowance, you can have them. It does get a little more difficult to make these foods fit if you are trying to lose weight, simply because you are consuming less food overall but the idea is to avoid the feeling of deprivation to improve success overall.
I have started a meal preparation business based on the concept of macro-based dieting. I want to take this opportunity to explain the rationale behind Master Meal Prep a little more to help you all have a better understanding of what I do, who I serve, and if this service is right for you. Unfortunately, people have moved farther away from knowing what they are putting in their bodies calorie-wise. My goal is to help people become more aware of calories and macronutrients and how it affects their health and goals. With my meal prep service, as I prepare each recipe I calculate calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat. It all started when I was trying to reach my own fitness goals. I figured out my own personal daily allowance of macros and was sure to hit those numbers everyday. If you stick with it, it works! I knew I was getting an appropriate balance of macros and I was seeing the changes that I wanted to see. If you’re like me, you want to enjoy the food you eat without having to eat the same thing everyday (i.e. chicken, broccoli, and rice – a common combination people think you need to eat to reach physique goals). With my meal preparation service I offer home-style meals that people actually want to eat. They are all “macro-friendly” meaning they will easily fit into your macro-based dieting plan no matter what your goal is. You can’t say the same about other convenience and/or fast food options.
Speaking of convenience, that is the whole reason why my service exists. People are busy and don’t have time, energy, or interest in having healthy meals prepped and ready to go. This causes so many people to turn to fast food options and frequent restaurant eating. When was the last time you knew exactly how many macros your fast food/restaurant meal had? AND, did it fit your macros? It is possible to make a fast food & restaurant meals fit your macros but that is when we start to talk about volume. When you’ve spent your macros on a low volume meal (small meal, lots of calories), your macro allowance for the remainder of the day isn’t as large. I don’t know about you but when I do that, I tend to go over my macros every time. That is when I knew I had to create restaurant-like food with fewer macros so I could enjoy high volume meals throughout the day. High volume are larger meals with fewer calories. Some great ways to make this happen is to add veggies to your meal, be cautious of serving sizes of nutrient dense foods (e.g. cheese, peanut butter, etc.), and swap less healthy ingredients for healthier and perhaps lower calorie options.
Please look forward to more blog posts on topics related to nutrition, fitness, and how you can reach your goals in a way that is suitable to your lifestyle.