|We've all struggled with food at one point in our lives. If you're lucky, those times were few and far between. If you're like most of us, the struggle feels like a never ending battle. People obsess over food, misinformation runs rampant, yo-yo dieting reigns supreme and people shame, ridicule and bully each other over food choices https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/orthorexia-nervosa.
I've struggled too - after years of competing I had developed a binging disorder due to what I now know is being termed “orthorexia” (defined as those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally means “fixation on righteous eating.”) I was so obsessed with an unrealistic expectation to eat “clean” and be “perfect” that when I would eat a food I deemed “bad” it would set off a chain reaction and I would loose control and eat until I was sick or physically in pain. Food started to control my life! I avoided social situations because I didn’t want to be tempted by the food. Even a date night of dinner and a movie were off the table for my husband and I because smelling food I couldn’t have was torture. I snapped at my kids too many times due to my hunger and irritability. This was NO way to live! I later found out, many seemingly “healthy” icons I looked up in the fitness world were having the same problem but were too embarrassed to search out help. I needed a new way of living and to reprogram these bad habits. I had all the signs and symptoms of metabolic adaptation: I had a lack of energy, I lost my enthusiasm for training, I was unable to lose weight, despite chronically low calories, I lost menstruation, and my thyroid levels were off.
That's when I discovered flexible dieting. I put my own spin on it. As I trained competitors, coaches and trainers, I learned how to maximize results, not just in measurements of muscle and pounds, but also emotional growth.
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An answer to the question, "what is flexible dieting?"Flexible Dieting (Or commonly known as, "If It Fits Your Macros") is simply the tracking of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) to achieve a body composition goal. Macronutrients or Macros make up the majority of our diets. There are three main macros: Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate. One gram of each macro has a calorie value.