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Macro (AKA Flexible Dieting) 101

Macro (AKA Flexible Dieting) 101

The Team Fit For Duty recommended nutrition program is macro based. Not to knock any of the other types of nutrition plans and companies out there (they do work for some people), but cookie cutter type diets tend to be restrictive, don't give your body the fuel (proper nutrition) it needs and aren’t customized to the individual persons goals - there should never be a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to health and nutrition. It is my opinion that the overall goal should be to foster a healthy and sustainable lifestyle change, not just a quick fix and macro dieting is an effective way to do that.

So what exactly is this “macro” (AKA flexible dieting / IIFYM) thing all about? In simple terms, macro (short for macro-nutrient) dieting revolves around meeting daily macro-nutritional intake needs which consists of: carbohydrates, fat and protein. This will optimize your ability to workout harder, build and retain muscle, absorb nutrients and lose fat. It is not a calorie only based plan. Contrary to what some in the macro dieting community say, we do not believe it is ok to eat whatever you want as long as it fits your macros (sorry, but eating 5 donuts to meet your fat and carb needs for the day isn't ideal…darn!). We believe in balance and not depriving yourself but getting your macros from clean (un/minimally processed) food sources is ideal. They contain the micro nutrients - vitamins and minerals, that your body needs. Generally speaking, we like to stick to the 80/20 plan; 80% of your macros come from clean food sources and 20% from other sources.

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This simple cheat sheet I found online kind of gives you a general idea of common macro sources.

Contrary to what some in the macro dieting community say, we do not believe it is ok to eat whatever you want as long as it fits your macros (sorry, but eating 5 donuts to meet your fat and carb needs for the day isn't ideal…darn!). We believe in balance and not depriving yourself but getting your macros from clean (un/minimally processed) food sources is ideal. They contain the micro nutrients - vitamins and minerals, that your body needs. Generally speaking, we like to stick to the 80/20 plan; 80% of your macros come from clean food sources and 20% from other sources.

When it comes down to what macros you should be eating, that depends on several factors. Because macro dieting isn’t a one size fits all type plan, you should have your macros calculated by a fitness professional or someone who is familiar and has experience with how it works. There are standard/basic macro plans that serve as recommended guidelines but do not apply to everyone.

Although macro dieting may seem complicated for those who aren’t familiar with it, once you grasp the concept, it’s actually a very simple concept - and also the most practical to sustain. Stay tuned for more info on macro dieting and other nutrition tips available right here in the Team Fit For Duty members forum.

Have you ever heard about macro dieting? Tried it before? Let us know here in the post or on our MEMBERS ONLY FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamFFD/

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