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There is a constant stream of diet information coming at us – eat this, not that, eat clean, this food will (insert detrimental health effect) – making food something to be feared, controlled or restricted. But is this normal?
I don’t diet; I just… “I don’t diet; I just eat clean.” Maybe you would end this sentence with “I just eat whole foods” or “I just watch what I eat.” As a dietitian, I’m happy to see traditional diets going out of vogue and to see people embracing fewer processed foods and aiming to include more plant-based foods throughout the day. However, dieting doesn’t stop with specific diet programs; the diet mentality lives on.
I am always interested in the latest diets. A few months ago, I heard of IIFYM from a fitness leader who is using it to train for her second bodybuilding competition. IIFYM stands for “If It Fits Your Macros,” also known as flexible dieting. It comes from the fitness and bodybuilding community as a way to change body composition for competitions. It has recently caught on with people who want to lose weight.
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Study from UBC; October 2016
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