Flexible dieting is a very controversial topic in the bodybuilding/fitness industry.
If you don't know what flexible dieting is -- here's a quick snippet:
Many fitness programs may require hitting a specific amount of macronutrients per day. Macronutrients are grams of protein carbs and fats.
For example one of my online training clients online training clients is currently eating:
260 grams of carbs
155 grams of protein
74 grams of fat
I encourage my athletes and clients to hit their macros by consuming:
-lean protein sources
Flexible dieting has put a whole new spin on things.
Instead of eating the things I listed above - people are filling their macros with comfort foods.
Cereals, gushers, donuts, bread, ect.
I personally do not really believe in flexible dieting HOWEVER I try to be understanding & can see why some may do something like this.
PROS of FLEXIBLE DIETING:
-can help you mentally if you are really craving something sweet
-can help curve cravings
-you can get creative with funky foods
-you may not feel like you are "dieting"
-processed foods are easier to throw together (meal prep)
-requires less cooking
CONS of FLEXIBLE DIETING:
-insulin/blood sugar spikes
-ingesting chemicals, artificial sweeteners, & fake coloring into your system
-may make you feel sluggish
-can alter hormone and energy levels
-can lead to a hard "bounce back" when dieting is "over"
There you have it - my pros and cons to flexible dieting.
I am not saying you can NEVER have a scoop of ice-cream for Petes sake.
"dieting" is a word I strongly dislike.
Eating clean + eating healthy should be a choice/lifestyle.
If you have to mentally prepare yourself to eat healthy & if you feel like you are constantly craving junk food. It's time to take a step back a genuinely analyze what you are doing.
Be realistic with yourself & your results.
Creating a plan that fits your lifestyle is important.
Keep in mind.
One meal will not make you GAIN WEIGHT
One meal will not make you GET LEAN.
You reflect what you do on a regular basis.