An IIFYM meal plan isn't really a meal plan at all, it's a set of guidelines that if followed will produce a a reliable set of results, whether that's fat loss, muscle gain or even both.
What is IIFYM?
IIFYM stands for "If It Fits Your Macros" and it's a very flexible way of eating. Unlike meal plans which can be restrictive, IIFYM means that you can eat what you want as long as it fits your macros. If you find meal plans boring, or don't want meals with long recipe lists, an IIFYM meal plan could be the perfect fit for you.
A strength of the IIFYM meal plan is that it makes you focus on the metrics that matter, and you embrace the idea that there are no good or bad foods, and learn the awareness and moderation needed for long-term results.
Following an 'if it fits your macros' approach is as much about learning as it is about doing, you'll quickly find yourself more aware of the foods you're eating, and leaning to follow principles rather than rigid rules means that you'll be able to maintain your weight and energy levels no matter where you are.
Our IIFYM Meal Plan Templates
At fitplans, we realise that some people prefer the flexibility of guidelines over the ease of more rigid eating plans, this is why the majority of our plans are available as an IIFYM meal plan, allowing you to track your food intake over the day and compare against your IIFYM guidelines.
Our IIFYM meal plans include clean eating (our standard plan), ketogenic, low-carb, and ketogenic. There's no versions of paleo, vegetarian or vegan however as these plans are based on calories and macronutrients, what you eat is left completely up to you!
Following Your Macro Meal Plan
When making a meal plan to fit your macros, there are a few things to keep in mind! While weight loss and muscle gain can be produced fairly reliably when you combine a good fitness plan with an IIFYM meal plan, good health is dependent on eating a variety of health-promoting foods.
- Favour whole grains over white, processed carbs
- Eat plenty of vegetables
- Eat a variety of types of foods to get the nutrients your body needs (dairy, starchy vegetables, fibrous vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, seeds and pulses can all add to your diet)
- If following a vegetarian diet, vary your protein sources. Vegetarian sources of protein are not absorbed as well so you need to eat a variety of types to cover all essential amino acids.
Even if you do not follow the above guidelines, IIFYM usually produces great results. Just remember that there's more to being fit and healthy than how you look!