In effort to clarify some common misconceptions in the fitness industry regarding dieting trends, physiological theories, and training styles, we at Team Elite will always research, question, and defy these myths for our clients.

Team Elite wants you to understand that the most crucial advice concerning diet we can share with our clients is that there are zero absolute truths existing in real science. We will never guarantee that any diet approach will be successful for everyone, or that it’s the the ONLY way. Time and trial allow us to adjust any plan to your particular needs, so any coach that states otherwise or who will not tailor a plan to your specific needs as time indicates, is not leading you on the right path. Our advice in that case is to run really fast in the other direction.

Having said this, I’d like to cover the topic of the ever popular “If It Fits Your Macros Diet” or IIFYM, as it is commonly known. It is a diet trend that has gained increasing popularity over the last 5 years for obvious reasons. Sounds great…eat ice cream and you’re guaranteed to get lean. Why not jump on board? Is IIFYM black or white? No, it’s a very gray concept and a calorie counting process with some legitimate basic scientific support that shows it is possible to lose weight or gain muscle while choosing to eat so called “junk foods.“ Is it our goal to just lose weight or pack size? No, we are seeking to build the most aesthetic body in the industry.

This diet is designed for the general population with less emphasis on fitness goals. Let’s take a look at what IIFYM really entails. IIFYM can be defined as a precise calorie counting method by which one aims to focus on meeting daily macro nutritional intake targets and less emphasis on what it takes to get there. While this eating trend allows flexibility in food selections that adhere to an allotted caloric total, some enthusiasts of this approach also go as far as saying that all foods are created equal and timing of certain foods have no significance in the outcome or success. How can this be true or accurate?

I want you to be aware that there are a number of variables that are very crucial for you to know before adopting this approach. Are you presently lean/stage ready? How fast is your metabolism? What is your body type? Does your body react well to insulin or lactose, and of course, how realistic are you as an individual? For example, how soon are you expecting to or achieve your desired results? We are all different down to our hormonal makeup, and what foods our unique hormonal handprint allows us to work off efficiently. There are so many varied reactions our bodies have when considering the chemical effects that take place when we eat. This factor makes it impossibleto declare that this is the perfect style for everyone to choose. Nothing about food planning is black and white. In fact, there is a large gray area that humans fall into. And because each one of us represents a total of very different sums, what works for each one of us is discovered after trial and error, dedication, commitment and guided choices. That’s why you’ve chosen Team Elite. We’re not about instant gratification, or careless decisions. Team Elite is the choice for those athletes who are committed to their goals and are willing to give it 110% while working toward the perfect physique/health combination.

However, there is clarification that should be understood upon examining this approach to dieting. One must understand that while flexibility is acceptable in general, not all food is created equal and our micro nutrients play a very important role in our chemical makeup. Different foods have different effects on our mood, and the hormones and the significance of hormones and the role food plays in balancing them is critical in achieving a professional level physique. Putting physique aside, those of us who choose to adopt the “fit life” want it because we know the dangers and the toll that many of these “junk foods” take on our overall health. We are in tune with our bodies and understand the way certain unfavorable additives make us feel. Eating even small amounts of junk food on a daily basis could cause a number of other health related complications. Cigarettes, for example, do not cause weight gain but are bad for our overall health, so we choose not to engage in this activity because it is not good for our overall health and longevity.

Sugar is linked to aging, weakened immune systems, high blood pressure, cholesterol, liver disease, and insulin resistance. Similarly “junk foods” are laden with GMO’s, refined sugars, gluten, additives and a number of other inflammatory ingredients that wreak havoc on our bodies. If you enjoy having these foods on occasion always keep realistic expectations in mind, and be aware of how your body reacts.

So what does this all mean? It means that “flexible dieting” is possible in given circumstances. The goals are to always maintain balance and do not go to extremes. Eating fruits, vegetables, proteins, fats, and the right carbs should be definite choices in your daily intake, and the ultimate goal is to maintain homeostasis in our bodies. Getting sugar from fruit is not the same as a getting it from ice-cream or a pop tart. Not all foods are the same or maintain the same health benefits. Our goal is to get the highest level of quality from our foods. We want the highest grade of fuel for our machines. We require these macro and micro nutrients to function properly. Extremes exist when unrealistic goals are placed. We should give ourselves enough time to achieve the level of body fat we desire in order to incorporate a healthy, well- rounded diet.

(Richard D Feynman* and Eugene J Fine, nutrition journal). Your micro nutrient intake may allow for sugar but the results of gaining from fruit vs. pop tarts will provide very different results Richard D Feynman* and Eugene J Fine, nutrition joururnalhttp://www.nutritionj.com/content/3/1/9/about#citations