In the process of moving some posts from the old website to the new and came across this one. Which I think is a particularly interesting one to read and understand, now that summer is right on our doorstep.
Yesterday I had to go to London to renew my passport so I am able to fly to Spain in a few days. Not packed any meals as I am not in prep at the moment (but even if I were), getting the right balance and being able to enjoy all foods (yes, that’s right, absolutely anything and everything) in moderation is acceptable. And this should become the norm!
Anyway, this is what I have treated myself to:
Nowadays rumours are circulating that the more rigid your dietary guidelines are, the more “hardcore” you become.
I have spoken to a number of fellow gym regulars whom approach the nutritional topic very sensitively. They are restricting themselves only to “clean” foods. The majority are following a strict, “clean” diet from Monday all through to Saturday. And on Sunday, well, on Sunday they let loose and eat anything and everything on sight. Because as we all know, if we are constraining ourselves from that piece of chocolate for six consecutive days, the craving only gets worse and when Sunday finally arrives, instead of enjoying the one piece, we indulge in the entire chocolate bar. Then head to the shop to purchase another five, or ten.
While restrictive eating patterns and nonsensical dietary requirements MAY (controversial still) be optimal for as long as you’re looking to take down Phil Heath on the Olympia stage, you are otherwise fooling yourself thinking and pretending that avoiding your favourite foods makes you any better than anybody else.
I have one word for you, moderation.
Are you craving chocolate? Eat some damn chocolate. For as long as those pieces fit within your daily macronutrient requirements, you can have chocolate every day! This will also allow you to stick to your “diet” and keep you in check for a much longer period of time. And I found that eating a few pieces of chocolate every day also helped me overcome the desire to eat the entire block.
Having said that, you can enjoy whatever food you long for any day of the week in a manner that isn’t going to detract from and jeopardise your efforts in the gym.
Restrictive eating patterns will only contribute and eventually lead to developing a poor relationship with food. Waiting until next binge day most likely just means that you will end up consuming obscene quantities of junk food that you might have otherwise eaten over the course of a few months period, had you granted yourself the flexibility to fit it within your macros. You can refuse to believe it isn’t optimal if you like, but don’t discount that which you do not understand.
If you guys enjoyed reading this post and feel that you are starting to understand the whole IIFYM (if it fits your macros) approach which as you all know, I am very fond of and already preach; let me know and I will share more in the future.
If you haven’t already, make sure to give the place a try next time you’re in London! It’s pretty good!