About IIFYM and the way our team eats.
Forget what you know about contest prep dieting. You have heard over and over that you have to "eat clean" to get to stage. You've heard that you can ONLY eat turkey, chicken, fish and brown rice or you "won't look right". Well.. you have heard wrong.
Bro-diets are based in old science. Why stay stuck in science that is from the last century.
IIFYM is the acronym for "If It fits Your Macros" It was born from Body Building to help combat "Bro Fatigue"- being sick of the same old food.
Flexible Dieting/IIFYM/Macro Counting is not a diet. We use variety in our food choices. In prep we eat well and maintain a colorful, healthful mix of food. We have daily nutrition goals that must be met. We track our macros and we eat well!
IIFYM is NOT about eating pop tarts all day. It's eating for your physique goals with good nutrition and food that otherwise would not be on a "BRO" plan.
I want to tell you about my coaches who handed me a meal plan of
Turkey, chicken, fish and 12 cups of spinach a day. I had more health issues than you can imagine. I did not look better than I did on IIFYM. I was missing solid nutrition with that menu. I was bored, hungry and ready to binge at the end of my prep. BTW..my menu was the same menu my other team mates had too.
How could that be the best thing for my body? It wasn't.
Our food is wonderful. It's amazing and fun. We share in the learning of how food effects us and our stage physique. We actively learn how to improve our physiques and sports performance by using IIFYM. We have advanced competitors who do a fully flexible peak week and do it successfully! This doesn't happen overnight but as a team, we focus and get better each day.
Not only do we work together on IIFYM, I have written two ebooks that will help you in your off season as well as our full IIFYM Prep Bible.
If you are a previous Bro/Clean eater, have no fear. We will teach you how to transition to IIFYM.
All food has macros. Clean food, boxed food, processed food, beer, it all has macros. There are no magic foods that thin your skin and peanut butter doesn't "stick to your ass". My hope is that we can help you learn how to prep for your show like a smart girl and not use old wives tales to make decisions on your nutrition.
Our actual prep food from our team.
I know there are lots of pictures here on this page. I want you to understand exactly how fun prep food is. As an athlete, you do not need to eat food you don't like. You will not gag on egg whites or cover them in mustard (which has macros). We eat food that are pleasing to us and we do not feel deprived.