I am not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way the message was misconstrued. Between the point where Alan Aragon advocated the 80/20 rule for following your macronutrient guidelines and now, the concept of flexible dieting/IIFYM seems to have shifted in a terrible direction.

You see people on instagram posting pictures depicting bacchanals reserved for parties of one. Then there was the long running Pop Tart joke that everyone made fun of. While flexible dieting itself is fantastic, it’s not meant to be a gorge fest. Fact about it, there are a few rules to keep in mind.

 

1. Nutrients Matter

Micronutrients matter. Things like Iron, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and so on. In simple terms, food can fall into four categories:

  • Nutrient Dense
  • Calorically Dense
  • Calorically Sparse
  • Nutritionally Devoid

Not only that, there are combinations of the them. For instance, a Hass Avocado has B6, Potassium, Folate, and many other micronutrients. It also has about ten grams of fiber and 20 grams of fat. Out of the three categories, it is both nutrient and calorically dense. It also costs extra when you buy it as guacamole. Then, there are foods like doughnuts. I will leave you to fill in the blanks on where it falls in the above categories.

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