What is Flexible Dieting?

I’ve had patients tell me they were told flexible dieting is where you can hit eight percent of your nutrition goals in a day and not one hundred percent. That means you are going to eat eight percent of my recommendations. Furthermore, they were informed they can enjoy themselves and go out to dinner on the weekend and eat what they want. There is no need to obsess about their nutrition and diet program. Their progress will be slower, and the process will be more sustainable and enjoyable. I have read where following a diet program one hundred percent is like being in prison.

According to the National Association of Sports Medicine flexible dieting is also known as “If It Fits Your Macros,” or IFFYM, is a nutritional dietary concept that proposes eating based off calories and the right proportion of macronutrients. It suggests you can eat any type of food, as long as it fits your macronutrient profile. Remember, macronutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, and protein.

“Flexible dieting” is a popular weight loss program. It promotes the notion that there are no “bad foods” and allows you to choose any food, as long as it fits within your macronutrient needs. Flexible dieting has risen in popularity due to its adaptable nature, which allows followers to still indulge in their favorite foods as part of their eating plan.


Functionised Integrative Therapeutics

My initial thoughts are as a health care provider with thirty years of clinical experience, a Chiropractor, and a Clinical Nutritionist with an MS in Human Nutrition is why would you only follow eighty percent of my recommendations. You are spending your time and hard-earned money to come see me as a clinician. I have an expectation in a doctor-patient relationship that a patient seeking care would want to follow my recommendations. There are always extraneous circumstances where a patient cannot follow recommendations. However, I will have a conversation with the patient to determine why this is so and recommend an appropriate course of action to get that patient “on board” with those recommendations.

Let’s look at some examples. As a Chiropractic Physician if you come to my office and you have back pain from a herniated disc. I recommend care at three times weekly for four weeks and home exercises. If you decide only to follow eighty percent of those recommendations, you may not receive the full benefit of care.

The same is for nutrition. If a patient enters our office and whether they want to lose weight for a wedding, want wellness, have high cholesterol, and perhaps diabetes we would want our patients to follow our recommendations. You would not want me to give you eighty percent of my knowledge, skill, education, training, an experience. We would not want you to follow our program only eighty percent of the time.

Cons of Flexible Dieting

Flexible dieting permits you to eat want you want. In our office we recommend food sensitivity testing. The test includes 180 different foods that has the potential to cause diet induced inflammation. The test will test us what foods you should be eating and what foods you should be avoiding. A flexible diet permits you to eat foods that potentially can be harmful to you. It is our goal to have you feeling and functioning like you never have before that you do not eat favorite foods that can be dangerous for you. We would recommend a very specific diet based on the testing. Our programs are very individualized for your biochemistry and metabolism.

If you like processed foods as part of your flexible dieting plan this can lead to diet induced inflammation and chronic lifestyle diseases. A recent study indicated that eating processed foods are associated with a higher incidence of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and even cancer. Processed foods are associated with a poorer diet quality. Processed foods include breakfast cereals, cheese, tinned vegetables, bread, snacks, meat products, convenience foods such as microwave meals or ready meals, cakes and biscuits, and drinks such as soft drinks.

Flexible dieting accounts for macronutrients; however, it does not account for micronutrients. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are important for your metabolism. We may recommend a vitamin and mineral panel. From there we will recommend the micronutrients that you are deficient in. This would help your individual needs.

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