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Why does the Flexible Dieting macro calculator tell me to eat so many calories?
The numbers that the IIFYM macro calculator spits out are based on the numbers you input for your body and energy levels.
Most people think these numbers are high for one of two reasons:
1. They really have no idea of how many calories they consume daily because they have never accurately tracked their calories or macros.
2. They are brainwashed and believe that men should eat 1800 and 1200 calories respectively. These numbers are old logic that doctors used in the 1950’s to help the morbidly obese people of that generation lose weight.
When people think of dieting, they think of calorie restriction, they think of starving themselves, and they think about not dieting.
The calories and macros our IIFYM calculator gives you appear to be high, you don’t need to create a 50% caloric deficit to lose weight. 15% is perfect, yet still, people always feel that more is better, so they increase the deficit and do their best to sabotage this simple program.
Hit your macros and stay out of your own way! IIFYM works, but you have to let it!
(If you’re looking for an even more in-depth explanation of our reasoning, here’s a great article outlining every reason: Why Does IIFYM Give So Many Calories)