These are our top posts from the absolute beginning. This isn’t about our personal favorites, this is about the posts our audience appreciated the most. The ones that were the most insightful and useful to everyone who follows and continues to support us.
On that note, we are beyond grateful to all of our readers, followers, and clients. Our aim is to continue putting out more content and resources to help you succeed. The Macro Calculator is a prime example of this, we are always building upon it to help our audience.
Each post below is geared towards creating sustainable lifestyle habits. Without further setup, here’s the list:
1. Tracking Alcohol Macros – Can I Drink With IIFYM?
Alcohol consumption is heavily ingrained in our society today. Which make sense that it sits at number one on our blog as the most searched. Even though we don’t condone drinking at IIFYM.com, the people have spoken.
We created this since it’s so common among our population and it would be a tall task to eliminate from everyone’s diet.
We delve into whether you can drink alcohol, how you can track it, and what is the best way to go about it while dieting. As the cliche goes, “everything in moderation”(I’m sure this will get skewed). That pertains to alcohol and dieting quite a bit.
To read the entire article, here’s the full post.
On top of this article, we have a couple of articles that go over low-calorie alcoholic drinks that are easier to track.
2. The Perfect Macro Ratio: Is There A Superior Macro Split?
This is a loaded question, which is why we fleshed it out. If you’ve been here for a while then you know the answer to this question. Figuring out what ratio works best for you may take some time and understanding (or a coach to create a plan for you such as our Macro Blueprint).
We go over each facet that needs to be considered to make the right choice. The beauty of this article is that it addresses what each macronutrient brings to the table and what factors are in play.
To see what will lead you to a great macro split, read the entire blog post here.
3. Do I Add Back Calories I Burn During Exercise?
I’d be Scrooge McDuck if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this question. Diving around in gold coins like a maniac, getting in enough exercise solely doing that.
This is a simple answer, but of course, there’s a reason why. This article goes over why macro calculators such as ours include all activity (involuntary and voluntary) within their calculations.
4. IIFYM & Carb Cycling
Whenever someone mentions carb cycling, my first thought is a person eating a sandwich on a bike. If that’s similar to your thinking on the topic, we’re both not far off from what carb cycling is.
With that said, this has to be one of the most common diet approaches. Its scientific backing isn’t there but it still has value. Its benefit stems from helping with diet adherence which is arguably the second most important aspect of being successful in changing your body composition.
There’s a lot of lifestyle scenarios where carb cycling can be applied, but it does have its disadvantages as well.
What’s even better is that we added another carb cycling article that fleshes it out even more. Check out that post here.
5. The PCOS Playbook: Tracking Macros For Weight Loss
When I began working here PCOS clients were few and far between. Now, “Close to 12% of our female clients have PCOS and need dietary and nutrition changes. This means that over 250 women diagnosed with PCOS come to IIFYM every month…” So, it comes as no surprise that this article comes in at number 5 on the list.
The prevalence of PCOS seems to only be growing (especially in the U.S.). Yet, the positive aspect of this post is that the science of nutrition is trending in a positive direction for women dealing with PCOS.
There’s more available data which can help them decide how to follow a sustainable diet. Here’s the full post which includes the PCOS macro calculator.
(Side note: please consult your preferred physician before following any diet suggestions on our site or any other.)
6. 30 Tips To Maximize Food Volume With Low Macros
This isn’t the exciting part of dieting down, we wish that no one had to get here to reach their body composition goals. Thinking about “poverty macros” makes me sad, but fret not, it should be temporary.
On that note, satiation while not having enough calories is a crucial aspect that we go over. Some of these tips are incredibly simple while others are game changers and make this process sufferable.
Although I don’t wish eating low calorie on my worst enemy, this article doesn’t make it sound so bad.
7. The Benefits and Drawbacks Of The Keto Diet
Oh, the keto craze, it’s not only alive but it’s thriving. Just when you think it’s dwindling, it rears its head out of nowhere. This isn’t to talk down on the diet but to point out that there is so much misinformation associated with it.
It has its own zealots that believe ketogenic dieting is superior and magical (hint: it’s not, it works but it’s not the best. There is no “best diet”.)
Although the above statements make me sound like a hater. We have had plenty of clients who follow a keto diet since it fits their lifestyle. In any case, this article is an incredible analysis of the diet and whether it’s worth your time.
8. Why Does IIFYM Give So Many Calories?
This movement is massive, it’s much larger than us (obviously); even though we are an authority in it. IIFYM is an idea that you can achieve flexibility while dieting. Yet, dieting is synonymous with eating low-calorie and suffering along the way.
For chronic dieters, this means being masochistic. We have been told to hate ourselves while we are working on changing our body composition. The classic diet, a woman should eat 1200-1500 calories, while men should eat between 1800-2000 calories to lose weight.
This general guideline grossly oversimplifies the process. We have been fighting for years to alter that misconception, so far, we are hopeful that this is a dying phenomenon.
With that said, the concern that our coaches or calculator give too many calories is still prevalent. Those same people who ask us, and follow their macros end up reaching their goals. Nothing makes us happier than seeing that.
Without further introduction, here’s the full article to see why we provide the intake we do.
9. Tracking Macros While Dining Out: The 3 Best Approaches
Although cooking and prepping your own meals has so many economic and health advantages, going out is great. Trying new places with friends and/or family can be a healthy habit.
Just because your dieting doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying this part of life. Dieting down often leads to isolating behavior. This is why IIFYM (flexible dieting) is a great approach since it’s not a restrictive diet that has you weeping on a minute-to-minute basis.
Anyway, go out and frolick about while you enjoy losing fat. To find out the best strategies to do so, read the full post.
10. How Much Protein Is Needed While Following IIFYM?
Protein is fundamental to your success while dieting for fat loss, and is essential, period. It’s incredibly useful while looking to alter your body composition for the better. Without a sufficient amount, you won’t retain as much fat-free mass (bye, bye beautiful muscles). So, understandably, this question resonates heavily with our audience.
Yet, this post isn’t about fear-mongering you into consuming more, but to help you find your sweet spot while in a calorie deficit. No need to worry, since this can be simplified.
Here’s the full article to help you rest assured you’re consuming enough while on a calorie-restricted program.