It has been a while (a very long while) since I wrote a blog post. My poor old blog got a bit neglected when I started my YouTube channel. I have so many ideas for videos but in reality I am not going to have time to film them all, as it takes a long time to film, edit and upload a video, so I just thought blogging would be a good way of getting more content out to you guys on a more regular basis. I will still be filming my YouTube videos; I'm aiming for one video per week!!
So for my first post back I thought I would delve into the world of IIFYM and give you some of my tips for how to follow it especially if you are new to it!!
2. Buy a digital food scales; you can get them very cheaply in Argos, or even Lidl sometimes have them. This will be your new best friend!
3. Make sure you are hitting your fibre (at least 25g per day for women and 35g for males) and micronutrient targets by eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. Most vegetables have negligible carbs/calories for the amount you use with the exception of starchy vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips, and butternut squash. If you are having some broccoli with your dinner, don’t feel the need to weigh it as more than likely it will come out to very little calories and I want to encourage people to eat vegetables freely as they really are very good for you.
4. Make sure you add LOTS of flavour to your food to make it taste good; nobody wants to eat plain chicken breast. Use things like garlic, herbs, chilli, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and flavour drops from My Protein to jazz up your meals!
5. If you are a beginner to IIFYM, track all of your food for the ENTIRE day before you eat anything. This ensures you hit all your macros without being left with just protein and no carbs or fats left to hit (a disaster to any IIFYMer).
6. Give yourself a bit of leeway with hitting your targets, I normally do +/- 5g on protein and carbs and +/- 3g on fats. Try to get as close to your targets as possible but don’t be so strict on yourself that you have to hit them exactly. You will drive yourself insane if you do that!
7. If you have a busy lifestyle, and are on the go a lot, try to meal prep so you have some healthy meals to reach for when you don’t have time to cook.
8. Always have some snacks with you such as protein bars, nuts, and fruit. I keep an emergency protein bar in my handbag at all times.
9. BE PATIENT. Progress doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time so please just TRUST the process. It also takes time to get used to counting macros and weighing all your food so give yourself some time to adjust. It will happen, it just may take some time to get there!
Thanks for reading and if you have any tips you would like to share make sure to leave a comment below.