You have probably heard about the “If It Fits Your Macros” (or IIFYM) trend which has been increasing in popularity within the fitness and bodybuilding world. It’s not surprising that the concept was embraced and developed by people within the industry who were sick and tired of adhering to monotonous, restrictive meal plans in which the vast majority of foods were labeled as evil and forbidden. On a personal note, I jumped on the IIFYM bandwagon as well because I was fed up with avoiding certain so-called “bad” foods and also dealing with metabolic burnout from years of caloric restriction. What surprised me was the positive manner in which my body responded to taking in maintenance calories as opposed to constantly functioning at a caloric deficit which only served to slow down my metabolism.
So I was in the middle of prepping my pre/post workout meals and an idea came to me. I always eat the same sweet potato recipe and haven't changed it... until now! Thanks to my sponsors Ali's All Natural and Cavegirl Confections, I was able to add some major flavor into the mix! Below is how to make my latest creation...
I absolutely love this dish and would eat it every day!! Try it out and let me know what you think!
For this recipe I used a pea protein instead of the traditional whey you see more commonly.
Peas have no major allergens and are great for post-workout nutrition for athletes who may have difficulty supplementing with other types of protein.
Food…the final frontier.
There I was, in line at the grocery store while sporting the usual sweaty tank top after a workout. As the cashier rings me up she says, “I’ve been trying to lose weight and I eat pretty clean and balanced, am I doing something wrong?” I replied, “Well how much are you eating in a day total?” After a long pause, she answered, “I don’t know.” Then I probably said something witty, smiled, put on my sunglasses like Horatio from CSI and walked away in slow motion.
A recent study published in the journal Obesity sent shockwaves through the health and fitness community like nothing seen in recent months. The study, declaring that you could drink diet soda and lose weight, seemed counter-intuitive and left many personal trainers scratching their heads.
Salt has gotten a bad rap due to its rampant overuse in the food and restaurant industries and its potential to elevate blood pressure in susceptible individuals...
So, a very highly debated topic lately is clean eating versus IIFYM. For those of you that are not clear on what IIFYM stands for, it’s "If It Fits Your Macros". My goal with this article is not to change anyone's opinion on either one. My goal is to simply inform everyone of how IIFYM works. What I have found is almost every post I see about IIFYM is loaded with misinformation on how IIFYM works.