So what’s up with the term “flexible dieting” that you may hear me saying from time to time?
Its not really a specific diet, it’s a form of control you have of your food intake. That’s either semi-tracking calories, tracking your calories completely or just incorporating really good habits with an awareness of calorie dense foods that you may have.
• Not a strict or rigid diet plan – You don’t feel like you are tied down to only consuming certain foods.
• Suits your lifestyle – Fit your foods around your work and social life.
• Awareness of calorie amounts in foods – Makes you learn roughly the amount of calories you are taking in and some foods or beverages you may not have been aware of that are highly calorific, no matter if they are healthy or not which is important if the aim is fat loss as only a calorie deficit can achieve this.
• 80/20 rule – 80% of your daily food intake will consist of highly nutritious foods like your veg, fruit, meat, dairy, grains and 20% of the non nutritious food like that mocha at Costa or a bar of chocolate.
• Can enjoy social occasions – You can enjoy a meal out with your family or friends.
• Sustainable – Because you can incorporate some foods you desire then it makes it easier to stick to. If it’s easier to stick to then there is more chance you will be successful with it. This leads to sustainability.
• Can be creative with foods – As there is no restrictions then you can be as creative as you like with your food. Being aware of the calories you are consuming of course.
And on a final point, no matter how flexible or enjoyable your eating habits is, there still has to be sacrifice made. Instead of filling your plate with calorie dense desserts and finger foods at a party you opt for a filling chicken salad and a few vodka and calorie free mixers.
By FF Nutrition Coach