The concept behind flexible dieting is fairly simple – your body does not treat a gram of carbohydrate coming from a doughnut any differently than a gram of carbohydrate from mega-organic brown rice produced by happy workers with paid health and social insurances. The same applies to protein – it does not matter whether it originates from genetically modified beef often found in the mouths of fatsos sponsoring fast food restaurants or eggs produced by free chickens running in the wild. It’s still protein at the of the day.
The built-in processing mechanisms in your system don’t read labels. They just break down whatever is available and spread the nutrients appropriately. This principle is the driving force behind flexible dieting which is also known as IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros).
Who made flexible dieting famous?
I can’t tell you who the exact originator is, but most people learn about it from members of the so-called aesthetic crew.
It’s not a coincidence that you often get to see guys like Matt Ogus, Jeff Seid, Chris Jones and their fellow aesthetic brothers consume junk food in fast food restaurants while flexing their biceps and admiring one another.
“Flex your biceps for me, Jeffrey.”
This is a common behavior for members of the aesthetic crew. Rumor has it that they also like knocking on doors to show their abs, arms and chest muscles to strangers. It makes the world a more aesthetic place, they say. Don’t believe me? Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcooJcAns7o
Note: The video is not safe for work. In fact, it’s better to get caught watching regular porn than this garbage. Why? Try it and you will see.
Since fitness models and bodybuilders are extremely lean, people begin to wonder:
Is flexible dieting the key to carving ripped abs without driving yourself crazy or is it a cover-up for drug use?
It’s a little bit of both.
Does flexible dieting work?
Yes, it does work because the basic requirement for losing fat (caloric deficit) is met. As long as the number of calories is low enough, you will lose weight even if you replace brown rice with chocolate, candy bars or ice cream.
When you think about it, flexible dieting is a way to hack the system as much as nature allows you to. This nutritional plan resembles a loop hole engineered by a shrewd lawyer.
One of the hardest parts of dieting is keeping the bad simple carbohydrates under control. Carbs are the playboys of the food industry. They are everywhere and constantly in your face. The result is a carb based over-sexualization. This happens because carbs are cheap and usually taste great. They also give you a high which coupled with provocative names and shiny packaging lures many people into excessive sugar consumption. The downside is that processed carbohydrates can play a number on your system. Moreover, they are the reason why your dentist has a house by the beach, drives an Aston Martin and wears jeans more expensive than your computer.
Out of the three main macronutrients, carbs are the least important and yet the most seductive. Processed carbohydrates behave like a bad girl that comes with all the trouble in the world, and yet you still want her. When the dream is over, you wake up with regret and emotional pain settles in. “I should have known better.”
I know a fanatic follower of the low carb keto diet who advises people to eat the dirtiest carbs such as pancakes, chocolate bars, candies and even just sugar if you are into it. His reasoning is that those taste much better than the so-called saint carbohydrates (e.g., brown rice and oat meal). In addition, according to him, the slow releasing carbs are more harmful than the dirty cheap version because they elevate your blood sugar for a longer period of time compared to the short spike that you get from pure sugar. However, he also advises people to limit their carbs to 15% of the food consumed in a day.
Will flexible dieting give me shredded abs while allowing me to test the evolution of fast food?
It will give you abs as long as you maintain the required caloric deficit. If that condition is not met, even clean eating will not make you shredded. Many fatsos don’t eat bad foods, they just eat a lot. Meanwhile, there are skinny dudes who live on ice cream and have more definition than the clean fatsos because their overall calories are low. However, flexible dieting is not going to give you the leanness showcased by modern fitness models.
The majority of people who make money from their bodies are on steroids that facilitate the maintenance of low body fat levels. Even if you follow their training programs and nutritional strategies, you won’t acquire the same look. Many delusional followers of those glute pinners have been doing this for years without much to show for.
When a natural starts to cut, he is usually informed of his progress by people close to him.
“Are you doing well, honey? You look like you are about to die. Is there something you are not telling me. Are you going to die? Are you sick, honey?”
Meanwhile, roid users following the same flexible diets get compliments from their followers and loved ones.
“You are shredded as cunt now.”, “Good job damn it.”
Simply put, naturals don’t have the muscle mass required to look big at low body fat levels.
What are the downsides of flexible dieting?
If all your macros come from bad sources, you are at a much higher risk of getting sick although nobody can predict the future.
My grandmother died from liver cancer without knowing what alcohol is. At the same time, I know a guy in the neighborhood who was drunk 24/7. Most of the time he looked half-dead. He is still alive today despite having drunk Al Capone’s alcohol warehouse.
Having said that, there are immediate negative effects. Junk food often causes stomach pain, acne and blood sugar problems.
I had a friend who at one point decided to eat exclusively at McDonald’s and KFC. He remained almost the same visually but developed a nasty stomach problem.
If you keep the consumption of junk food at a moderate level, you are unlikely to experience serious problems. There is a threshold beyond which you will get hurt, but as long as you stay below it, you will be fine.