Flexible dieting isn’t a”diet” in the sense that we’re used to that word being used. When we hear “diet”, we imagine restriction, calorie counting, and cutting out the things we enjoy. Instead, flexible dieting is just simply a way of eating within your lifestyle. Fad diets tend to only treat the symptom of weight gain, that is, it limits how much you eat. Flexible dieting makes it easier to understand: you can enjoy food but in a healthy and measured way.
We all know about calories, but diets often make the concept confusing and more difficult to understand. They want you to rely on them to get your information. The diet industry wants you to stay in the diet cycle. The basic facts are your body burns a set number of calories a day, through bodily functions and basic daily activities. These are your maintenance calories.
If you eat the same number of calories that you burn, then your weight will not change.
If, however, you eat fewer calories than your maintenance amount, your body takes its additional needs from the fat stores in your body. This is how you lose weight.
When you eat more calories than your maintenance number, your body takes the excess, and it is stored in your body as fat.
A basic diet should aim for 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fat.
Flexible dieting believes that that goal can be achieved through eating a range of healthy foods, but even “less healthy” food can be enjoyed in moderation and within your calorie budget. Your body had nutrient requirements which should be considered. It needs vitamins and minerals to keep working optimally so these should be prioritised. But if you do eat a large amount of “junk” foods, flexible dieting doesn’t punish you. You work this into your calorie budget and continue.