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If you have a go-getter personality, you might benefit from a structured plan that will get you to your goals quickly. The following options can all be a good fit depending on your goals and schedule. We recommend browsing and testing one or two diet plans to find the perfect one for you!
IIFYM stands for If It Fits Your Macros. Macros are short for macronutrients, i.e. protein, fat, and carbs. The premise of IIFYM is that you can get results as long as your consumption fits within your macronutrient plan. This gives you the flexibility to eat mostly healthy foods with a small allowance for treats. The IIFYM diet is popular in weightlifting groups. You can start by calculating your macros at IIFYM.com.
Perfect for: Trying to lose weight while gaining muscle and strength. This diet has a big focus on protein.
Keep Looking: If you’re not interested in calculations. Weighing your food plays a big part in the success of this diet.
This one’s a bit different than IIFYM. When counting calories, you set your calorie budget and eat within that amount each day. Like IIFYM, this method lets you sneak in some treats without going overboard. Here’s a calorie calculator you can use depending on your goals.
Perfect for: Anyone trying to lose, gain, or maintain weight but don’t want to adhere to a strict macro level diet.
Keep Looking: If you need to eat a balanced macronutrient profile diet (heavy lifters, long runners).
OMAD stands for One Meal A Day. The premise: Eat one meal a day. That’s it. The cool thing about OMAD is you can use inspiration from calorie counting, IIFYM, 16:8 (see below), paleo, or other diets since this lifestyle is solely based on focused consumption.
Perfect for: People who are extremely busy or who don’t like, or have time, to eat all day.
Keep Looking: If you like to eat various meals per day, struggle to finish big meals, or need to fuel properly for a physically demanding job or training session.
Intermittent fasting is growing in popularity due to its various health benefits such as improved brain function, leveling of metabolism, skin clarity, cell regeneration, and hormonal balance. 16:8 fasting involves fasting for a 16-hour period and eating within an 8-hour period. It’s not for everyone, but the benefits can be huge.
Perfect for: People looking for overall health benefits and who don’t like munching all day.
Keep Looking: If you struggle with hunger or empty stomach pains.
Low Carb Diet
Low carb diets focus on consuming more fats and proteins than carbs. Paleo, keto, and Atkins are all popular examples of low carb diets. Eat low carb on days when you’re not lifting weights, and this diet will help with bloating and maintaining your weight level.
Perfect for: People who feel they are eating too much sugar and simple carbohydrates. Or those who hold onto water and bloat easily.
Keep Looking: If you’re vegetarian or vegan as this diet tends to be very animal product heavy.
Of course, there are plenty of diet options out there. The above suggestions are a few of the trendiest we’ve found, but that doesn’t mean they’re right for everyone. Do your research and be sure to test various options to find the one that best suits your lifestyle. As a go-getter, we know you will!
If you’ve enjoyed our series but know strict-dieting is not for you, then maybe a workout plan is your best option. If you live at an