Why I Converted From an IIFYM Diet to a Ketogenic Diet

If It Fits Your Macros or IIFYM, the diet that allows you to eat any type of food as long as you are counting your calories and reaching your caloric goal every day (by using a scale).

A quick science lesson for y’all…

..as long as you eat below the amount of calories that your body burns, then you are going to lose weight. This is just the simple law of thermodynamics. This also goes for gaining strength as well. If you are eating above the amount of calories you are burning, you will gain strength and muscle.

The reason everyone hopped on the IIFYM bandwagon, is because it allows you to eat virtually whatever you want as long as you are tracking your macros (macronutrients) every time you eat something.

iifym to ketogenic diet

It works, don’t get me wrong, I was on the IIFYM diet for more than a year and I got great results.

Let me give you a couple quick reasons why I started the if it fits your macro diet:

  • Because I could eat whatever I want as long as I was under a certain amount of calories.
  • Because I was told a calorie is a calorie no matter what kind of food you get it from.
  • Because everyone was preaching how effective the ‘if it fits your macros’ diet is.
  • Because the thought of being able to eat pizza and oreos while having abs was awesome.

Here’s the thing though, you have to be very precise and neurotic with the way you eat. You literally have to to keep a log of everything you eat to make sure that you are hitting your goals.

This just isn’t ideal for people who have busy lifestyles and actually have shit to do. Come to think about it, the only people I know who are religious about the IIFYM diet are those who don’t have any major responsibilities such as a full-time job. The only people who I know who can stick to this way of eating have devoted a significant amount of time to dieting. 

And for what cost? To look slightly better? 

The only thing I really keep track of now is my ketone levels. (I recommend getting a ketone meter, but ketone strips work too, just not as accurate.)

Not only that, my energy levels were also shot because I was eating pizza, oreos, and anything that I was in the mood for. This meant that I wasn’t properly sustaining my body with the correct nutrients in order to function optimally.

It’s also good marketing if you think about it.

Everyone out there, all of these fitness coaches tell their clients that they can get a six pack eating whatever they feel like as long as they’re eating below the allotted caloric intake.

What these fitness coaches don’t tell you, is how shitty you’re going to feel because of the diet. Or how much time you have to put towards weighing your food before eating it (sounds weird just reading it right?). Sure, you’re going to get results, you’ll probably look great too, but at what cost? Are you willing to count every single calorie you are eating and willing to sacrifice energy for a great body?

So after what seemed like forever on the IIFYM diet, I wanted to try something else. I was tired of having to track everything I ate, how could that be fun for anyone? 

This is when the ketogenic diet came into my life. It was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made to switch to a ketogenic diet.

Not only am I still in peak physical shape, my energy levels are tremendous, and my testosterone went up as well..

Don’t get me wrong I was in peak physical condition when counting macros, but it’s not worth the time, effort, or resources. If you just look through new fitness blogs and social media out there, you’ll see the same thing. People are preaching how you can lose weight by eating absolutely any kind of carb you want.

Once I hopped on the ketogenic diet, I’ll admit,  I got weaker for a short period of time. But once my body got used to using fat for energy rather than carbs, everything changed.

Side note: Using exogenous ketones helps tremendously in the beginning. They help your body convert fat into energy very quickly. I recommend it highly for beginners.

iifym to ketogenic diet

Here’s the thing, I don’t have to track any of my food on a keto diet as long as I keep my carb intake as low as possible. To me, that is one of the greatest feelings because I don’t have to think about food all day every day.

And as I said before, it simply doesn’t fit in a normal lifestyle.

What are you gonna do, pull out your scale when you’re out to eat with your friends ? 

The counter argument to this is, completely cutting carbs out can cause as much of a detriment to your social life as the IIFYM diet can. Having experienced both, I can hands down tell you I barely even notice that i’m on a so-called “diet”. 

Being on the IIFYM diet can also do a huge toll on your hormones and your overall well-being if you aren’t eating nutrient dense foods and are in the process of trying to lose weight. When counting macros, the common protocol is to eat high protein, high carb, and very low fats. I’m not sure if you guys know this, but by cutting your fats out to such an extreme levels can do a SERIOUS detriment to your hormones. 

I remember when I was around 7 to 8 % body fat through the IIFYM diet, I felt like absolute horse shit. 

I would wake up in the morning hungry, tired, and pissed off.

My testosterone levels were shot. 

Trust me when I tell you, you do NOT want to cut your fats out to that level.

It will SERIOUSLY screw you. 

But wait, theres more.

I haven’t even gotten to the benefits of the ketogenic diet. After literally months of research I finally jumped onto the keto bandwagon. I’m someone who likes to endless amounts of research before I actually dive in. 

The benefits that really sold me was:

  • Increased mental clarity. [1]
  • Appetite suppressing. [2]
  • Helps with cognitive diseases such as depression, autism, and ADHD. [3]
  • Stable mood and energy levels all throughout the day. 
  • Preservation of muscle mass. [4]

and the list goes on…

“But I could never stop eating carbs!”

That’s a bunch of bullshit.

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First of all, carbs are an addiction and it’s been researched that carbohydrates are the ONLY macronutrient that is NOT a requirement. When I hear people tell me they like carbs too much to start a ketogenic diet, it makes me cringe a little bit. This is simply a reflection of how weak your willpower is.

That you’re a slave to food like that.

That you could “never” stop eating carbs. Bull shit.

Every diet works. Any sort of diet regimen you go on will produce results as long as you stick to it. But like I said before, do you really want to be carrying a scale in your back pocket at all times?

What do you think you can personally stick to? This is really what matters. I guess what it really boils down to is..

  • would you rather count every calorie you eat and weigh your food ?
  • or would sacrifice eating carbs ?

That’s completely up to you but I can’t emphasize how much better my lifestyle has become after adopting this whole keto thing. 

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