But there has been a ton of buzz about IIFYM, and I have done extensive research on it (I considered it a while back) so I thought I would share my perspective for people who maybe didn't think of it this way.
As you know, I am a Weight Watchers drop out. I know (not personally) thousands of people who succeed with Weight Watchers. After doing it FOUR different times, pre and post the points plus shift, I decided that it wasn't the plan for me. Here's why. I am a disordered eater. I don't look at foods the same way normal minded people do. Food isn't fuel to me (I am getting there, but it wasn't during my time with WW) and so I didn't SEE WW as a way to fuel my body. I saw it as a way to justify my BED by fitting my binges within my points- which I was pretty successful at doing. 37 points in Girl Scout cookies is a pretty successful binge. And since I would be "out of points" I could justify the other side of my cycle, starving myself. Weight Watchers played directly into my eating disorder's hands, and all for just $40 a month! How convenient!
What does that have to do with IIFYM? Well- IIFYM is the EXACT same plan as WW. Yep. Your mind is blowing right now. It's ok.
IIFYM is all about eating a certain proportion of fat, carbs, protein and fiber. Guess what WW points are based on? Fat, carbs, protein and fiber. The only difference is they aren't calculated into "points", you count the actual macronutrients. But I would be willing to bet your macros and points were PRETTY darn close.
So good news for people with normal brains- I just saved you $40 a month. But for people like me- and people like a LOT of people on the internet, IIFYM is just another vehicle for your disordered eating. I can eat pop tarts! It fits my macros! I can eat ice cream and girl scout cookies and binge, IIFYM Y'ALL!
I am not saying everyone has this problem, but when I see people look at it this way, I know how that feels. I have WORKED that system. It. doesn't. work.
Can you lose weight and live healthy and STILL eat ice cream? YES. But not every day, and not until you want to puke. It may seem like a magical little system because it is hard as hell to find a diet that encourages you to eat pop tarts, but unless you know how to use it correctly, and eat your macros of GOOD HEALHY FOOD, you aren't going to get anywhere.
I am not there yet. Actually I don't know that's true. Maybe I could follow IIFYM and succeed. But I know how I work and I know that it would feed right into my disordered eating hands.
But again. I LOVE that we even get to have this discussion because it means that people are TRYING to be healthier. And I am all for that. I just want to save that person who thinks like I do from the heartache of another failed diet because her brain twists things like this around. And there are a lot more people like me out there than I knew. Seriously, google IIFYM Poptarts. Its redic.
Find something that works for you. Eat portion controlled proportion balanced meals. Eat more vegetables, I can almost guarantee you aren't eating enough of them. And pay attention to your macros, eating enough protein and carbs, fat and fiber is IMPORTANT. But realize that just because it fits your macros, doesn't mean you SHOULD eat it or that it WILL help you lose weight.