People trying to lose weight may have come across two popular weight loss methods and they are clean eating and IIFYM or If It Fits Your Macros. In this article, you will find the descriptions of these two and the problems associated with them. You will know more about Eating Clean versus If It Fits Your Macros.

Eating clean is the consumption of food sources that are high in nutrients which are properly used by your body for optimal training. This practice is believed to be helpful in improving appearance and conditioning the body in a superior way. These nutrients come from food sources such as almonds, broccoli, brown rice, chicken breast, canola oil, egg whites, flaxseed oil, lean ground beef, olive oil, oats, sweet potatoes, turkey breast and walnuts, among others. Foods to stay away from are those that are processed and loaded with fat and sugar because they have very little amount of nutrients in them.

One of the problems of eating clean is its lack of clear definition. It has a different meaning to every individual and there are those who alter this definition according to their beliefs, unreasonable fears and personal experiences. Another problem is that it promotes a disorderly eating habit that leads to unnecessary stress. You become obsessed with consuming only healthy foods which can be stressful, mentally tiring, and socially isolating.

Eating clean also makes encourages unreasonable decisions based on fear.

“When you have no rational basis for your eating decisions, you start eliminating more and more foods from your diet based on poor evidence. Eventually the list of foods you’re “allowed” to eat becomes almost non-existent.” – Impruvism

A lot of people consume a lot of calories which are from junk foods, sweets and fast food. To stop people from consuming too much of these, health authorities warn them of the dangers of eating these foods. When the dangers of eating such foods are exaggerated, it does not improve health, promote proper information on nutrition, nor fight obesity. Rather it makes people have unreasonable and pseudoscientific thinking. Instead of this kind of information, the authorities should instead teach people the cause of obesity and the proper strategies to address it.

Clean eating says everyone should have the same diet which is utterly wrong because people have different tolerances, preferences and activity and energy levels. There are those that need a certain amount of calories, carbohydrates, fat and protein which others do not. There are also those that would like to get such calories from foods different from others.

The truth is that eating clean does not often help you lose weight. The way to lose unwanted fat is to have a calorie deficit. If you eat foods that are more filling, you will subsequently consume less food. If you do not comprehend the essence of calories, you will hit a plateau and find yourself not losing any weight at all.

IIFYM, on the other hand, dictates that eating any kind of food which has a low or high nutrient value and is within reason. It is matched with your fixed caloric or macronutrient total requirement. Food sources can come from candy bars, white breads, protein bars, low fat ice cream or yogurt and processed foods. This weight loss approach says that a dieter can still meet his caloric or macronutrient goals and needs as well as have low body fat levels even when he includes foods that are not clean in his diet. When these unclean foods are taken, they lessen psychological cravings and the chance of binging which can destroy weight management programs.

IIFYM does not pose a problem in itself, but the way people interpret it does. The problem is that when someone who is not aware of the healthy foods or has a small knowledge on nutrition goes through this diet and then understands it in its literal sense one. He eats so much junk food and continues to eat it in the same amount but this time in a structured manner.

There are also followers of IIFYM who at times become fixated with hitting the exact amount of their macronutrient or caloric targets. For them to get a hundred grams of protein, they will consume an additional ten grams of tuna. They think they will not alter their macronutrient and calorie targets in the future when in fact they actually do. They will be disappointed when they do not achieve progress even if they hit their calories and macros.