It’s been almost 8 months since I had my baby girl and I’m yet to lose the extra pounds I gained in pregnancy and the first couple of months adjusting to an entirely new way of living with this brand new, tiny human.
I’ve never been one for crash dieting and would never recommend it as yes, you may lose weight whilst you’re dieting but you are much more likely to put that weight back on and more afterwards. It plays havoc with your metabolism and generally leaves you feeling badly done to and as though you’re missing out, leading to the inevitable binge and guilt cycle….
With this in mind, I’ve decided to try IIFYM (if it fits your macros).
MACROS – The 4 micronutrients from which all calories come from; Protein, Carbohydrate, Fat, and Alcohol. Per gram they hold the following calorie value:
Protein = 4 calories
Carbohydrate = 4 calories
Fat = 9 calories
Alcohol = 7 calories
With IIFYM you have a set amount of each of the macros allocated to consume daily (alcohol is not a daily allocation, it is to be avoided).
My macro breakdown is set out as below (I had someone else work this out for me):
Protein = 125g
Carbs = 205g
Fat = 60g
This gives me a calorie goal of 1860 cals per day, which is a calorie deficit from what my body requires to do all of my daily activities and maintain weight. Without a calorie deficit there would be no weight loss. As long as I hit my macros (+/- a max of 3g on each) and calorie goals each day I can eat what I want. Sounds ideal.
I’ll be doing all my weights and measurements as soon as I get a new battery for my scales, as well as taking some “before” pictures for a good gauge of how I’m progressing.
Wish me luck and look out for updates! Xx