Flexible Dieting Is Setting A Limit Of How Many Grams Of Fats, Carbohydrates, And Protein (These Are Macronutrients) You Are Allowed To Eat Each Day And Then Selecting Various Food And Drink Choices To Fill Those Macros.
Life is about balance. I aim to live an active and healthy lifestyle, but I also find my balance. I eat at about an 80/20 split. 80% of the time it's clean whole good foods following the Don't Consume C.R.A.P. guidelines. 20% is me enjoying life and staying sane. I stay within my allotted macros (fat, carbs, & protein) each day and make sure to hit my micronutrient (vitamins & minerals) goals as well. I'm not a robot, I'm human. I enjoy those things and we need to take part in the enjoyment of life to stay sane so that it is sustainable, making it a lifestyle. It's not just a crash diet that is 100% clean and then go own a week-long binge when you can't fight the cravings anymore. I used to eat clean 100% of the time, but I'd find myself constantly fighting cravings and not enjoying myself. Then when I couldn't take it anymore I'd let myself have a "cheat meal" that always turned into a binge event because I could not control the cravings and stopping. There was one time where I had three, yes 3, full size packages of double stuffed Oreos in one day. I do not do that anymore, I live the flexible dieting lifestyle where I occasionally enjoy things like Oreos and Skittles in moderation.
Flexible Dieting is NOT about eating whatever you want as long as you don't go over your macros. You need to select foods that are going to fill your micronutrient needs as well.DO NOT just eat donuts, poptarts, fast food and think you are living "healthy" by staying in your macros. Calories are based on the Law of Thermodynamics where if you eat more than your burn, you will gain weight. And same for the reverse, if you eat less than what you burn, you will lose weight. Gaining and losing weight needs to be done in a healthy fashion!