Calculating your macros and telling you to ‘just eat them whenever you want, as long as you hit your goals’ is what most fitness professionals will tell you. This is basically what is defined as ‘flexible dieting’ or more or less ‘if it fits your macros’.
Honestly those two are not entirely the same, but I want to break down the main gist of it here for you. Flexible dieting focuses more on healthy foods than If It Fits You Macros.
You need to know that hitting your goals means you can decide how you want to fill in those numbers: with healthy foods or unhealthy foods, you can make it work as long as you hit your numbers. That’s what flexible dieting etc. is all about.
This still means you will eat a lot of healthy foods. Otherwise it will be too difficult (impossible) to hit your macro goals!
Truth is, if you hit those numbers as explained earlier, it will always be easier if you eat healthy foods. This is often a bit misrepresented on social media, which is why I included the graphics like here above and below. Hitting both your calories and macros will mean you are eating mostly whole foods anyways.
The advantage of ‘flexible dieting’ and ‘if it fits your macros’: you learn that foods aren’t necessarily ‘good’ or‘bad’, rather they are just more or less in line with your body goals and will make you feel more comfortable or less comfortable after you eat them.
What about how you feel?
You’ll probably have more energy after you eat the foods on the right of the above image than if you eat those on the left.
It’s safe to say the foods on the right are healthier and you don’t need to be a genius to know those will make you feel better.