Definition of a straw man (taken from Wikipedia)-
“A straw man or straw person, also known in the UK as an Aunt Sally, is a type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position. To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the “straw man”), and to refute it, without ever having actually refuted the original position. This technique has been used throughout history in polemical debate, particularly in arguments about highly charged, emotional issues.”
Straw man statement 1- IIFYM is not healthy, because you just eat junk all the time (pop tarts etc.)
This statement is ridiculous because, people who follow flexible dieting correctly, track fibre & micro nutrient intake also & have daily targets for these. By default its almost impossible to meet these targets without consuming the majority of calories from whole food.
Straw man statement 2- Not all protein sources are created equal, therefore IIFYM is stupid.
Again, people who truly understand flexible dieting realise this. This again comes from the presumption all flexible dieters only consume protein from pizza etc. Obviously complete proteins would be consumed with the full 9 essential amino acids. e.g chicken, whey protein, beef etc.
Straw man statement 2- Not all dietary fats are the same.
Yes this is true, again the presumption that all flexible dieters eat all of their dietary fat from poor sources or hydrogenated fat is false.
The great thing about flexible dieting is you can put an absolute number on everything. including polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fat. Hydrogenated fat would be targeted at 0. Again the above statement is false because you can track this.
The irony is; the same people that bash flexible dieting, are the same people recommending cheat meals/days that are not tracked, all you eat?? So I can eat “clean” Monday to Saturday & binge on whatever I want on Sunday??? Seems legit……..
(just to clarify I can’t stand the word clean, like I have also said before, you cannot say whether a certain type of food is good or bad without looking at the dose/context of that food within ones diet.)
I don’t like to put my colors to one particular method, but I thought I would clear this myth up as it seems to be taken way out of context