The flexible dieting approach is similar to counting calories, but rather counting your intake (in grams) of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and protein), which provide calories to our bodies. In terms of weight, it really does just come down to calories. 3500 calories yields one pound of body weight. Restricting calories will result in weight loss. However, there is so much more that goes into it, especially for athletes or anyone doing any type of training. Also, the different amounts of carbs, fats, and protein are vital because they play different roles in our bodies. At the end of the day, can you lose weight while eating pizza and donuts? Yes. If your calorie expenditure is greater than consumption, you can lose weight while eating those types of foods. Food should be enjoyed but its purpose is to fuel our bodies. Getting the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to nutrition will optimize your health. Eating nutrient dense foods (high in vitamins, minerals and fiber) while meeting your appropriate “macronutrients” or “calorie” intake according to your daily living and/or training regimen to meet your specific goals and needs will result in an optimal nutrition. Once again, food is fuel, and if we utilize it properly, we can learn how to function our best, look our best, and feel our best while also knowing how to “splurge” and enjoy our favorite (maybe not so nutritious foods) at times while still meeting goals!