“The Online Coach” Raymond Querido Talks IIFYM
Ramond Querido, a.k.a The Online Coach, is one of the heroes and spokesmen of the ever-expanding Flexible Dieting community.
I first came across him on his Instagram, while searching the hashtag #iifym (do it!), and have been a fan ever since. I now watch his youtube channel where he continues to preach solid dietary and training truth.
Whether you’re an athlete looking to up your game or simply an everyday person looking to get in shape, Raymond is worth listening to.
Why did you decide to transform your body?
I grew up playing basketball in leagues and played a little bit in high school. I started weight training to improve my speed and vertical for basketball.
What is the diet plan or strategy you follow? (What does a typical days eating look like)
I utilize IIFYM (if it fits your macros) which is also known as Flexible Dieting. There is no typical day for me because my choice of food source changes daily. I focus on hitting my micro, macro, and fiber goals for the day.
The more variety I have in my diet the more likely I will get more micronutrients into my body.
What does your current training program look like?
My current training split is a push, pull, legs.
|Monday: Push Hypertrophy|
|Tuesday: Pull Hypertrophy|
|Wednesday: Legs Max Effort|
|Friday: Push Max Effort|
|Saturday: Pull Max Effort|
|Sunday: Legs Hypertrophy|
What aspect of your journey has challenged you the most?
The most challenging aspect of my journey has been nutrition. I was taught and accustomed to the whole “clean and dirty” mentality toward dieting. Which is not a very balanced nor healthy way to live.
To me the lack of balance does not provide optimal sustainability mentally and physically.
The “clean” and “dirty” approach is what I like to call black and white – there is NO gray area – which means no happy medium, no balance. You are either on or off which means you avoid food sources that you enjoy just because you may be trying to lose fat and, ultimately, you deprive yourself.
I have found balance and sustainability utilizing flexible dieting (IIFYM).
As a coach, what are your thoughts on IIFYM or Flexible Dieting? What mistakes do you see people make with it?
Flexible dieting to me is the most optimal and accurate way to get to your goals whether its bulking or cutting. Being able to track and manipulate your macronutrient intake gives a lot more accuracy over just tracking calories.
Biggest mistakes I see people make when it comes to flexible dieting is lack of patience when it comes to getting results, lack of accuracy when measuring, and weighing out food and also not accounting for food before eating it.
What are your future plans with health and fitness?
For the future I plan on continuing the growth of my online coaching business as well as opening my own private gym here in my town.
What advice would you give to others wanting to do IIFYM?
My advice to someone aspiring to change their body is be very patient and willing to learn.
Results don’t come over and night with IIFYM and will take some time. Knowledge is your greatest tool, read and do your research on nutrition and training. The more knowledge you have the more likely you will succeed in changing your body.
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Favorite Movie: Knockaround Guys
Favorite book: The Secret By Rhonda Byrne
Current Workout Playlist: DotEXE, LDUK, Instrumental Core
Favorite Quote: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
Favorite muscle group to train: Legs
Favorite Poptart flavor: Confetti Cupcake