“The One One One Diet: The Simple 1:1:1 Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss”
There’s no way around it, diets are confusing. Having to remember what you can and cannot eat on a certain time and day of the week can be just too frustrating for people to overcome and they simply give up on the plan altogether. Either that or the confusion on what foods to eats leads to a lack of results that is just as sabotaging. Luckily there is a diet that aims to simplify the whole process known as the One One One Diet.
The premise of the One One One Diet is pretty simple, just eat one protein, one carb, and one fat at every meal. Of course it will take some research and investigating on new ways to get that carb, fat, and protein in your diet but the simplicity of the plan has people who have spent years calculating calories and points jumping for joy (another good form of exercise by the way.)
One One One Diet Background
The 1-1-1 was developed by Rania Batanyeh, a nutritionist and wellness coach who has had the plan in play for over 12 years and 800+ clients. She developed the routine as a starting point for frustrated dieters who had grown painfully familiar with the confusing nature of nutrition and health. The diet isn’t going to lose a client pounds by the dozen but it serves as a great training method to start eating more healthy overall – and thus lose a few pounds while doing so.
Fad diets or short term weight loss plans usually fail because the user loses interest or despises having to give up their favorite meals. What the 1-1-1 diet aims to do is give the person a foundation for healthy eating that they can use for life. No food is off limits as long as the user enacts portion control and sticks to the one protein, one carb, one fat designation. The example given by Batayneh is that a person is free to act on their cravings as long as they stick to the plan. Pizza for instance is in play because it contains a carb (crust), a protein (sausage) and a fat (cheese). Likewise roast beef (protein), mashed potatoes (carbs), and gravy (fat) are a perfect staple for the 1:1:1 diet.
Here’s How it Works
The reason for 1 protein, 1 carb, and 1 fat at each sitting is to achieve balance in your body. The food we eat can affect how a body responds with hormones and thus alter insulin production. What the 1:1:1 diet aims to infuse is a perfect balance of carbs, fats, and protein to put the body in its pre-programmed optimum metabolic state. The plan works to lose weight by being as efficient as possible, therefore if you eat only 1600 calories a day balanced between proteins, carbs, and fats you’ll alter your body’s chemistry as well as lose weight from less food intake.
Benefits and Drawbacks of the 1:1:1 Diet
One of the main benefits of the One One One Diet is its simplicity. Once you learn the basics of what foods contain protein, fat, and carbs you can do a quick inventory at your supper table to make sure your meal is well balanced. The 1:1:1 is a rare diet in the sense that it makes you add food to your meal so that you’re following the rules of the plan.
One negative aspect of the One One One Diet is that it’s not exactly groundbreaking. Eating meals balanced in protein, carbs, and fat should be what every person strives to do. Another thing that the diet tells you to do is eat 5 small meals a day which has been a recommended way to improve your metabolism for years and years (especially among athletes and bodybuilders). They also say that for maximum effectiveness it’s best to limit calories overall and to include a moderate workout routine – not exactly an earth shattering revelation.
The thing I take most issue with is the assumption that people won’t just overindulge. You can eat a carb, protein and a fat at each meal that is full of processed sugar, processed carbs, fatty meats, dyes, chemicals, additives, etc and not be healthy. Many people may ignore the calorie suggestions and portion control rules but think that they will still lose weight.
Still, the plan contains 75 different balanced recipes with many more available on Pinterest and other social media sites. You can find a used book online for $10 and it might be worth a shot at least for an interesting read on how balance helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, increases energy, and improves overall wellness.