When I turned 30, I came to the harsh realization that my metabolism was not what it used to be. I decided that I needed to start working out and I gradually got up to 11⁄2 to 2 hours of exercise a day, 6 days a week—boxing, kickboxing, P90X, and running. I always made time for a workout, no matter how busy I was at work or what fun things my friends had planned. I did this for a year and I lost some weight, but I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I kept reading in fitness magazines how optimum exercise results couldn’t be achieved without the right diet. I thought I was eating in a healthy way, but I decided to consult a nutritionist.

That was Rania. She asked me to keep a food log for a week and then she reviewed it and made some tweaks. First she had me construct every meal according to 1:1:1. Then she pointed out where my portions were oversized. She never told me I couldn’t eat something; she just gave me the tools to balance my choices. It was pretty easy. What a difference! Within 4 months, I had lost 12 pounds and reached my goal weight of 150 pounds. I was ecstatic. I had no problem maintaining my weight loss for several months. But then I moved in with my boyfriend and my diet became unbalanced again. We went out for dinner and drinks a lot, and I liked it, but I gained 6 pounds in about 6 months. I wasn’t willing to stop dining out, so Rania showed me how to apply 1:1:1 to my new lifestyle. Not only did it work, but it worked even better than the first time! In 10 weeks, I lost 22 pounds, and I’ve been at 134 ever since. I never feel deprived, and what I have learned is invaluable. I have never felt better about my health or my body, and 1:1:1 and Rania made this all possible.