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131 Diet Review – Chalene Johnson’s Anti-Diet Plan Reviewed

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After eyeing Chalene Johnson’s 131 Diet, I decided to do some research on what it entailed. Her new approach to nutrition focuses on gut health. Her hope is to provide a system for you to find lasting weight loss & feel your best, but I wanted to know more about what she actually ate. *Updated May 2019*

Chalene Johnsons 131 Diet Reviewed

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The 131 Diet website really doesn’t offer a ton of information about it. They mention it’s backed by science to help reset your metabolism; however, the specifics of how it works or what you’ll do isn’t outlined very well.

For that reason – I really dug into forums, Pinterest, and more to get a better idea about this un-diet, diet plan.

From my research, I found that:

Chalene’s 131 Diet combines counting macros through a ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting and elimination dieting all into one program.

I really am not a huge keto diet fan, but after looking into the program more – it’s not just ketogenic principles.

The first phase, Ignite, is just very keto-driven. She calls this becoming a “Fat Burner,” but this is just another way of saying your body is hitting ketosis.

Chalene Johnson's 131 Method on the Computer

The Plan

On the 131 Diet, you’re encouraged to eat things like:

  • high quality meats & eggs
  • healthy fats: avocado, coconut oil, coconut butter, EVOO, MCT, Nuts, Seeds, etc
  • Veggies like: Leafy greens, asparagus, mushrooms, bell peppers, artichokes, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower

You also eliminate foods that cause inflammation.

These foods include things like:

  • sugar (Real and fake)
  • processed foods (and lunch meat)
  • alcohol
  • grains and gluten
  • dairy
  • known toxins
  • carbonated beverages
  • fried foods
  • artificial colors

131 diet meal plan includes salmon, healthy fats and vegetables

What does a day look like on the plan?

Since it’s intermittent fasting, you’d have a window of time to eat, and a window of time to fast. Ideally, she wants this to be 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours to eat.

The 131 Diet meals are going to be high protein, high fat, and your carbs coming from non-starchy veggies.

Breakfast: Veggie Omelette with veggies topped with avocado

Lunch: Leafy Greens with EVOO, chicken, walnuts & goat cheese

Dinner: Salmon with asparagus sautéed in coconut oil

What People are Saying About The Diet

One of our clients decided to try the 131 Method with us, and she’s lost 9lbs already in the first phase!

She told us:

“Out of all the eating programs I’ve ever done- Amazingly, this is personally the most doable and the quickest weight loss I’ve ever had and I’ve never been hungry!  Love it!! “

Starting the 131 Method

Originally the 131 Diet was offered only as an online course and community for $149. Now, the price is a little lower (View pricing here).

She’s also published a book that offers the same dietary principles.

The 131 Method Book Includes:

  • her unique approach to weight-loss
  • a personalized plan to boost your metabolism
  • science-based methods to improve your gut health, reduce cravings and balance hormones
  • 100 healthy recipes 

Grab Her 131 Diet Book on Amazon

The Course Includes:

  • 12 Week Program – Guided System for Developing a Custom Plan
  • Videos and Audio Lessons Each Week
  • Sample Meal Plans for Each Phase
  • Weekly Email Updates
  • Downloadable Worksheets, Trackers & Templates
  • Step by Step Guides
  • Recipes
  • Access to a Team of Registered Dietitians 
  • Support from an Online Community

Should you look at the book or course?

If you’re a self-starter and disciplined, I personally think the book is a great choice. It gives you the principles, and it’s a lot cheaper.

With that said, if you need support or really want to dig into the material – the online course is really organized and offers more resources.

View More about the 131 Method Course

Chalene johnson's 131 method

Does it Work?

I really fought trying this program and was little annoyed at first by the price tag to be honest. I thought it was just going to be a $100 program teaching you about keto. 

But – it has a lot more than that in it, and if you plug into the course it gives you support, education, and accountability.

With that said, you’re likely to see results from an elimination diet like the Whole 30 as well. You may also see weight loss or better fitness results when you track your macros or add in intermittent fasting too!

So basically – you wouldn’t have to spend a penny to start seeing some results.

However, if it was that easy – we would all be at our healthiest weight, right? 

This program does work for people (click here and scroll down to see testimonials). It just depends on if you’re willing and ready to commit to the program.

You could always start with her book and then add on the course if it seemed like a good fit. You can also totally jump right into the course and hit the ground running.

Grab Her 131 Diet Book on Amazon

So Who Shouldn’t Do This Plan?

Chalene would say anyone could follow the 131 Method because it’s so customizable. 

I think there are some that it’s probably not ideal for though. If you are going through an eating disorder or have in the past, I’d skip this program. It has a lot of counting macros in it and fasting, and I just think it has too many possible triggers for someone that may label food as good or bad.

If you’re just looking for an easy way to lose weight, I would also skip this program. Yes – you can lose weight with it, but that’s not really the focus of it.

She’s teaching you more how to reduce inflammation and feel better – and that takes watching the videos, applying the lessons, and some meal prep. If your goal is quick and easy weight loss, I’d look at Nutrisystem or something instead.

My Final Word

The 131 Method combines 3 really popular diet trends (keto, fasting, & eliminating certain foods for X period of time). It is customizable to your lifestyle, and sometimes just investing in a plan can be helpful for motivation.

Chalene is also great, and nutrition is something she is truly passionate about. So I feel like she’ll keep the information up-to-date and really does have her heart in it.

If you’re on the fence, I’d suggest listening to her podcast to see if it’s a good fit for you.

Get More Information on the 131 Method Book on Amazon

Other Diets You May Like

Will you do the 131 Diet? If you have, how did you like it?

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If you’re looking for a plan to incorporate healthy, balanced eating with workouts – you should also check out our 21 Day Challenge!

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  1. This sounds really interesting! Intermittent fasting honestly scares me so I try to REALLY listen and focus on hunger cues to get through my day. Some days that means not eating breakfast until 10AM and other days it’s as soon as I get up. However, I’m glad she is passionate about nutrition because she probably really gets into why we do what we do and can suggest plan adjustments easily.

    1. We are the same way! We usually do a 12-hour fast naturally, but we’ve done it forever…just our normal eating pattern after dinner. I know she’s done a ton of research on why, and the plan also allows for customization. So hopefully everyone can find what works for them — whether it be this program or something else.

  2. Those 3 things are really only like the first 4 weeks of the method. Its about increasing your metabolic flexibility so you can enjoy all of the food groups, macros, etc. The 2nd and 3rd phase are completely different. I have lost 24 pounds and have improved all my labs within the 12 weeks. They have a board of RDs that stay up to date with all of the newest studies and research and there is a section of the program that posts new articles with cited studies every week. The work that has been put in and continues to be put in is truly amazing. However, if you are subject to the dieters mentality of set tracking, hard and fast rules and not testing and figuring out works best for you it wont work. You really have to change your mindset about everything and realize what works best for someone else might not work for you. But there are so many tools and Registered Dieticians that you can ask pretty much any and all questions about and the respond pretty quickly. So far I have been responded within a day whenever I have asked questions.

      1. Hey Laura! I haven’t bought or followed the program; I only researched it. After researching it, it didn’t sound like a good fit for me because of the fasting and keto aspect (even though it’s short-term from what I gather). Sorry to not be a ton of help on that front. I do believe the meals are pretty simple versus gourmet though.

  3. I am on the fence. I have Hashis and I can feel the inflammation in my body. I have just gotten so out of hand with eating and I feel confused. I don’t like to eliminate or diet but I feel like I need a starting point. I workout a lot since I enjoy it, but I never see results. I am wondering if the method can help me change my mindset and make some healthy changes. I am just so confused as to where to start and what to do. I cant seem to do it on my own anymore. Too much diet noise and eat this, not that. I dont know which way is up.

    1. I think this could help you then :) I believe she has a money back guarantee as well. I think this or the Whole 30 would help you get some footing, and then you could go from there. I hope this helps and that you’re able to hit your goals and feel better!

    2. Jody,
      Start with an AIP (autoimmune protocol diet).

      Look into two things: Dr. AMY MYERS and her books as well as Dr. Jason Fung and his book, obesity code.

      It will change your life!!

      Another autoimmune sufferer who FINALLY found healing

      1. I did 3 months of Autoimmune Paleo and it really helped to clear up some nagging symptoms of my cleats disease. Now that was 3 years ago and now I follow mostly paleo with some grains but rarely.

  4. Sounds interesting. I may check out the book because I am curious to read more. I’ve been doing IF since mid February and I really like it. I didn’t think I would so it came as a surprise especially since I used to ear breakfast as soon as I woke up. Now I stop eating at 7pm and I start eating whenever I get hungry after 11am. Thanks for the review!

  5. I really like Chalene. Her turbo jam program was amazing. But what’s the benefit of buying this book when keto/intermittent fasting info is available completely for free on reddit/Facebook? Also, you can’t really tell whether or not a diet “worked” from reading testimonials and looking at (most likely) photoshopped pictures of someone who’s trying sell you something.

    1. Hey Julie! As you will notice our review isn’t really for or against the program. I’m not sure if you’re referring to the picture of us or just the ones online – but if it’s the pictures above, we didn’t do her 131 Diet. It wasn’t something we’d personally do because we don’t really like keto. If anything our review wasn’t encouraging you to buy the book unless you just loved Chalene and wanted her personal take on all of it. We also wanted to share a little bit about what it was before someone bought it in order for them to be able to research keto and fasting before deciding to invest in it.

  6. I want to lose weight but I’m worried about the number of calories I’ll need to go down to. The recommended intake for me is around 1300. What is considered a normal or common amount of calories to drop to lose weight? I’m 158cm tall and weigh 56kgs and currently on about 1100 calories which is 25% protien, 30% fat and 45% carbs and I exercise 60 mins moderate-intense exercise (combo of cardio and weights) 4-5 times a week and I am not losing weight. Will I need to lower them more and is it safe? I fast from 6pm-8am most days.

    1. Hey Sarah!
      If you’re looking specifically at the 131 Diet (which I think you’d love and would help break your plateau) – you won’t have to count calories on it. She focuses on your macros (protein, fat, and carbs) and gives you workout suggestions as well.

      If you did count calories, I think your recommended intake sounds right. It may be that it’s not even enough with how active you are, but you’d want to talk to your doctor about that or any changes you make.

      With that said – my mom and I really enjoy the 131 Diet especially when we need to break through a plateau!