Skinny Bitch is by far one of the most fascinating diet/life-style change books I have ever read. The #1 New York Times Bestseller is written by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and is described as “A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!”
The back cover at once catches your attention:
“STOP BEING A MORON AND START GETTING SKINNY! If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, you’re ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shovelling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight. Authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin are your new smart-mouthed girlfriends who won’t mince words and will finally tell you the truth about what you’re feeding yourself. And they’ll guide you on making intelligent and educated decisions about food. They may be bitches, but they are skinny bitches. And you’ll be one too – after you get with the program and start eating right.”
Rory Freedman is a former agent for Ford Models and “a self-taught know-it-all” while Kim Barnouin is a former model who holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. Both of these women are absolutely gorgeous. Proof that the Skinny Bitch method works? (Although I’m sure genetics play a part too).
Skinny Bitch is an insanely informative and well-researched book that definitely lives up to its description of being a “no-nonsense, tough-love guide.” At times, these “bitches” can be so hard on you and so brutally honest that you might want to cry. Every time I read this book, it provides an incredible wake-up call. Obviously I know that a poor diet and no exercise are bad ideas; but, never have I felt worse about the shit I eat and my sedentary lifestyle than after reading this bluntly-worded book. Both Freedman and Barnouin are vegans, which is pushing it a bit for me (I could never give up my chicken, seafood, or eggs!) but the book is written in such a way that you can take and leave the parts you want.
Some chapters were shocking eye-openers. For example, Chapter 4: The Dead, Rotting, Decomposing Flesh Diet discusses two main ideas: that humans are not naturally built to eat meat and that the meat-production industry is inhumane and unhealthy; and Chapter 5: The Dairy Disaster points out that we are the only species on the planet that drinks milk as adults, not to mention that we are also the only species on the planet that drinks the milk of another species. Food for thought, no?
Other chapters served as great sources of information as well as encouragement to give up bad habits. Chapter 1: Give it Up focused on the negative aspects of vices such as smoking (“Cigarettes are for losers. They are so 1989 and uncool.”); alcohol (“Of course it’s easier to socialize after you’ve had a few drinks. But being a fat pig will hinder you, sober or drunk. And habitual drinking equals fat-pig syndrome.”); pop (“Soda is liquid Satan.”); aspartame (“The FDA has received more complaints about aspartame than any other ingredient to date.”); coffee (“If you can’t wake up without it, it’s because you are either addicted to caffeine, sleep deprived, or a generally unhealthy slob.”); and junk food (“It becomes more alluring by the minute with laboratory-developed aromas, artificial flavors, chemical food colors, toxic preservatives, and heart-stopping hydrogenated oils. We know these are impossible to resist, but no one every got skinny on junk food.”) I especially liked the paragraph about exercise in this introductory chapter. The first sentence commanded, “Give up the notion that you can be sedentary and still lose weight. You need to exercise, you lazy shit. Eating properly will dramatically improve your health, body, and all aspects of your life. But you’ve still gotta move your ass.”
Obviously, I’ve picked out some of the funnier lines from the book, but all of these points are backed by scientific fact, research (Skinny Bitch lists 130 different sources, most of which are scientific journals and articles, national newspapers, or FDA and USDA publishings), and strongly-formulated logic. With the tough-love spin, you are left wondering how you didn’t just know everything in the book (Freedamn and Barnouin make it seem like such common sense!)
Despite it’s primarily harsh content, the authors part with a positive afterword: “Our real hope is for you to become healthy. We don’t want anyone to be obsessed with getting skinny. When you eat right and exercise, you feel strong and healthy and confident. You start loving your body – not because you lose weight – but because you feel great… Take excellent care of the body you were blessed with, and love, love, love it!” If those are not great words to live by, I don’t know what are! I am absolutely obsessed with this book: for its knowledge, its brutal honesty, its witticisms, its amazing advice, and for the obvious care that the authors took in writing it.
And if you don’t want to take my word for it:
“What makes this diet easy to swallow is the book’s tough-love attitude — part best-friend counsel, part drill-sergeant abuse and a dash of sailor mouth, wrapped in a pretty chick-lit package.”
— iVillage, Diet & Fitness
“Skinny Bitch dishes up scientifically sound information that will change your health and your life. Its ‘in-your-face’ approach is at once engaging and humorous, and belies its serious and well-researched underbelly. It’s the spark that will start your personal revolution. Pick it up. Read every last word. Healthy and skinny you will be.”
— Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., Senior Nutrition Scientist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
“Skinny Bitch combines a ‘take no prisoners’ attitude with cogent analysis and scientific proof to make an engaging, wickedly irreverent, and iron-clad case for eating healthfully. If I had it in my power, I’d provide a free copy to every young woman in the developed world; we could then become, instead of the fattest next generation in history, the healthiest.”
— Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA
“As the authors rightly point out, thanks to slick marketing and food-industry lobbying, we’ve reached such a collective level of ignorance about health and nutrition that a diet telling us to eat lots of meat and no fruit becomes wildly successful. ‘You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin’ they tell us. Harsh? Yes. But it’s also true. …there’s more solid advice in Skinny Bitch than in most diet and health books.”
— Bitch, Anniversary Issue