In its own words, The Skinny
Bitch diet is "a no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to
stop eating crap and start looking fabulous." Developed by best friends
Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, the plan aims to motivate women to join the
"Skinny Bitch" club by quitting the junk food and opting for
wholesome, natural foods instead.
According to Rory and Kim, that
means banning foods that include:
- sugar and
- white flour
In short, becoming a Skinny Bitch
requires a full transformation to a vegan diet.
The diet promotes fruits,
vegetables, soy, nuts, legumes, water, and green tea. Unlike other popular
diets, the Skinny Bitch is a fan of carbs as long as you stick to whole grains
and whole-wheat pasta.
The Main Rules
- Ban all sugar and artificial sweeteners. Use fruit, cane juice, sugar beets, or other
natural sweeteners instead.
- Ban white flour and its by-products. Stick to brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and whole grains.
- Ban all meat. According
to Rory and Kim, meat is difficult to digest, high in calories, and is often
loaded with artificial hormones. Vegetables are natural, have fewer calories,
and are easy to digest.
- Ban dairy products. Use
soy-based products instead.
According to Rory and Kim, the
basic premise of the Skinny Bitch is simple: being skinny means being healthy.
It's about eating what's good for you, and passing on what's not. This book
educates the reader on their version of the good and the bad, and the effects
foods have on your body. It's not a diet that leaves you hungry; it's a
lifestyle change that promises gradual weight loss and a renewed sense of
Pros and Cons
Ever since Victoria Beckham
appeared in a magazine holding a copy of the book, the Skinny Bitch has been a
hot diet in the charts. It's an entertaining read that promotes a healthy
weight loss solution. The Skinny Bitch shows the value in looking at your food
labels rather than focusing on counting calories. It provides a month’s worth
of daily menus and suggested healthy snacks.
However, it's an extreme vegan
diet and may place dieters at risk of certain nutrient deficiencies. The list
of forbidden foods includes all animal products (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and
dairy) as well as both artificial sweeteners and sugars, which may alienate readers.
The Skinny Bitch also doesn't put nearly enough emphasis on exercise. And they
focus on being “skinny,” which isn't entirely healthy — you should be aiming
for a healthy weight instead. Finally, the language is strong and may be offensive
to some readers.
The Skinny Bitch offers a
refreshing and honest guide to help kick-start weight loss and a healthy
lifestyle. However, don't let the "girly" chat and glamour fool you.
The Skinny Bitch is a regimented diet plan that requires a completely vegan
menu, no exceptions. While the diet offers some healthy approaches to food,
such as always reading food labels, discouraging artificial sweeteners, and
promoting a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, and fiber, the Skinny Bitch
fails to offer alternatives to people who enjoy dairy and meat. We don't
recommend cutting out entire groups of foods, as it may make it harder to stay
on the diet for an extended period.
A purely vegan diet can run the
risk of lacking vital nutrients, including:
The diet also emphasizes getting
"skinny," suggesting that this is the key to health. This can be a
dangerous outlook for weight loss. People are all shapes and sizes, and what
may be a healthy weight for one person can look very different for someone
else. In fact, recent research points to improved health outcomes when healthy lifestyle
practices are adopted, regardless of weight. One healthy lifestyle practice
that is not addressed much at all in this diet is exercise, which is hugely
important for long-term weight loss and overall health.