Skinny Bitch: A Book Review by Jamie Hale

Skinny Bitch: A Book Review by Jamie Hale

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Reviewing Skinny Bitch
by Jamie Hale

Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin created Skinny Bitch. Rory Freedman, is a former agent for Ford Models, Kim Barnouin is a former model that holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. Skinny Bitch is an international bestseller and a #1 New York Times bestseller. From Skinny Bitch website “If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, you’re ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.”

Diet Guidelines

Ban all sugar and artificial sweeteners. According to the authors, consuming artificial sweeteners makes you crave sweets, while the real thing makes you fat. When you crave sweets eat fruit. Enjoy brown rice, whole grains and whole-wheat pasta but avoid white flour products

My thoughts: Skinny Bitch
Skinny Bitch is based on nonsensical, non-scientific, irrational ideas and may cause nutrient deficiencies. Some of the nonsense includes: Banning of sugars. My first question is what type of sugar? There is more than one type of sugar; sugars include glucose, sucrose, fructose, galactose, maltose, lactose and a few others. They are probably referring to sucrose, often referred to as table sugar. To avoid sugar Skinny Bitch recommends eating fruit. Wait a minute, fruit contains sucrose, but isn’t natural sugar better than synthetic? Natural is always better is a common misperception. You may be surprised when I tell you the World’s Most Dangerous Toxins are all natural and “synthetic chemicals are no more likely to be toxic than natural ones” (Silver M, 2006). “

Surwit reported a reduction in TG (triglyceride) levels even after overweight women were fed a high sucrose but reduced calorie diet (1553 kcal/day) for 12 weeks, indicating that high sucrose is not a problem in the presence of a low fat, low calorie diet.” (Freedman M, 2001).

Meats are banned. Skinny Bitch suggests that eating meat makes you fat. I wonder how the authors explain the results of thousands who have lost weight eating almost nothing but meat, or the shredded bodybuilder who eats two or more pounds of meat per day. How do they explain the scientific research studies that indicate drastic weight loss while following high fat high protein diets, containing mostly meats?

Despite the books poor contents it has catapulted to an International Best Seller. Which is not surprising considering the book’s fancy rhetoric and targeted audience. The authors shock methods and in your face attitude has proven a successful marketing strategy. If you like books with sometimes catchy phrases, and high-octane attitude give it a read. If you are looking for a book about nutrition look elsewhere.