Skinny Bitch: A No-nonsense, Tough-love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

Skinny Bitch: A No-nonsense, Tough-love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

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By (author) Rory Freedman, By (author) Kim Barnouin

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  • Publisher: Running Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 184mm x 17mm | 228g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 0762424931
  • ISBN 13: 9780762424931
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 1,256

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Not your typical boring diet book, this is a tart-tongued, no-holds-barred wakeup call to all women who want to be thin. With such blunt advice as, `Soda is liquid Satan` and `You are a total moron if you think the Atkins Diet will make you thin,` it's a rallying cry for all savvy women to start eating healthy and looking radiant. Unlike standard diet books, it actually makes the reader laugh out loud with its truthful, smart-mouthed revelations. Behind all the attitude, however, there's solid guidance. Skinny Bitch espouses a healthful lifestyle that promotes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and encourages women to get excited about feeling `clean and pure and energized.`

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Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin started a movement when they wrote their bestselling manifesto, Skinny Bitch. Both a wake-up call and a kick in the ass, Skinny Bitch exposed the horrors of the food industry while inspiring people to eat well and enjoy food. They both live and pig out in Los Angeles.

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By Katie Brown 13 Nov 2013 5

I love this book!
I have worked on and off in the fitness industry for 11 years and since I first read this book, I have been recommending it to all my clients.
I found the humour makes it easy to tackle some pretty sensitive ideas about eating. Although I don't think that all the mock meats are necessary to include in a healthy vegan meal plan meal plans, I can understand why they would be included to help a novice transition to a vegan diet.
A fantastic read that really cuts to the point of why it is so important to be switched on when choosing what to put on your plate.

By Eliza Brebner Griffin 19 Nov 2010 1

There are so many benefits from healthy eating, vegan-ism and exercise but many are overlooked in this book. Whilst I did enjoy the 'tough love' approach, this book missed the point on so many levels.

There are too many contradictions in this book to take it seriously, for example, Freedman and Barnouin condemn processed and chemically preserved foods of all kinds due to the evil chemical effect on your body... And then promotes highly processed imitation meat alternatives. Other claims made are just silly, such as the claim that women should not take pain medication for menstrual cramps as they prepare the body for childbirth. Puh-lease. People should not over-medicate, but that doesn't mean we should ignore modern medicine either.

Freedman and Barnouin seem to have forgotten that "natural" does not translate to "intrinsically good". Many bad things are natural, like teeth rotting and falling out over time. But instead of letting this happen, most brush daily and visit the dentist.

I applaud Freedman and Barnouin for encouraging healthy lifestyle and self-awareness. However, I found this book to be more like a trip to State of Delusion (albeit to a different city to the one where you eat junk on the sofa) than a reality check.

For people more serious about considering ethical eating I highly recommend reading philosopher Peter Singer's work on the subject. He is a bioethics professor at Princeton and his arguments are logical, easy to read and supported by rigorous academic research. Unlike anything you'll find in Skinny *****.

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"You can open your mind when you read this book, or you can stay stubborn and stuck in your own selfish ways. If you're the latter, you will dismiss this book as utter trash.
Don't bother with it if you:
a) Can't handle the truth
b) Don't want to change your lifestyle
c) Refuse to believe you're consuming the wrong things
d) Won't be able to laugh at crude humour
There are moments of hilarity and moments of grave seriousness in this book.
I plunged head first into this book solely based on the few pages that were available to read via the amazon website. I fell in love with the tough-love approach. I saw the humour in it and embraced it.
Some chapters can be very confronting and the wording can be quite harsh. Being in Australia, I found that some of the information provided was irrelevant (specifically, the government and meat/dairy industry related info), but it was interesting nonetheless.
I strongly disagree with some of the meal suggestions (mock meats), but all of the information about what NOT to eat makes perfect sense.
This book had me hooked and really changed the way I feel about food. My eating habits have drastically changed - for the better.
Have I started losing weight? Yes.
Have I started feeling healthier? Yes.
Am I happier and more confident? Yes.
But keep in mind, that the above is result of a combination of Skinny Bitch's eating advice AND daily walking... and let me assure you, this book does NOT skip the fact that you need to exercise to be happy, healthy & skinny.
This book is a reality check. It's here to change your attitude. Take it or leave it."

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Hartford Courant `...incredibly informative and entertaining... Co-authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin provide tough-love talk mixed with facts and common sense... Freedman and Bamouin speak to the reader like a friend who isn't afraid to tell you what's on her mind. They back up their arguments by citing study after study and take the technical talk out of the discussion so as to make a more easily digested point. This is the first `diet` book I've ever read that has made me laugh out loud numerous times. That being said, since no one warned me, I'll let you in on a secret - the book will gross you out. In the same vein as Fast Food Nation, there are graphic descriptions of factory farming and unsanitary dairy farm practices. It was easy for me to put down Fast Food Nation but this book is so funny, I had to keep going. Almost immediately, I was one of the transformed. In fact, as soon as I got halfway through Chapter 4, `The Dead, Rotting Decomposing Flesh Diet`, I had to call and change my dinner plans because I decided to go vegan on the spot. West VA University's The Daily Athenaeum, 6/8/10 `a cynical, foul-mouthed read with only good intentions that could get you into your best bikini shape for this pool season...The book's conversational tone makes for an interesting and entertaining read - not simply just dos and don'ts of dieting and exercise like most weight-loss plan guides.`