Skinny Bitch is written by former model Kim Barnouin, who holds a masters degree in holistic nutrition, and former agent for Ford models Rory Freedman.
It is targeted towards young women who want to achieve a thin physique but have been unsuccessful with other diet plans.
The authors describe their book as “A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous” and readers should be aware that the writing style is at times very graphic and likely to be offensive to some readers.
The basic concept of the diet is that giving up animal products, fast food and processed foods while following a whole food vegan diet will allow you to be happier, healthier, more energetic and skinny. “You are a total moron if you think the Atkins diet will make you thin” they proclaim.
Skinny Bitch Diet Basics
In essence this is an extreme vegan diet that describes meat as ‘dead, rotting, decomposing flesh’. The list of forbidden foods includes all animal products (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy), refined flour, sugar, honey, beer, caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate) and any food that contains chemical additives like artificial sweeteners. “Sugar is the devil and artificial sweeteners just as bad” they state.
Dieters are advised to eat three meals a day and only have snacks if necessary. A list of acceptable snacks is provided which includes some processed health food items such as vegetable crackers, organic pretzels and soy products.
Dieters are instructed to wait until they are famished before eating and to get used to the feeling of being hungry. If symptoms such as headaches and nausea are experienced these are a result of detoxification.
The Skinny Bitch also recommend cleansing diets and juice fasting as a kick-start to weight loss.
Fruits, vegetables, soy products, beans, nuts, whole grain cereals and bread, brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, organic corn chips, olive oil, sesame oil, tofu ice cream, desserts sweetened with natural sweeteners, decaf green tea, red wine in moderation.
Sample Diet Plan
Fruit salad with soy yogurt
Vegan Caesar salad with fake chicken
Guacamole and organic corn chips
Vegetarian Pad Thai
Regular exercise is encouraged especially yoga.
Costs and Expenses
Skinny Bitch retails at $13.95.
- No calorie counting or measuring.
- Promotes the intake of fruit and vegetables.
- Encourages the intake of low glycemic index carbohydrates.
- High in dietary fiber.
- Discourages the use of soda and artificial sweeteners.
- Includes a month of daily menus.
- Extremely restrictive and may place dieters at risk of nutrient deficiencies.
- Menu plans are not nutritionally balanced and are lacking in calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B12.
- Most people do not do well on a vegan diet in the long term.
- Many of the recommended foods contradict the advice of eating whole unprocessed foods.
- Excessive emphasis on the use of processed soy foods such as imitation meats and tofu ice cream.
- Ignoring the body’s instinctive urge to eat may set up dieters for binging or increased consumption of unhealthy foods.
- Claims are often unsupported by proven scientific research.
- Lack of guidance regarding portion sizes.
- Places too much emphasis on the unhealthy goal of being skinny.
- Cleansing diets and fasting are not necessary for weight loss or detoxification and may actually be harmful.
- Will not really apply to readers that are not in the target audience.
- Many readers will not relate to the very frank writing style of the authors.
- The chapters on animal rights and farming practices could alienate many readers.
Essentially a Vegan Diet
While most dieters would benefit from an increase of fruit and vegetables in the diet, strictly eliminating all animal products places dieters at a high risk of developing nutritional deficiencies.
Although there is some evidence that a vegan diet may be associated with a small advantage in regard to weight loss, adopting a strict vegan diet is no guarantee that dieters will achieve the weight loss benefits that are promised by the Skinny Bitch Diet.
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