Skinny Bitch

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

skinny-bitch-dietSkinny 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.

Recommended Foods

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
Afternoon Snack
Guacamole and organic corn chips
Vegetarian Pad Thai

More tasty vegetarian recipes can be found here.

Exercise Recommendations

Regular exercise is encouraged especially yoga.

Costs and Expenses

Skinny Bitch retails at $13.95.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price. The authors have also published a recipe book, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, which retails at $14.95.


  • 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.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Sierra

    I’ve been a vegan for fourteen years, and I think this book was a good guideline but definitely not gospel. I’m not going to give up the (awesome) vegan chocolates from vegancuts when I want one. I’m not going to deprive myself of the distinct pleasure of a nightly glass of whisky (suck it, nutritionists everywhere). Yeah, whatever, I’m a little overweight, but my blood pressure is very distinctly in the normal range, my cholesterol is excellent (because, duh, vegans don’t consume any), and I don’t feel tired or winded. The Skinny Bitch lifestyle is definitely not the route I went when I lost 144 pounds last year. The Get Off Your Ass And Eat Less Junk Food diet did it, though.

    • Sierra

      Addendum: If you want an amazing vegan cookbook with all the nutritional value checked by a nutritionist, check out Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. She and I share our love of animals and our polycystic ovarian syndrome, and she’s hilarious.

  • Sara

    Extreme? Not really. I find this a really easy, accessible take on the food-side of veganism, a good intro to how to do it healthily. More processed food than I like, but nothing bad, it’s a step forward for new vegans particularly! Still lots of vegetables and fruit and variety. Great.

  • virginia

    I am vegan by choice. I believe in a plant based diet. Really though, people… don’t have to be vegan or raw foodist to lose weight. Cut your calories avoid fast foods, limit consumption of processed foods and eat a lot of veggies (emphasis on greens!) and some fruit. Its not rocket science . Add some exersice too. Little by little. EXERCISE!!

  • Oliver

    From this article it sounds more like she is advocating for anorexia. I would be willing to put money down that the woman who wrote this has an ED, and it is super sad that she is so under its influence that she is even spreading its poison to other people via this publication.

    • illi

      What an asinine remark to make. I’m sure I don’t not to spell this out to you but vegamism is lifestyle choice. To say that it advocates anorexia belittles this otherwise serious and life threatening illness as merely a ‘diet’.
      Your comment is disrepectful to both vegans and eating disorder sufferers alike.

  • Leslie Fechtmann

    Love this book! Have purchased 15 copies for friends and family….whatever one chooses is ultimately their reponsibility; I choose compassion, but work very hard not judge other’s choices. I stopped eating meat the day I dissected a fetal pig in tenth grade biology class. I threw up my lunch and never consumed meat or fish again. Years later, I realized dairy was the cause of my frequent sinus infections and became vegan. Being vegetarian then vegan for a cummulative 40 years, I am equally amused and annoyed to read that people blame being vegan for medical problems. I have raised 4 very smart, healthy children who are now rearing their own very smart, healthy children. This book is plain and simple, straightforward information. The authors offer menus to get you started….they encourage you to experiment and eat good foods, but being career women, they realize there are times a quick frozen meal is better than resorting to junk. There are so many ways to eat healthy; you do not need to be rich….use the money you’d spend on meat, cheese, alcohol and junk food…you will be able to afford organic. Lentils, quinoa, barley are all such wonderful versatile foods! This book was not meant to be a bible, but an introduction to a wonderful, healthy lifestyle. Do what you can, everytime you choose plant over animal, you are making a difference.

  • Landria Brattain

    I bought this book last year right after loosing 30 pounds from the Atkins diet , I went strait to a vegan diet bc Atkins made me so bloated and I felt nauseous all the time ! When I went vegan all bloating stopped, I slept like a dream and I had no guilt . I will say my weight slowed down bc I went from loosing 4-7 pounds a week on Atkins to 1/2 -2 pounds a week going vegan . I have yet to find a good balance Atkins = bloated / nauseous , Vegan = no bloating / tired all the time :-/

  • katey

    P.S. I read this book a while back. I couldn’t finish reading about the animal cruelty. Although I didn’t originally go Vegan for the sake of the animals. I couldn’t go back to it now. I have dogs and the idea of a pig having the same temperment… heart breaking! It is an added benefit to my karma not to be condoning by consumption

  • katey

    Lily, I wish you had a better experience with the Vegan thing. I went vegan a year ago. At the time I was taking Prilosec just so I could lay down without acid coming up. My heart raced off and on all day for no reason and my legs were swollen to the point I couldn’t wear dress shoes. I went Vegan out of desperation (no medical insurance), I saw a guy on TV peddling his vegan lifestyle diet with the “Try It For One Month” deal. So, I went Vegan. At the end of the month my legs weren’t swollen anymore and I was four days off the Prilosec. My heart stopped racing after two months and I have lost 50 pounds.
    It isn’t for everyone and my best friend is sure I am going to die of some vegan disease… LOL! But it has changed my life for the better.

  • Lilly

    I didn’t climb up to the top of the food chain to eat sprouts and beans. Unfortunately, once upon a time…a girl who must have been temporary insane decided to give it a go…What a mistake. I learned the hard way that puritanism diets can be fatal, at least for me…Now, I can tolerate very few fibers but with a vegan diet…I ended up in a hospital distended like a 8 month pregnant woman and was scheduled for a stomach surgery. That’s right. A surgery + iron pills, b12 shots. Now, don’t give me that “You didn’t do it right or long enough”, “You’re detoxing!!!, “You need to eat algae and maca/superfoods!!!” Puh-lease. Thank God I came to this life with a rational mind. I quickly returned to my senses and my problems disappeared, cancelled surgery and no more vitamins/supplements of any kind…Oh and I have a social life too now(had no more since I was always sick). I enjoy a diet of eggs/dairy, meat and fish, a little bit of veggies and fruits and some sweets/treats. I’m not rotting, clogging, putrefying like the author suggests and I’m not overweight one bit. In fact, I am thinner with a flat stomach now that I have reduced plant food. Veganism might work well for some but not for everyone. One man’s food is another man’s poison.

    • w. p.

      so what is this “digestive issue” called? I’m not vegan, I’m hardly vegetarian, but I’ve done multiple daniel fasts and i always feel great so I’m doing an extended one now to see if it continues to make me feel better.

      long term, I will probably always eat steak on the weekends :)

      anyway, I’m confused by your post. first you said you cancelled your surgery, then you said you did have the surgery? and are there specific vegetables that make you sick? what is the name of this illness?

      • Voice

        It does not say in her post that she did have the surgery. Also remember that most of these posts from people who claim that they feel healthier, have only been vegan for a short time(6 months). Lets keep an open mind about varied results and look at results over the long term.

    • Darla

      your comment is stupid. that’s what I call getting into a diet without proper knowledge and research. you must have ate too much veggies and little water. wrong things happen when you do things in the wrong way. I am only 2 months vegan and I feel so great! never in my life have I felt this way. and by the way B12 does not come from meat, it comes from bacteria really try to read wikipedia once in a while.

      • Jessica

        Darla: Seems to me she says she did do her research and that the recommended foods did not agree with her body. Did you ignore that bit or do you have bona fide issues with reading comprehension? (If you do, I am sorry for you. But that means you need to find strategies for your discourse. Strategies that do not include responding to what you _think_ someone writes, while you are having an eppy. The one is called Strawmanning and the other comes off as unhinged.) Crohn’s disease and irritable colon can both become a nightmare on a vegan diet. – It simply isn’t suitable for everyone and claiming that it is comes off as very ignorant.

      • Voice

        Lilly is only talking about what happened to her and giving hope to others who physiology might not be compatable witht the diet. Everyone is different. Why are you attacking her like a bully. Two months is a very short time for you to determine if it is right for you either, so you can’t judge someone else. You are very closed minded.

      • Lucia

        Well said Darla! :) So many people blame the vegan diet but they just didn’t do their research and followed an unvaried diet in general. I’ve been vegan for 6 months now and feel no different to before I went vegan. Many actually improve in health.

      • Zoey

        I´m Vegetarian for about 7 Years and about to give Vegan a try. But I just wanted to say I understand Lillys point, for her going Vegan was fatal. It happens,not everyone is the same and every body reacts different. That does not make her or her comment stupid.
        It sometimes annoys me how arrogant and intollerant Vegans&Vegetariens can come across.

    • Cecilia

      Your comment is ignorant on so many levels. First of all, I’m interested in hearing the reasoning behind your status of being at “the top of the food chain”. What gives you such a notion of anthropocentricity? Further, because you “learned the hard way”, you pin veganism as a huge “mistake”. Clearly you were ill educated in effort.

      • Lilly

        “Veganism might work well for some but not for everyone. One man’s food is another man’s poison” I said it was a mistake for myself not everyone. Yes I learned the hard way….I listened to everyone else telling me I was detoxing, it will get better etc. I ended up up in need of a stomach surgery dear. They had to staple my upper stomach and turn it around so it would close because it didn’t anymore and I would throw up any food I ate nearly. This issue improved and eventually vanished as soon as I stopped veganism. I repeat myself once again, I spoke for myself and others who may suffer from digestive issues. Don’t wait for the diet to work for you… If it harms you, stop it. A diet is not supposed to make you miserable like that. Don’t wait like I did. If it does work well for you however, good for you and keep it up!:). As for the “Top of the food chain” part, I rather not debate with you on that matter. I sensed a lot of hostility in your comment and I do not partake in aggressive debating, especially when I feel no need at all to defend my statement. Best regards;)

  • Kelly

    Read the book before getting too defensive. The ‘wait until you’re famished to eat’ comment was only for breakfast – fruit only – as recommended by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, Fit for Life. I am not tiny, never have been, but if you are truly concerned with the planet and your health, this book will help with your resolve to make positive changes. Vegan diets aren’t for everyone, but are not ‘extreme’. A vegetarian diet (I eat eggs from a local farmer) is healthy and smart. You don’t have to become a fanatic about it. As the authors say repeatedly, ‘Use your head!’. I have no desire to abuse my body or be anorexic. The toxic sludge I was putting into my body every day is MUCH worse than the vegetarian diet I have adopted. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains and you will be just fine. Consult a nutritionist if you’re worried.

  • Amynah

    Point blank….any qualified nutrition expert will tell you that eating meat isn’t going to kill you, but anorexia will. Vitamins and fake meats cant supplement all of the nutrients that you naturally get from meat. Of course, everything in moderation. I’ve always been small myself, even after 2 kids, and that came from working out, taking care of myself, and eating SIX very healthy meals a day. Not eating enough slows ur metabolism and makes it HARDER to lose weight. What ppl should be aiming for is a tight toned body, not the physique of 12 year old boy

  • Neluxzan Mohan

    I was once 280lbs but after I read this book I started on this diet. So far I’ve been on this diet for 1 yr and I have lost 90lbs. This book has changed my life and this book is GREAT!

    • Vikram Patel

      I think you need professional help!

  • Heidi

    I have never read this book but I think the writers conclusion of a vegan diet leaving you with nutritional deficiencies is completely inaccurate. For heart health, cancer prevention, diabetes prevention…the vegan diet is the best diet! I think insulin shots and open heart surgery are extreme, not a diet of fruits, grains and vegetables!! Like I said I am not familiar with this book but there is plenty of amazing research on the benefits of a strict vegetarian diet: The China Study, Forks over Knives, Reversing Diabetes Dr. Barnard! Do your research and do it right!

  • Stephanie

    This book is for people who are already skinny or have a body structure and genetics that are prone to thinness. Everyone who loves it, does so because they can pat themselves on the back for being so thin and sexy and “healthy” when eating less food is simply their natural way of living. It’s not “easy” for everyone to eat healthy, and using simple willpower fueled by self-hatred or hatred for fatness isn’t the way to go.

  • Marley

    I am 18 years old, and have been eating a holistic vegan diet since age 12. If there is anyone who can speak frankly about low calcium, protein, and vitamin intake, it’s me. At 11 years old, I was already very health-concious. I was a heavily-trained athlete, and also on the cusp of puberty. After several puberty (and diet) related issues, I decided to become vegan. Two weeks after becoming vegan, my skin turned grey and my hair and nails lost luster, but that did not dissuade me. I saw a nutritionist, and she told me to alter my diet to include more complete proteins and leafy green vegetables. I did, and since then, I have had a perpetual glow, healthy, fast growing hair and fingernails, a built, yet curvy body, and near-perfect skin. If I can make it through growth spurts, developing into a woman, and the hormones and stresses that come with being a teenager on a strictly vegan diet, you can do it. i promise. I have never taken vitamins, nor do I need to. I get a blood panel every couple of months to confirm my vitamin and nutrient levels. And they are always perfect. The vegan diet, when done PROPERLY, is the perfect diet. Do it. It’s not that hard. :)

    • Rachel

      I’m thinking about becoming vegan and want to do it for weight loss and health reasons: what exactly do you eat? Proportion-wise, I guess I mean. I just bought this book and would like to do this right and be healthy!!

  • Ange

    I read the book and limited dairy and eat fish/prawns on special occasions, still ate eggs though and managed to loose 10kilos but i did up my exercise!! Exercise is the key to loosing weight not just eating right.

  • lisa

    I take from it what I agree with…as they do stress to use your head. But I do agree with cutting out animal products accept for eggs. I will only buy eggs that are not mass produced because they senselessly kill the baby male chicks. Otherwise it is a bit extreme. I did notice my nails breaking.

  • Arusa

    I really like this book. It’s full of truth which everyone needs to know. It tells you all the bad effects that can happen to your body if you feed it the wrong foods. They also include meal plans which is helpful, what I find it I think the calories are too low unless you’re trying to lose weight. Overall great book!

  • Uriel

    Caring for animals is not propaganda is awareness and sensitivity.

  • Uriel

    No Nutritional deficiency will develop from eliminating animal products – there is no nutrient in meat fish and diary that is not contained – without the downside of animal fats – in vegetables. I have been following a vegan diet for five years now and my blood tests are perfect. The only problem is that.. you do lose weight, despite your accurate diet, especially at the beginning!

  • Marcia

    This book is very informative and straight to the point. I can imagine that anyone who doesn’t want to know the truth about the meat/dairy industry (factory farms especially) or the truth about artificial sweeteners would not enjoy this book. I come from a vegetarian family with absolutely no health problems or deficiency in nutrients. This book is amazing for someone who can take a serious look at themselves, the food they put into their bodies and is willing to open their eyes to what the food industry in America really is.

  • heather

    it was very informative. the recipes are delicious. my bestfriend & i did get skinnier. she lost 40 lbs. and has never looked better. btw animal cruelty is not propaganda. anyone who thinks so just wants to justify killing things. ps, why would anyone want to digest carcasses? that’s disgusting!

  • amanda

    I read the book, but didn’t even bother with the diet.

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you cut out everything, and starve yourself you will become thin.

    and yes eating organic is better for you, but most of us cannot afford that.

    This in the end seemed more like a PETA meat is murder propaganda pitch than a diet.

  • Robin

    I love this book I used to feel tired and hungry all the time but since Ive read and followed this book Ive lost 30 pounds in 4 months and I feel more active and less tired, cutting out the coffee was not easy especially the fatty fries I used to eat on the go thank you skinny bitchs for making me into one :) I LOVE this book.

  • Alice

    I have been doing it for two weeks and haven’t lost a pound. I thought I would miss meat but don’t. :) Dairy is the hard part because it is in everything

    • sherry

      How r u doing now? I just started it. My cardiologist ask me if I was motivated and I said yes. He told me about the VEGAN diet. Im giving it a try……thanks for all the comments. Sherry

  • Lesley

    I actually haven’t lost any substantial amount of weight since turning vegan… but I also was already (relatively) small (5’6 120lbs) … My mom on the other hand started following my diet and lost about 20 lbs in the past year. I did it for health reasons at first, and im so glad i did- like other people said, it cleared up my skin and i just FEEL so much healthier and energetic… its such a more environmentally sustainable, natural, beneficial way of eating… it also is alot easier to lose weight after deciding to go vegan because you don’t have the option of eating so many fatty foods (ice cream, cheese, meat, cream, butter,…)

  • Patty

    for how many days should we do this diet!! thanks!! and if you did this diet coment below telling me how many pounds did you lost in how many days!! thanks you!!

  • Claudia

    Okay, I’ve been a vegetarian for two years now and this book motivated me to take that next step to becoming vegan.
    This is for all of you out there ranting about how humans are “supposed” to consume meat. Do you have any idea what meat consists of? Do you have any idea of the health benefits of giving it up? Do you have any idea of the torture animals endure in slaughterhouses and on factory farms?

    For some strange reason I highly doubt it because if you knew the facts there is no way you’d be ranting about how cutting meat out of your diet is wrong.

    Like the saying goes, “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be vegetarians.”

  • Sophiak

    I became a vegan early this summer and since then I have lost 20 lbs, my skin has completely cleared up, and I feel better than ever. I have never gotten so many compliments in my life!! Vegan is the way to go, no doubt about it. You’re not consuming any crap, just pure natural food!

  • Laenis

    Anyone who seriously believes that humans were never ‘meant’ to eat the flesh of other mammals either is utterly ignorant of paleoanthropology, evolutionary psychology and human morphology or has an extremely twisted conception of morality which promotes human suffering at the expense of catering to animals.

    All the vegetarians/vegans I know (and I know a lot, I do philosophy at a grad school…) are all pasty, physically weak and have a poor immune system. I’ve no doubt some vegetarians are so innately healthy that they can override the damaging effect it has on their body, but that doesn’t imply that it’s actually good for you to do without foodstuffs which we routinely relied upon for sustenance during the period the human body was adapted.

    The authors of this book are self righteous, moralistic charlatans who should learn basic moral theory before preaching about the benefits of a way of life which is only suitable for a minority of people.

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