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

Breakfast
Fruit salad with soy yogurt
Lunch
Vegan Caesar salad with fake chicken
Afternoon Snack
Guacamole and organic corn chips
Dinner
Vegetarian Pad Thai

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

    References:

  • Freedman, R., Barnouin, K., & Acar, A. O. (2007). Skinny bitch. Tantor Audio.
  • Barnard, N. D., Cohen, J., Jenkins, D. J., Turner-McGrievy, G., Gloede, L., Jaster, B., … & Talpers, S. (2006). A low-fat vegan diet improves glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in a randomized clinical trial in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes care, 29(8), 1777-1783. link
  • Resnicow, K., Barone, J., Engle, A., Miller, S., Haley, N. J., Fleming, D., & Wynder, E. (1991). Diet and serum lipids in vegan vegetarians: a model for risk reduction. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 91(4), 447-453. link
  • Magkos, F., Arvaniti, F., & Zampelas, A. (2003). Organic food: nutritious food or food for thought? A review of the evidence. International journal of food sciences and nutrition, 54(5), 357-371. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 23, 2014. Disclaimer

28 Comments

  1. K3$#@ 8 months ago

    I wish I was a girl

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  2. Mikel Ruffinelli 8 months ago

    WHEN I EAT THIS DIET I FEEL GAY AND I DON’T KNOW WHY.

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  3. Ashlyn

    I can’t wait to try this!! I have to do a project for it in school as well!! Woo-Hoo!! 2 birds one stone

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  4. mike

    lol ok some of you people are really obssesed with ”skinny”..being skinny doesn’t mean your healthy..and the word diet should be outlawed..diets are the problem moreso than you might think..we all have the right to believe in what we choose..but eating meat isn’t wrong..your body is designed for eating meat and veggies and fruits and nuts and so on..its eating the healthier options of all those things that will ultimately grant you ”good health”..excercise is must also…that can be almost anything..just be active and you’ll be fine…the biggest problem for most people..stay away from packaged foods and and drink that has calories added to them..those are the main culprits of being unhealthy

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  5. Alex

    I’m actually stunned by how wrong you are. What is your basis for saying “people do not do well on a vegan diet in the long run?” Also, the B12 vitamin deficiency has been proven as a myth. I ate meat all my life, was on the track to becoming a collegiate athlete, and was still 20 pounds too heavy. Since becoming vegan I easily lost 30 pounds and have never looked better. Not only is meat ethically wrong, it’s horrible for your body.

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  6. ashley

    Ever since I started eating meat only once a month and eating vegan cookies and cutting dairy out I feel energetic and a lot healthier. Dairy is not meant for us, hence all the lactose intolerant people. Fake meat is delicious and low in fat…try it before you diss it.

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  7. Lesley

    i loved this book. its genius… it basically just takes us back to our roots… what we SHOULD be eating… no, it is not natural to drink another mammals milk, no, it is not natural to go to store and be able to buy as many of pounds of meat as we want… ive been on this “diet” for a few months and i feel good, energized, and more connected to my body and what i am putting into it. I am not following it religiously, i still eat SOME processed foods (when i “have” to) but havent eaten meat or dairy since… its REALLLY not as hard as everyone thinks and you will want after you read the book anyway… good luck!

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