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Weekend Reading: Skinny B*tch

I have to admit it - I definitely have been known to judge a book by its cover. So when I was in the book store the other day, the title "Skinny Bitch" definitely caught my eye.

It's "a no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous." Written by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, these two women give you the facts straight up with a side order of sass and no sugar coating (pun intended).

The basic message in this book is if you eat crap, you'll feel and look like crap. They give you the truth about what you're putting into your body and how it affects you. In Skinny Bitch, there's no beating around the bush when it comes to coffee, sugar, meat, dairy products, smoking, and artificial ingredients - there are entire chapters devoted to how giving these up can make you healthy and help you "get skinny".

This is such an easy read since the voice is so upbeat, straightforward, and outrageous. All they say is backed up with interesting scientific facts in a way that's easy to understand so you feel like a friend is sitting you down and "telling you like it is" instead of some stodgy doctor.

After they give you the truth about what you're eating, they don't just leave you in the dust. There are also chapters about nutrition, meal ideas, great health food products, and a list of ingredients to watch out for.

I definitely recommend checking out this hilarious book that encourages you to wake up and smell the truth, and start getting healthy. You can get it at any major bookstore or order it from Amazon ($11.16).

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charlotteannette charlotteannette 8 years
I think that even if it grosses you out to read about meat and how its prepared, etc--you ABSOLUTELY SHOULD. I eat all types of meat, but its important to do so with awareness. For instance, maybe reading this book will make you support free-range chickens. Maybe it won't change your behaviour at all. But its better than going through life blind!
Orchid23 Orchid23 10 years
I actually have this book and been having it for a while now, and I do agree with everyone that I thought it was a diet book but it's actually a vegan book, some chapters are engrossing and make you call off all meats till you eventually forget the graphic details...but I also believe that you can not make your self better until you have reached your lowest point (health wise & body image wise) and really decided mentally you are ready to change your lifestyle period, and the rise in health and leaner looking body come as a plus :)..if you try to do it reverse, ultimately you become a lifelong yo-yo dieter or you end up gaining all your lost weight and some additional unwanted weight...
butterfly18 butterfly18 10 years
It sounds like a great book! I agree - you do need to avoid over-consuming any type of food -- whether its vegan-friendly or not. I'm naturally a self-motivated person, so I think I could handle reading this book. Its sounds like an interesting read.
daniemre daniemre 10 years
I need this book :)
Fitness Fitness 10 years
I agree vitrolicbump - being healthy is the most important thing!
vitrolicbump vitrolicbump 10 years
It sounds like the wheat/gluten-free diet my parents are on. They also drink lemon/apple cider vinegar water in the morning and no coffee. As for me, I just stay away from what my body tells me to. It's amazing what happens when you actually do that, but most people think you can do whatever to your body and it will be ok. I don't eat red meat because, like LaLa-Laura said, it's difficult to digest. So it's other sources of protein. Chicken, pork sometimes, fish, cheese (but hardly any other dairy). High fiber breads are great and taste great too. Oh, and I don't drink sodas much; water, juices and teas. While I don't look like I'm on any particular diet I don't care, I'm healthy. That's what I care about. It can be frustrating every now and then that our society is so engrossed in size, but health is the key, especially if you have any underlying health issues (like I do).
JDLNeil JDLNeil 10 years
This book is awesome--it's changed my life. It's not for most people, because most people would rather eat what they want rather than look their best. To address the coffee issue, the authors do not claim that coffee makes you fat. They stress living a healhful life free of dependency on anything, including coffee. But unless you're ready to make a new lifestyle commitment, you probably shouldn't read it. Otherwise, you may become defensive about your own habits and we'd hate to have that happen.
marijke marijke 10 years
apparently after victoria beckham was pictured holding this book, the sales went up 37,000 per cent. useless facts. I'm full of them!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
I suppose it is meant to be ironic, but I am quite offended by this.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
Never heard of it!
Swangeese Swangeese 10 years
Eh I've lost over 50 pounds ,but still eat whatever I want. Quitting smoking, cutting out caffiene and excessive alcohol consumption, and eating more plants are always good things to do, but there is no magic solution for weight loss. And going veg isn't a shortcut to fast and lasting weight loss. There are obese and overweight vegans out there.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
Sounds hilarious.
krisua krisua 10 years
Definitely a healthy attitude expressed. Wow!
LaLa-Laura LaLa-Laura 10 years
I could never go vegan, the only meat I eat is chicken and turkey beacuse it digests faster than beef. I eat healthier than the average person, so I don't need a book. I like having enegery, so I could never go vegan.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
:D ellenmarie.
ellenmarie ellenmarie 10 years
This sounds like a book I'll skip...Your comments all scare me! :P
lizzielou742 lizzielou742 10 years
I read the first chapter, in it they say coffee is imported from countries that use pesticides and such things that get into our systems. "Poison" I think they called it, actually.
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
I read somewhere: Effects of coffee on energy metabolism * The effects of coffee on fat and carbohydrate metabolism were studied in 10 lean and 10 obese individuals. Both groups showed an increased expenditure of energy (calories burned) after drinking coffee. The coffee-induced stimulation of energy expenditure involved both fat and carbohydrate oxidation (conversion of weight to energy). The obese individuals had less effect (10%) than the lean group (29%). ...so why would you gain weight drinking coffee...other then the obvious of too much creamer/sugar?
Ladytronic Ladytronic 10 years
sounds like a very dull life
ellietripp ellietripp 10 years
I have read this book, and if you enjoy eating meat, chicken or fish DO NOT read this!! It's a funny and witty book, but some of the chapters churned my stomach...
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I could never go vegan...a friend of mine went vegan last year and she did lose a lot of weight quickly, but she can't eat anything normal. She'll never go out to eat with me because there's nothing for her in restaurants. I guess it's good for some people, but I couldn't live that way. I'm happy staying in shape the old-fashioned way: watching my calorie intake and exercising.
the-clam the-clam 10 years
what about coffee makes you fat? or is it just a rant about filthy coffee urns?
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
i liked their tough-love approach. it was a bit comical.
rb24 rb24 10 years
Im in to eating healty but I could never go vegan. I am allergic to soy
muchacha muchacha 10 years
if you have panic attacks you prolly shouldn't be drinking a lot of coffee!
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