Recent Reads – „Skinny Bitch“ by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

If you are unfamiliar with the „Recent Reads“ series, click here for an explanation.
Short story even shorter: I tell you about books I have recently read (came as quite a surprise, regarding the title, hm?)

This time I will share with you a book I picked from my Skoobe library when I was bored.
I picked it because I am quite into healthy eating, it said it was „life-changing“ and a „New York Times Bestseller“ and because I wanted a break from reading fiction.

Reading Essentials

The title itself is quite explicit: „Skinny Bitch – The truth about crappy diets, fat women and good looks“.

The topic as described by Amazon:
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 is a rallying car 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 is solid guidance.

Source: Amazon

The topic as I see it:
Definitely not your typical diet book.
The authors, a model/nutritionist and the owner of a model company, share their view on healthy food, eating meat and diet myths using a language meant to be „girlfriend talk“, but in my eyes borderline offensive.

Did I like it:
For several reasons.

If any of my girlfriends would use this kind of language while speaking to me (or anyone else in my presence), we would have some serious talk afterwards.
The only place I have heard people talk to each other like this is during trash TV shows where people are payed to yell at each other about having sex with their neighbors dog (not an actual topic – I hope! – but you get the point)
If you want to draw attention to your topic, try using the topic, not abusive language.

Going the same way is the whole chapter about eating meat.
Yes, I am well aware of the way animals are treated before they end up being consumed by humans, and yes, it is an important topic that gets way to little publicity.
I am living pescetarian myself 95% of the time, and I salute everyone who has decided to go fully vegan.
But for one thing: Being vegetarian/vegan is NOT about weight loss.
And for another thing: Reading the descriptions they gave in this chapter made me actually gag.
And I am by no means a sensible soul when it comes to written content or violence.
This may be the way it is, but again: Let the topic speak for itself. No need to traumatize a teenager reading your book!

Putting all this aside, just focusing on the facts included, I still have complaints.
The authors do have some good points, like: Stay away from refined sugar, Complex carbs aren’t as bad as some people tell you and Eat more vegetables, but they go on mixing this with things that are simply and utterly wrong!
It is NOT TRUE that eating too much protein will injure your kidneys. Fact is, if your kidneys are injured, they can’t excrete the protein as well as they used to, so you should watch your protein intake then.
And this is just one example.

Now I am lucky to know a good share about nutrition and human bodies myself, so I can filter facts from myths and maybe get some useful information from reading it. But for the average reader, who is neither nutritionist nor physician, and probably from a younger audience, there are some dangerous misconceptions hidden in there.

So if I started living by these rules, I would probably get skinnier.
If I were as strict about cutting out refined sugar, I would probably get healthier.
But if I had to cope with this language any longer, I would for sure become a bitch!

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  • Too bad you didn't like it. I agree with you, being vegetarian is not about losing weight. I've been a vegetarian for over 13 years now and I do it solely because for the animals.

  • I actually liked the book, purely because I did learn a lot. I did take everything with a pinch of salt and whenever I read something that interests me I do some more research. I didn't agree with everything they mentioned in the book at all but I learned some things. I get where you're coming from though!

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  • When I read your intro, I thought "Ooh this is a book I would like to readd- sounds unusual" but then after reading the rest of it, probably not. It annoys me when people use an excessive amount of foul language to get a point across – not necessary! 🙂 x

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  • Meh. It doesn't sound funny at all. And it's ok.. I don't want to be a skinny bitch. :') haha

  • Csenge Orban

    Oh what was looking forward for a good recommendation to read, but this sounds awful. I'm sorry…have you read the book Cameron Diaz wrote on the human body? It's really good, she talks about a healthy lifestyle and explains the scientific background as well. Kisses from Hungary xo

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  • valeriesdays

    I try to read a lot of books… I like dark and sad stories (sorry !!), crime novels… If you want to have an idea, please check my blog 😉 xox

  • Thanks for sharing! I had heard of this book but wanted to know about it! xx

  • Well, at least it sounds different from all these diet books which pretend that going on a cabbage-only diet is the way to go. Or that chia seeds will change your life. I'm always a little worried when health books are written by models though. Is she a certified nutritionist?

  • Dressed With Soul

    Danke für Dein ehrliches Review! Schade, wieder ein Buch, dass es nicht wert ist, zu lesen. Ich bin ja als Vielleser mittlerweile immer noch dankbarer, wenn ich endlich mal wieder ein Buch entdeckt habe, dass mir gefällt und dann sehr traurig, wenn es zu Ende ist 🙂 Und ein Buch mit einer solchen Sprache mag ich schon gar nicht lesen …

    Liebe Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende!

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  • idu

    Great and very honest review. I enjoyed reading this.

  • Great topic!

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  • Swati Sharma

    this seems to be a good one….

  • Ja, je weniger Zeit man hat, desto ärgerlicher is es, wenn ein Buch dann enttäuscht. Ich liebe ja deswegen richtig dicke Bücher, denn wenn sie mir gefallen, habe ich wenigstens ein bisschen was davon.

  • Yes, she has a degree, and I know that some of the things she claims in the book have been taught in the past. But there has been a lot of research during the last years, and some things have been put into perspective, and I miss showing up different ways.
    There never is THE ONE WAY that fits every one, and I am tired of people claiming their way is the only way of life.
    Do you follow a certain diet?

  • So many people don't care to do their own research, and that can be disastrous when it comes to healthy eating. Or skincare.
    Are you interested in nutrition?

  • Yes, the chapter on fitness and why you should keep doing Cardio to avoid getting bulky would have been your favorite part, I guess.
    But I am sure it works. If I run 5 hours a week while living of carrots without dressing, I´d for sure shed some weight.

  • Glad you found it helpful.

  • Sad stories are some of my favorites to read. Any recommendations?

  • I have heard great things about her book but haven't read it so far. Do you follow her advice?

  • Me neither, I enjoy eating way to much.

  • Well, it was an unusual book, and I haven't read anything similar so far, but I guess there are better ones regarding nutrition out there. Is this a topic you are interested in?

  • Thank you for sharing your opinion. And I agree, they cover a lot of topics that aren't common knowledge, so it is an interesting read. But as I know a lot about the topic already, the facts that were presented the wrong way and the foul language did outweigh the interesting bits by far.
    Doing your own research is important, but I fear many people just can't be bothered and take the written word for granted.

  • Did you read it?

  • Yep: eating everything in reasonable amounts, lol! It's sometimes harder than it seems…
    I've put on a lot of weight since I moved from France to the USA , huge portions and hidden sugar in everything are probably the culprits. I'm trying to be more active and eat more veggies.

  • No. Food books and me, ehhhh…

  • I love reading food books, it is the second best to actually eating.

  • Going for greens and keep moving are some of the best things you can do. It is about being healthy after all, not about a certain size.

  • Haha, sounds like the tone of voice is the bitchy part. Imagine what it would be like on audio books…

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  • Thank you, Idu, and thanks for stopping by.

  • Did you read the book?

  • I totally agree. Food should be fun, and you should be able to give fuel to your body instead of starving it while counting calories!
    So sorry to hear about your condition, it must be very hard to keep up such a strict meal plan.

  • I didn't like it too much.

  • That would probably be fun! Maybe suggest that to the publishers?

  • Maireem Maneje

    never heard of this book. love the honest and detailed review you provided 🙂

  • I picked it up on a whim and regretted it…
    Do you chose the books you read carefully or are you an impulse reader?

  • Maireem Maneje

    I am very much an impulse reader 😛

  • Me too. I try keeping to-read lists, but rarely end up using them.