Skinny Bitch Diet

Skinny Bitch Diet

Skinny Bitch

Background

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

skinny-bitch-dietIn 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

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.

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.

Conclusions

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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47 Comments

  • Lilly May 12th 2012

    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.

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  • Kelly Apr 9th 2012

    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.

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  • Amynah Mar 24th 2012

    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

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  • Neluxzan Mohan Mar 21st 2012

    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!

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  • Heidi Mar 18

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