This book was first published in 2005 when it had a fairly good run. But, it became a best seller in Britain when Spice Girl Victoria Beckham was seen carrying it to a boutique in LA. Soon, the news caught up with the rest of the press and book had a dream run in the US too. Written by former models Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, the Skinny Bitch is a promise to give you the bare bones on losing weight. The book makes use of barely controlled anger and scorn, probably to achieve that much-needed ‘A-ha’ moment in the reader. Whether it delivers or not is another matter. You can read reviews of this book here: Skinny Bitch Reviews on Amazon
The Skinny Bitch: An Overview
The basic premise of the book is to get followers off their regular diet and switch over to a vegan diet to facilitate weight loss. That is why the first half of the book is full of shocking revelations meant to make you go ‘Ick’ when you so much as see a piece of meat! There are long paragraphs on how the food industry is conniving to encourage our current food addictions to sugars, sweets, colas, caffeine, drugs and meat. You will also find lots of choice abuses meant to wake you from your eating frenzy. If you don’t like the idea of someone heaping abuses on you that way, well, tough luck! The second part of the book is a volte-face, with the attitude suddenly changing from loathing and anger to loving care and attention. As the authors take you through a highly restrictive meal plan, they assure you that you will learn to love that cavernous emptiness within your stomach! The last part of the book contains sample menus, a dictionary of undesirable food ingredients and a list of foods that you can buy from specific organic food brands. Unfortunately, there is nothing said about exercise.
The Skinny Bitch: A Review
The language is the first thing that hits you. The authors may have tried to create a unique voice, something that distinguishes them from thousands of diet books out there. But, the voice they have created is croaky and gets in your face after a while. The next thing is the shameless and blatant call to become vegan. A popular diet book that advocates a particular type of food is very much vulnerable to being dumped, particularly with all that finger waving going on!
Skinny Bitch Pros and Cons:
- Advocates giving up processed food
- Exposes some nasty truths about chemical additives and the food industry in general
- Facilitates weight loss
- The language is unpalatable
- The book is not based on any scientific principle
- The blatant call to veganism can put you off
- Too restrictive in terms of calories
- No emphasis on exercise
- May induce post diet bingeing
Some people have reported success through this diet plan. But if your aim is long term weight loss, a healthy body and a happy mind, it is better to try something else and go some place where you do not have someone calling you ‘Lazy shit’, ‘moron’, ‘gluttunous pig’ or …well, you get the idea!