In its own words, The Skinny Bitch diet is "a no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous." Developed by best friends Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, the plan aims to motivate women to join the "Skinny Bitch" club by quitting the junk food and opting for wholesome, natural foods instead.
According to Rory and Kim, that means banning foods that include:
- sugar and artificial sweeteners
- white flour
In short, becoming a Skinny Bitch requires a full transformation to a vegan diet.
The diet promotes fruits, vegetables, soy, nuts, legumes, water, and green tea. Unlike other popular diets, the Skinny Bitch is a fan of carbs as long as you stick to whole grains and whole-wheat pasta.
The Main Rules
- Ban all sugar and artificial sweeteners. Use fruit, cane juice, sugar beets, or other natural sweeteners instead.
- Ban white flour and its by-products. Stick to brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and whole grains.
- Ban all meat. According to Rory and Kim, meat is difficult to digest, high in calories, and is often loaded with artificial hormones. Vegetables are natural, have fewer calories, and are easy to digest.
- Ban dairy products. Use soy-based products instead.
According to Rory and Kim, the basic premise of the Skinny Bitch is simple: being skinny means being healthy. It's about eating what's good for you, and passing on what's not. This book educates the reader on their version of the good and the bad, and the effects foods have on your body. It's not a diet that leaves you hungry; it's a lifestyle change that promises gradual weight loss and a renewed sense of energy.
Pros and Cons
Ever since Victoria Beckham appeared in a magazine holding a copy of the book, the Skinny Bitch has been a hot diet in the charts. It's an entertaining read that promotes a healthy weight loss solution. The Skinny Bitch shows the value in looking at your food labels rather than focusing on counting calories. It provides a month’s worth of daily menus and suggested healthy snacks.
However, it's an extreme vegan diet and may place dieters at risk of certain nutrient deficiencies. The list of forbidden foods includes all animal products (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy) as well as both artificial sweeteners and sugars, which may alienate readers. The Skinny Bitch also doesn't put nearly enough emphasis on exercise. And they focus on being “skinny,” which isn't entirely healthy — you should be aiming for a healthy weight instead. Finally, the language is strong and may be offensive to some readers.
The Skinny Bitch offers a refreshing and honest guide to help kick-start weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. However, don't let the "girly" chat and glamour fool you. The Skinny Bitch is a regimented diet plan that requires a completely vegan menu, no exceptions. While the diet offers some healthy approaches to food, such as always reading food labels, discouraging artificial sweeteners, and promoting a higher intake of fruits, vegetables, and fiber, the Skinny Bitch fails to offer alternatives to people who enjoy dairy and meat. We don't recommend cutting out entire groups of foods, as it may make it harder to stay on the diet for an extended period.
A purely vegan diet can run the risk of lacking vital nutrients, including:
- riboflavin (vitamin B-2)
The diet also emphasizes getting "skinny," suggesting that this is the key to health. This can be a dangerous outlook for weight loss. People are all shapes and sizes, and what may be a healthy weight for one person can look very different for someone else. In fact, recent research points to improved health outcomes when healthy lifestyle practices are adopted, regardless of weight. One healthy lifestyle practice that is not addressed much at all in this diet is exercise, which is hugely important for long-term weight loss and overall health.