For those on the constant quest for the best way to lose weight, “The Skinny Bitch Diet”, written by former Ford model agent Rory Freedman and former model Kim Barnouin, provides some excellent guidelines for getting down to a healthy weight while feeling better by eating natural, wholesome foods. Freedman and Barnes, who has a master’s degree in holistic nutrition, live in Los Angeles and count models, actors and athletes among their successfully skinny clients. The book’s sassy, sensible style dishes out great advice on making intelligent and educated decisions on nutrition, as well as dropping pounds. With sharp, chick-lit wit Skinny Bitch encourages dieters to eat right and exercise to become happier, healthier and skinnier.
The Skinny Bitch Diet is a vegan program, a way of eating eschewing all animal products including meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, milk and all other dairy products. The book thoroughly describes the right and wrong foods, as well as providing meal guidelines and sample meals. The authors advise avoiding alcohol, caffeine, chemical sweeteners, soda, and refined sugar; and label reading is strongly endorsed. Recommended sugar substitutes include maple syrup, molasses, and brown rice syrup. Of course, such junk food as potato chips, ice cream and candy are prohibited; but anything labeled fat-free and low-fat should also be avoided, due to harmful chemical additives. White foods are generally off-limits, including white flour, white pasta and white rice.
One of the best diets that work for losing weight, Skinny Bitch encourages dieters to eat three meals a day, with snacks added only if necessary. Major recommended foods include fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, soy products, whole grain breads and cereals, tofu, olive and sesame oils, and decaffeinated green tea. The diet is high in fiber, and the only carbs allowed are grains, brown rice, fruits and vegetables. Acceptable snacks include vegetable crackers, soy products and organic pretzels; and alcohol consumption should be limited to moderate amounts of organic red wine.
Skinny Bitch is easy to follow, as it requires no stringent measuring or calorie counting; although if followed correctly, it is basically a low calorie diet. A full month of recommended meal plans is included, and it is useful to closely follow these in order to lose weight. As the average American eats about 2,500 calories a day, by reducing this consumption by approximately 1,000 daily calories it should be possible to lose about two pounds a week.
Several typical daily meal plans are laid out. An acceptable breakfast would include some combination of fruit salad or freshly squeezed juice, soy yogurt, oatmeal, or whole grain toast or bagel. Lunch could be salad, a vegetable wrap or vegetable soup. Somewhere between lunch and dinner, if necessary, a small snack of vegetable sticks with organic peanut butter or guacamole with organic corn chips would be acceptable. For dinner, possibilities include variations on baked tofu or vegetarian options for such traditional meat dishes as lasagna, burritos, chili, hot dogs or burgers.
To help dieters better prepare and enjoy their newly healthy meals, plentiful recipes are provided. For those looking for some great vegan recipes beyond those in the original Skinny Bitch book, the authors have also published a cookbook brimming with tasty vegetarian dishes from countries including Greece, Japan, Thailand, Morocco, India and the Middle East.
Exercise is an important part of any weight loss routine, and Skinny Bitch encourages dieters to work out regularly, strongly endorsing Yoga. In keeping with its vegan theme, the book also has sections on animal cruelty and factory farming; and details the side effects of chemicals we routinely ingest.