This diet book was written to be a frank, "get real" approach for those who have tried without success to lose weight and keep it off. The authors include advice to readers such as what they must get rid of in their everyday eating: sugar first, followed by meat and dairy. A vegan lifestyle is recommended, and more than 75 vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking are provided. The authors address such topics as mental denial about bad food habits, and how to make responsible food choices without denying cravings and appetite.
Authors: Rory Freedman, Kim Barnouin; Pub. Date: December 2005; Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers; Format: Paperback, 224pp; ISBN-13: 9780762424931/ISBN: 0762424931; also available in CD – unabridged and MP3 – unabridged formats
ACE Expert Review
In Skinny Bitch, one of a ever-expanding series of books by Freedman and Barnouin, the authors promote a vegan lifestyle as the only patch to being thin and healthy.
Skinny Bitch is the epitome of the “all-or-nothing” thinking that nutrition and fitness experts are constantly warning against. With chapter titles like “Sugar is the Devil” and “The Dairy Disaster,” along with statements like “Soda is liquid Satan,” the authors demonize everything that does not fit into the vegan lifestyle they are promoting. Trouble is, the title and cover of the book never tell the reader that this is the authors’ agenda. It simply unfolds over the first several chapters as the authors tell you to eliminate food groups from your diet. On page 52, they state, “If you want to get skinny, you’ve got to be a vegetarian.” By page 79, “now you are a vegan.”
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- The authors also create the illusion that this is a well-researched book by placing endnote citations every few sentences. A quick look at the endnotes, however, reveals that the authors did not use peer-reviewed scientific journals as their sources, instead opting for other books and websites that promote the vegan lifestyle.
- This book is full of dubious science—"human digestive systems are not meant to process 'rotting animal flesh'; when you eat meat you are consuming the high blood pressure, adrenaline, and high stress levels of the frightened animals being tortured in slaughterhouses; conversely, when you eat plants, you are consuming the stored energy of the sun!" All of this leaves the reader unable to cull the quality information that may be hidden in the text.
October 9, 2009
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