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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Original edition (4 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762435410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762435418
  • ASIN: 0762424931
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Straight talking co-authors (Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin) ... don't mince their words in their efforts to get you on the path to your ideal weight." --Zest

"(If)you're desperate to lose weight and feeling brave, invest in this - but just remember, ladies: you have been warned!" --Hot Stars

"(i)f you don't want to be a fat pig any more then these Skinny Bitches say they are the women to help." --The Sunday Mirror

About the Author

Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin started a movement when they wrote their bestselling manifesto, Skinny Bitch. Both a wake-up call and a kick in the ass, Skinny Bitch exposed the horrors of the food industry while inspiring people to eat well and enjoy food. They both live and pig out in Los Angeles.


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Well worth a read!

It's a straight talking wake up call about what goes into the food you eat and what really goes on in animal farming (you will be shocked) and the swears really didn't bother me. Put me off animal products, and inspired me to go raw vegan and lost 9ibs in 9 days. I will definately keep this information that I learned in this book with me forever. Going to read it again, best book I ever bought.
-2012

Update Jan 2016: I have kept off the weight I lost on a normal vegan diet (cooked food) and sometimes low fat vegan. I ate what I wanted and didn't count calories. Baked potato salads, home made soups, beans on toast, vegetable stir fries etc. I lost about 3 stone effortlessly over a year or two and have maintained but still need to lose 20-25 pounds to be considered 'normal weight' and I think nearer the end now I would have to work harder and exercise. It's been difficult to completely eliminate diet soda, my weakness. However I drink it a lot less and every day make 2 or 3 pots of green tea or lemon water, measuring out 1 litre in each and enjoy that throughout the day.

The important information in this book is in the first few chapters. 'Give it up' 'Carbs: the truth' 'sugar is the devil' 'The dead decomposing rotting flesh diet' 'The dairy disaster'
Learn what soda does to your body, especially when paired with carbs. Learn what health problems caffeine causes. Learn what acidic foods (animal products) do once they enter your body. Read up on alkaline vs acid foods. White vs wholemeal and why. Learn about nutrition and not just calories. Nutrients instead of chemicals. What is in dairy and what it does to your body. Learn about healthy alternatives to all of these. I come back and look at this book every so often for a refresher. I tore out the chapter on animal farming because I found it too distressing. I also recommend 'The starch solution' by Dr John McDougall
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This is a book for women who want to lose weight. Its catch is that it uses 'straight talk' to convey its ideas about how to lose weight. Do not buy this book if you are offended by profanity, which is abundant in the book. I can't really say that this is a 'diet' book, rather it is more of a diet 'method' book which teaches you what and what not to do and you go from there.

The book starts out by telling you quite bluntly (which is the tone of the whole book) what you need to give up, such as smoking and soda. A large part of the book is devoted to telling the reader what to eat and what not to eat. It covers areas such as carbs, sugars, meats, protein, etc. Some of the ideas can come across a bit controversial at times, but the authors do cite their sources which they are to be commended for doing. The book also contains a pretty big list of foods that are okay to buy in case you get confused. All-in-all its an easy to read book that is fairly short and easy to follow. However, the tone of the book will not appeal to everyone. Also recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator as dietary changes are useless unless you're motivated to stick with them.
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Ok, so I admit after seeing this in Victoria Beckham's bony hands (and obviously observing her man on the new Armani adverts *sigh*) I felt compelled to buy this book, even if it was just for the read! I was not disappointed. Being a medical student, and paranoid about my figure constantly I would like to say that I know more than the average person when it comes to nutrition, yet this book points out the blindingly obvious, that most of us would just look past! After reading this, I started to implement things into my day-to-day routine (and I am still working on it, after all this isn't a faddy diet but a lifestyle change!) but I can honestly say it has made the world of difference. After the first few days I felt so much better!

I read a few reviews stating they had 'bowel problems', which doesn't surprise me as you are eating that much fruit and vegetables your body is in shock from all the nutritious fibre, it's lapping up those vitamins and minerals! It settles after a little while, as your body gets used to new foods.

For anyone wishing to embark on a permanent lifestyle change, or even just a hilarious read this book is fantastic! I always go back to it and read it again just to remind me at times why i'm doing this (especially when my mates are tucking into a huge tub of ben n jerrys ice cream!) and as soon as I start to read it again it takes me back to my motivation at square one! Plus it's small enough to put in your bag for those restaurant visits ;o)

For anyone who does take up this challenge in the UK, will probably have some difficulties finding places to buy vegan products that they reccommend. However, I have found that the best thing to do is make your own 'treats' e.g. cookies, cakes etc from scratch there are LOADS of cook books on amazon. If anyone would like to ask me any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I will get back to you. My advice would be; DO IT!
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This isn't a diet book. It's not a vegan book. It's a book for people who hate and fear food. Reading from the perspective of a healthy vegetarian who has learnt to love her body and has a basic understanding of science, it's hilliarious.

Reading as my teenage self, my insecure, self-critical self, it could have been a killer. As another reviewer noted, the language is that of pro-ana websites: food is disgusting, gross, how could you want to put that filth in your disgusting fat body, pig.

Aside from giving up smoking, almost every piece of advice in this book is wrong. Niether white bread nor white pasta are simple carbohydrates. (They are less healthy because the fibre and nutrients have been processed out, but they are still long-chain polysaccharides.) Organic, sulphate-free red wine isn't "good for you", just marginally less un-healthy than other options. (It's the alcohol, not the additives that's the problem.) Meat does not stay rotting in your insides for decades (that myth was started from an unsourced quote by Linda McCartney) and no humans are not natural herbivores. (Apparently we only believe we are omnivores because we have been "brainwashed by evolution." So this is a diet book that denies basic biology. Yay.)

And no, you can't turn your body 'acid' by eating stuff. Sorry. Nope.

Thier more dangerous advice is their disgust for medicine (or "pill-popping" as they put it.) "Our bodies, when properly cared for, function as perfect machines." Except - when they don't. But in skinny bitch world, if your sick you have no one to blame but yourself. "Every time you take medicine," these unqualified ladies state, "you interfere with your bodies natural ability to heal itself.
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