I first read this book after one of my clients gave / lent me a copy several years ago. I must warn you that the authors are vegans – which means they don’t consume and don’t even wear any products that have come from animals. So at first I was a little apprehensive about the book but once I started to read it especially the first chapter, I found I couldn’t actually put it down.
The book is really easy to read and uses – let’s say some colourful language, best described as telling it like it is. The message is very clear and for the most part I agree with a lot the information that is in the book all except the chapter on meat – but I will get back to that a bit later.
The first few lines read “Okay. Use your head. You need to get healthy, if you want to get skinny. Healthy = skinny. Unhealthy = fat. You can’t keep eating the same shit and expect to get skinny.” This is so true way too many people worry about losing weight and use methods that are unhealthy and dangerous. The whole first chapter is gold and well worth a read.
The book talks about the role of carbohydrates and the importance of removing what I call CRAP from your diet. CRAP meaning Caffeinated, Refined, Alcohol, Aspartame, and Processed in case you didn’t know. Once you have removed the CRAP replacing it wholegrains foods and foods high in fibre – which are lower glycemic and give you longer lasting energy. This is a very wise thing to do.
The parts of this book I don’t like is chapter 7 Myths and Lies about protein. The authors conveniently left out the fact that plant proteins are incomplete proteins – meaning that 1 or more of the “essential” amino acids are missing. Meat products are complete proteins – have all essential amino acids intact. The authors are also pro soy which if you do a little homework on you will find out that soy isn’t so great – and I recommend my clients to stay well away from it.
I really love chapter 9 “Have No Faith: Government Agencies don’t give a shit about your health.” The title of the chapter pretty much says it all – these huge multinational food companies have extremely close relationships with the government agencies (Check out Food Inc to learn more about that).
So in summary Skinny Bitch is a easy book to read, colourful at times. It raises some interesting points some of which I 100% agree with and others I don’t care too much for. I have my own strong believes about the importance of protein. Sugar and processed carbohydrates (CRAP) are bad news they do make you fat and unhealthy and should be removed from your diet – they have that 100% right. It is worth a read.
I rate Skinny Bitch 3 stars.