February 18, 2010 by Sarah S.
Ever seen/read this?
I bought it a couple years ago and it’s been languishing on my bookshelf ever since. Why? Because, shockingly, the book basically says you must be vegan to be skinny and healthy, and well, I wasn’t going to be vegan at that time. I thought of it this morning because now that I am eating vegan, I wondered if it would contain any tips that might help me shed these pounds that seem to love me so much. I brought it with me to the gym, along with my cute heart rate monitor, and basically read the whole thing in 30 minutes while on the elliptical (not the densest read).
Nutritionally, I think the information is mostly sound. The book basically has a bitchy tone and the authors (bitches) love to cuss you out for being a fat, lazy, flesh-eating jerk, if you don’t shape up. I don’t like that, I have to be honest, but I can see how the “gimmick” is fashioned to work. I prefer a kinder, gentler approach. It’s all kind of sensationalist. One thing that was completely absent from the book was the idea of “calories in vs. calories out” that seems to be the prevailing method of actually losing weight. And that was the first hint to me that the “Skinny Bitch Diet” is not actually a weight-loss manual, but rather a book of opinions on animal cruelty and the lack of morals within the FDA. It’s masquerading as a diet book so that it doesn’t get tossed to the back of the pile. I get this. It’s smart. The concept of losing weight in this book is described as a by-product of eating the vegan way. I take that with a grain of salt. I’ve been eating vegan for a month and a half and I’m not wasting away, like the authors say I will. I cut out dairy, and I haven’t been “pissing my pants” over how much that one change has made in my waistline.
They have some pretty graphic descriptions of the cruelty endured by animals in slaughterhouses, and I really did have to skip through some of those pages, because I cry easily, and I didn’t want to be crying on the elliptical. It brought me back to my Animal Rights class in college all over again.
Anyway, no help from the Skinny Bitch. I might check out their website though. They have a 30 day menu plan as well, all the way in the back, but honestly… It’s pretty much what I do now anyway!
Have you read this book? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
So, on to the heart rate monitor, that little bastard! Yesterday during Zumba, I didn’t get an accurate reading because I didn’t “wet the nodes” nor did I set up the heart rate parameters correctly. Therefore every now and again the darn thing would read 0 as a heart rate. Even so, by the end of class it had clocked 410 calories burned. Pretty good, especially considering I was technically dead through part of class. I’ll try again next week, as I won’t be able to take another Zumba class till then.
This morning, I only burned 200 calories on the elliptical in 30 minutes. I kept myself in the moderate zone the entire time, though, between 135 – 154. This is good to know. I’m officially in love/hate with my heart rate monitor.
I’ve got a lot to get done today in preparation for our departure to beautiful, sunny, Puerto Rico tomorrow! Don’t hate, playa! So I’ll be leaving you now. Have a wonderful day!