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Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting [Kindle Edition]

Bethenny Frankel , Eve Adamson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From four-time New York Times bestselling author Bethenny Frankel, the book that started it all: Naturally Thin. Bethenny Frankel, talk show host, “Queen of Cocktails,” and “Mommy Mogul” has always had a passion for preparing and enjoying healthful, natural foods and sharing that love.

The New York Times bestseller Naturally Thin shows how anyone can banish their Heavy Habits, embrace Thin Thoughts, and enjoy satisfying meals, snacks, and drinks without the guilt. Armed with Bethenny’s rules, you will say:

• I know when I am really hungry
• When I’m really hungry, I look for high-volume, fiber-rich foods
• I can have any food I want
• I love the taste of real food

With more than thirty simple, delicious recipes (including her famous SkinnyGirl Margarita), a one-week program to jump-start readers on the Naturally Thin lifestyle, and warm, witty encouragement on every page, Frankel serves up a book for a healthier and thinner life.


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From Publishers Weekly

Best known from reality TV (The Real Housewives of New York City), "natural foods chef" and entrepreneur Frankel wants unhappy dieters to know that everyone is "naturally thin," they've simply got to change some habits and learn "to think like a naturally thin person." The bulk of this self-help is devoted to ten rules, each outlined in a friendly but no-nonsense chapter. Rooted in Frankel's own struggles ("twenty years suffering through diet hell"), her rules include some familiar ideas smartly recast ("Your diet is a bank account" is a personal-finance gloss on "you are what you eat") and each has a couple recipes attached (Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms). Much of her advice, however, boils down to eating less: other chapters look at moderation, mindful eating and portion size, with some helpful guides to measuring and eyeballing (though it's hard to see why "Downsize Now!" and "Cancel Your Membership in the Clean Plate Club" require separate chapters). A detailed 7-day starter plan fills out the volume. Fans of Frankel's televised adventures will likely be charmed by her strong, direct voice, and her brassy self-regard is nicely tempered by a we're-in-this-together camaraderie.
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Review

"Bethenny Frankel's new book promises -- and delivers -- the ultimate dream of every overweight American: that you can be 'naturally thin' without starvation dieting, exercising like a maniac, taking drugs, or feeling hungry all the time." -- Ellen Kunes, Editor-in-Chief, Health magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 3594 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416597980
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL03Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,111 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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215 of 217 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice, but do as she says, not as she does October 4, 2011
Format:Paperback
There are a lot of negative reviews about this book, throwing out the A Word [anorexia], and full of people making a big stink about how Bethanny advises people take just a few bites of food. But here's the thing: if you want to lose weight, you basically have to decide what you want to sacrifice - quality or quantity.

By that I mean you can either choose to eat lots/large quantities of food, but it has to be low-cal healthy stuff [veggies, air-popped popcorn, fat free dairy, lean protein, nothing fried/sweetened/fatty, etc.]. In this case, you're sacrificing quality - meaning you're limiting (or eliminating) richer, tastier foods in favor of getting to eat more. This plan is great for those who like to consume in bulk.

The other option is to sacrifice quantity [this is the route Bethanny seems to advocate], meaning you can eat whatever you want, but must stick to small portions. I've observed that this is actually how most of my thin friends eat/drink. I used be jealous because they appeared to be able to eat whatever they want (and they do), but the difference is they stop when they're full (what a CRAZY concept, right?) and they're never the ones to have that second piece of pizza/cake/fried chicken.

All that to say, you can moan and complain all you want about Bethanny's portion-minded way of indulging but I guarantee that you will never find a weight loss book that's going to tell you that you can eat whatever you want, as much as you want because it simply can't be done.

Getting back to the book itself . . .

Pros:

-Encourages you to indulge in the foods you want (in moderation). This is key. Deprevation almost ALWAYS backfires when it comes to weight loss/dieting.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works! Very natural approach to eating... August 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would have given it 5 stars, but this is a very poorly edited book and there are a lot of typos in it which really bug me.

If you can look past that, fundamentally this is an amazing approach to eating. I was surprised because I read a couple of convincing bad reviews and thought this book might promote eating disorders. But it doesn't do that at all. I've also read Skinny Bitch, and worried this was going to be extreme like that, but I was surprised it wasn't.

The great thing about this approach is that no food is off limits. If you want steak, you can have a few bites; if you want fries, have a few bites; if you want a bagel; scoop out some of the bread to lighten it. There's nothing outrageously wrong with this... it's far better than diets that tell you never to eat carbs, or never to eat red meat. And it doesn't mean you can never eat a whole portion of steak, you just have to balance it. This is much easier to incorporate into my life because it allows me to eat out, eat what everyone else is eating, and have less rules to worry about. I don't have to count calories, I don't have to skip carbs, I can go out and order a cocktail.

I've lost 12.5 lbs on this program, while eating what I want, not feeling deprived of things I'm craving. As an example I will share what I had yesterday: Breakfast was a homemade veggie omelet, chicken sausage, coffee with cream. I went out for lunch to a Mexican restaurant, ordered a 2 taco combo and requested salad in place of the rice and beans and ate 1 1/2 of the tacos and most of my salad. I also had a glass of pinot grigio and about 6 chips with salsa, because now I know just because there is a whole basket of chips on the table, doesn't mean I have to go to town on them.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Kirsten
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
UPDATE:
I've lost 15 pounds since I wrote this review--in less than a month! And that's while eating real food--chocolate, BBQ, steak, ice cream etc.

The trick is to be aware of what you are eating. Take small, slow bites. Enjoy your food. If you are eating mindlessly, you are not paying attention. Don't eat while reading/watching TV/talking--you take bigger bites and eat more than you realize. I have lost this weight never going hungry--because it's all in how we eat. This has completely transformed how I look at what I eat.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
Firstly: WOW. This book has given me an entirely new perspective about how and what I eat.

Let me preface this a bit by saying: I haven't read Part II of the book, which apparently helps you put into practice the Frankel's Ten Rules. I might go back and do so, but I wanted to leave a review ASAP for anyone pondering whether or not to get this book. GET IT FOR PART I, IF ANYTHING!

I'm a 41-year old woman who has about 30 extra pounds on her--gained from a still-uncontrolled thyroid issue. As a nationally certified trainer, I used to be very, very fit but, due to hypothyroid-related some heart problems, in the last two years I have not been able to workout to lose the weight I've gained. I ALSO have had, since I was young, a serious love-hate relationship with food. I tend to eat compulsively under stress, or mindlessly when with family, etc. In my "work out" days, my "food issues" caused me to develop anorexia athletica. Sometimes, I would binge. I've read so many other books on fitness and dieting--I have a large bookcase devoted just to these kinds of books.

So when I found this book, I didn't have much hope for it, but I thought, "What the heck.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't really work for me!
I would try this instead it worked better! http://tinyurl.com/letsgetskinny
Published 11 hours ago by Susan Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skinny Gil does not disappoint!
I love Bethenny and everything she does. In her signature no nonsense way, Bethenny give practical tips to live a life full of good food without gaining weight...
Published 19 hours ago by Abbie Unger, Author-Looking Skyward
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Bethenny
I really wanted to think this review through. I have basically been overweight all my life. One day you would see me thin and then blow right back up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bjjoggs
2.0 out of 5 stars Love her but...
Not my favorite diet book. Good ideas but nothing that is new or earth shattering.
Published 1 month ago by Busygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Many useful tips
Published 1 month ago by Nanni Cinzia
3.0 out of 5 stars This books reads a lot like other books I've read
This books reads a lot like other books I've read. Basically, eat balanced and don't over do it. It's decent, and it was a nice reminder of what I should be doing (good for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Courtney L Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars For me, this book was life-changing.
This book really changed the way I think about my relationship with food. After reading a few chapters I began implementing these rules immediately and it's changed my life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brittney Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like the book. Easy reading.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Poeschel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Very good book. Makes a lot of sense.
Published 2 months ago by vashfo3
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Truthfully, I got a few helpful tips from this book, but it didn't really help me lose weight.
Published 2 months ago by Yaminah Williams
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