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Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting Paperback – March 10, 2009
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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 . . .
-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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Such an easy read! I love the style of writing; makes you feel like you're having a convo with B! Looking forward to trying the 10 rules and seeing how they change my life. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lauren Dauzat
This book is unoriginal and the author has admittedly struggled with eating disorders for a lot of her life. This wasn't helpful to me at all.Published 20 days ago by Alison
This is such a refreshing way to approach a healthy lifestyle. Excellent book to start living for your best self.Published 1 month ago by Tonya Neagle
I enjoyed the book. I think Bethenny is right on with the way people need to eat these days.Published 2 months ago by nikkib
Having read a ton of diet books, and gone on the diet merry-go-round my whole life, my expectations were pretty low when I bought this, but I thought I'd give it a read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sunandsurf
Great book and resource. Learned a lot about how to maintain my healthy weight and still enjoy all the great variety of foods. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anya210
Wonderful reminder of basics to keep in mind while fighting the food battle! Very helpful, I will reference this over and over!Published 4 months ago by Marc and Stacy Hughes
I love her book. Gives good common sense info. Now if I could just follow along!Published 5 months ago by uzzcari
I incorrectly assumed that since this book boasted the title of "naturally thin" it would be associated with the principles of intuitive eating. It does not at all. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sherri Arnold