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About the Author

Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, counsels individual and corporate clients on good nutrition through her company, Creative Nutrition Solutions. She has been featured on CNN and in national magazines like Fitness, Shape, Women’s Health and many more. Visit her at www.mollymorganrd.com.

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I was writing this book at the most ironic point in my life. To make a long story short, I signed the publishing contract when our second son was only three weeks old, at a time when most women feel the furthest thing from "Skinny." Which brings me to my first point—what does it mean to be Skinny? Society has defined Skinny as what size clothes you wear and how you look in them. The medical community defines Skinny by your body mass index (BMI)—the ratio of your height to your weight. And the dictionary defines Skinny as: being thin.

Yet, as a nutrition expert, I have my own definition of Skinny. I believe that Skinny is actually defined by the lifestyle you lead and not by the size clothes you wear. Let's say your BMI is in a "healthy range" and you appear visibly thin—does this mean you are healthy? I say maybe. If you are eating well, exercising and taking care of your body then, yes, this is living a healthy Skinny life. If you are filling your body with garbage foods, smoking, and are inactive then, no, even if you appear Skinny, you aren't living a Skinny life! My goal is to challenge you to think of Skinny in a new way—think of it as living a healthy and active life, rather than defining Skinny simply by the size clothes you wear.

Now take a moment and ask yourself who are you trying to be "Skinny" for? Here is a piece of advice that I love. It comes from Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser, who told www.fitnessmagazine.com, "Do it for yourself! If you're trying to lose weight for your husband or mother, it won't work." If you are trying to change your lifestyle for someone else, you aren't going to have the true motivation you need to change. Challenge yourself to change

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892280
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Varraso VINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
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There isn't a whole lot of new information in here, but the book is a nicely written reminder of all the little things you need to know to lose weight and keep it off.

Eat fruits and veggies instead of the stuff you really want? check.
Exercise is what keeps weight off? check.
Shop around the perimeter of the supermarket? check.
Buy staples instead of processed food, which has fewer nutrients than plain stuff? check.
Eat a tiny amount of some food you crave, rather than binging? check.

See what I mean? It's a nice book, well written and a great size; perfect for tucking in a purse and reading in bits and pieces when you have time. It's also great for that little bit of support when you feel like having a double ice cream cone or something good.
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My expectations weren't terribly high for this little book, so I guess it was a pleasant surprise. I like that the author suggests taking a choose your own adventure tactic to utilize the rules. I think this is encouraging for people because it allows them to pick up a few small changes at a time or to just do a total lifestyle overhaul.
Since this is a "rule" book, I think it may be easier to do a pro/con list instead of writing out a long-winded review, so here goes:

PROS:
*written in a friendly, conversational style

*different suggestions on how to accomplish the same goals. For instance, when it comes to exercise, if you hate running or the gym don't force yourself to do them. Find something you love and do that.

*a very quick read (it took me less than a day)

*organized into sections: Surprising Rules (which are the ones I found most helpful overall), Fitness, Foods, Cooking, Eating out, and Fashion.

*a focus on overall health, not just a pants size or number on the scale

*a realistic focus on treating yourself and making compromises when necessary

CONS
*I knew it was coming, but I began ignoring the word "Skinny" because it is used so much. I think this chips away at the message of overall health-saying "don't worry about size" and then throwing such an emotionally charged word around really makes the focus on being small. (In her defense, I'm pretty sure another "Skinny" book does this, too)

*Some of the data are unbelievable. One example that stands out is the section on "bites, licks, and tastes" which warns how all of those calories add up...a "lick" of peanut butter is cited at 167 calories. I checked my PB label and there are 190 calories in an entire 2T serving.
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At first, I was suspicious. Wouldn't this book be just another rehash of things I've read time and time again? Yes, and no. The book is written not from the perspective of how one should look, but rather, how one should LIVE. 100 rules are divided into seven chapters, with a final chapter devoted to the last rule. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of a woman's life, and how she can make choices that lead to a healthy, and skinny, lifestyle.

The Skinny Rules is neither preachy nor condescending, instead, it reads like notes from your best girlfriend with the killer figure who is sharing her secrets. While reading, I wanted to go take a walk with author Molly Morgan.

If you want a hardcore, lose weight fast book, this isn't for you. But, if you want to learn how to change into a healthy lifestyle, and make healthy habits a part of your routine, definitely get yourself a copy of The Skinny Rules.
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Nothing new in this little book. The 101 Skinny Rules can be reduced to the 5 Skinny Rules:

1. Eat less
2. Eat healthier
3. Exercise
4. Like yourself
5. Dress to hide your flaws

DUH. And 5 rules are a lot easier to remember.

The marketing blurb led me to believe that the author had interviewed/researched naturally thin people and figured out how they do it. I have several relatives who never diet and are beautifully trim. I wanted to know how THOSE people do it - what they eat and don't eat, what they naturally avoid, or incorporate into their lives. It can't JUST be metabolism...

But this is just another "do the right thing" book for people who are trying to lose weight and keep it off. There are a lot of better books on the subject. Jorge Cruise's books come instantly to mind, like 8 Minutes in the Morning: A Simple Way to Shed Up to 2 Pounds a Week -- Guaranteed

Nothing earth-shaking, nothing original.
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"The Skinny Rules" is a nifty little collection of 101 tips on getting to and remaining, "skinny," although the rules apply to everyone. It's a nice book to have around when you want a little inspiration. I'm not wild about the sections about the sections on "Skinny Parties" and "Skinny Fashion," as I think most of us know that horizontal stripes make you look wider and vertical stripes make you look taller and thinner. I think my favorite two tips are the following: "Think about what you must eat," and "Get your three every day."

The first one "Think about what you must eat" refers to making sure you get enough of what you need to eat every day. To paraphrase the author, it's not about what you take out of your diet, but rather what you add in. Enough grains, enough fruit and vegetables, enough monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), enough dairy, enough protein. If you start from zero, you'll find there's a lot to add in. Whenever I go back to my serious diet, I have to remember all over again just exactly how much food is required. And, yes, I do measure out one-ounce snack packs of dry-roasted, lighty-salted peanuts (important for getting the MUFAs, along with avocados), usually about seven days in advance. Which brings us to measuring. If you don't already have a kitchen scale, buy one. You don't have to spend a lot of money, and you certainly don't need to go digital. Get a nice simple scale with a separate bowl. You can measure things in the bowl or take the bowl off, put on whatever you want to measure in (like, say, a measuring cup or a snack bag), reset the scale to "0" and then add your ingredients. Although the author of "The Skinny Rules" quotes Lisa Young's book, "
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