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Book Review: Skinny Bastard

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Click to read some pretty funny reviews of Skinny Bastard

The full title is: Skinny Bastard: A-Kick-In-The-Ass For Real Men Who Want To Stop Being Fat And Start Getting Buff.

The full author list is: Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.

The full review is: don’t read it.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I would rather read People Magazine while Entertainment Tonight! blared in the background. For all eternity.

I wish I could be more helpful, but there is no help for it.

Josh

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  • Amy July 12, 2011, 3:31 pm

    I read their book Skinny Bitch a few years ago, after having read that book I decided I would never read another book authored by either of those women again.

  • Emily July 12, 2011, 7:40 pm

    I feel like people get oddly defensive about this book because the changes it calls for aren’t easy and it is different from what society has been led to believe.

    I follow a 95% vegan diet, and it’s nice to see plant based diets being encouraged.

    • Josh Hanagarne July 12, 2011, 7:54 pm

      Emily, I couldn’t care less if someone wants to be a vegan, or 95% of one. But to say this book “encourages” plant based diets is a bit mild. It demands it in the most shrill, thinly researched, and stupefyingly dumb way possible. The attempts at “man talk” are embarrassing and the whole thing is gimmicky. I can be reached by reasonable, persuasive arguments, whether society approves of them or not. This book doesn’t have any.

    • Christopher July 16, 2011, 2:16 pm

      Emily,

      Having actually looked through ‘skinny bitch’ to see what it was all about (I incorrectly assumed it was jumping on the “French Paradox” bandwagon), I can say my resistance to what I read was based on common sense and life experience- I’m all about challenges and agree with Mr. Hanagarne about reasoned arguments, and that book didn’t seem to have any- to me, it was marketing, pure and simple, and cruely targeted marketing at that.

      For argument’s sake, perhaps you might want to follow this link:
      http://mendaciousvegans.blogspot.com/2007/09/china-study-more-vegan-nonsense_01.html

      It’s a fairly harsh critique of the book, The China Study, which is often hailed as showing the proof of the advantages of being vegan (ironically, the book isn’t a publishing of the actual study). Unlike a lot of blog based critiques of research, this one has actual citations, and also points you in the direction of the actual findings of the study of the same name. If even half of the critique’s statements are correct (and again, he cited research and authors), then it’s pretty damning to the China Study book, and veganism in general.

      The only reason you should be plant based in your diet is because it helps you be healthy and achieve your goals in life (the whole food=fuel thing). If it does, and you are strong, vibrant and energized, I’m quite happy for you (truly, espeically as I’m in the process of cleaning up my diet to assist in getting to that state). If it doesn’t, and you are often tired, or respond poorly to stress, or get sick often (colds count), then maybe you should rethink?

      If you are an ‘ethical vegetarian’ ie, you do it to not cause pain and suffereing to animals, you might want to dig a little deeper there too. If you are grain based, fields get plowed, and lots of animals (rodents, insects, reptiles..anything that lives in or near to ground) die. Lots of them. Organic methods still kill or seriously impact populations of pest animals and insects as well.

      Am I saying don’t eat plants? Not at all. We’re omnivores by biology, and need a variety of food sources to meet our energy and body repair/functioning needs. Plants are a very important part of that, but to say that animal products are bad, bad, bad is just wrong, and to say that vegetarian/vegan is nicer to animals is making a choice to say which animals you want to be nice to. As for environmental issues, I’d encourage you to read up on intensely managed farming (grass farming is another name). Appropriately managed animal husbandry has been shown to reduce damage and rebuild ecosystems. Those farmers tend to be very ethical and kind in their treatment of their food animals, and the meat is often a lot healthier to eat. While it’s more of an essay than a full research book, the Omnivore’s Dilema is a good place to start.

  • Andrew Hamblin July 13, 2011, 11:45 am

    So what book, blog, or tips would you recommend for someone trying to lose a large amount of weight?

  • Natalie July 15, 2011, 4:46 am

    I guess this is one book I should be avoiding, was it really that bad?