Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting

Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting

Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting

She stole the show in the runaway hit The Real Housewives of New York City, but Bethenny Frankel’s passion has always been enjoying healthful, natural foods and sharing that love: whether she was cooking for Hollywood A-listers, launching her successful company BethennyBakes, providing delicious recipes to Health, or working with leading lifestyle and food companies.

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, readers 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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3 Responses to Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting

  • Kirsten says:
    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    BEST “DIET” BOOK I’VE EVER READ. Finished it 3 days ago, already lost 4 lbs!, June 2, 2013
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    Kirsten (Virginia Beach, VA) –

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    This review is from: Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting (Paperback)

    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.” I began to read Part I and couldn’t put it down! I’ve read Part I twice, and even took notes on what really struck a chord with me. This book, in four days, has completely changed the way I look at food. I sincerely never expected this. I’ve lost 4 pounds in three days–this, with my still-uncontrolled hypothyroid issues, is unheard of!

    Some of the Ten Rules she gives are sort of redundant, but here are the ideas, in summary, that have primarily led to a complete revolution in my thinking about food:

    1) She talks about “The Law of Diminishing Returns” when eating–especially something not necessarily good for you, but that you enjoy. Anyone familiar with economics understands what diminishing returns means in business, but with eating, it comes down to this: the first bite you eat will be phenomenal. But have you ever noticed after a few bites, much of the enjoyment is gone? THAT is when Frankel recommends you stop eating it. Why waste calories on something of which you aren’t getting maximum enjoyment?

    I have seen some comments here that state Frankel tells you to “eat only three bites and stop.” To put it bluntly, that’s not true. She states that for her, usually after three bites she notices she no longer enjoys something enough to finish eating it. She ALSO says that if you really never get to that point, then eat it if you want–you are in control. Just make up for your splurge somewhere else.

    2) BALANCE your diet: she gives ideas for what you want to look for in meals if you’ve already had, say, high-carb or high-sugar items in your meal. She never tells you WHAT to eat, just how to balance your daily intake.

    3) You don’t have to clean your plate! I never realized how this impacted my thinking until I read this book. This, combined with the Law of Diminishing Returns has given me so much strength in being able to resist foods in quantities I’d otherwise eat them. For example, if hubby makes me a sandwich, I no longer feel like I have to eat the whole thing if I stop enjoying it after eating half. With this in mind, I’ve noticed I’m eating much less. I just offer the rest to my kids, and if they don’t want it, the dogs get it.

    4) ENJOY your food. Slow down and taste it. Really pay attention to the flavors. Savor it. Not only is it good for digestion, your body can tell you much sooner when you are full. Also, you’ll notice that Law of Diminishing Returns kick in. I’ve used this law to great success: An example: I LOVE Starbursts. At night, if we have any, I’d probably have twenty of them after dinner before realizing what I’d done. Last night, I decided to bite them into small bites, suck on them and really just enjoy the taste. I had THREE, and shared the rest with my kids. I was so proud of myself!

    Let me be clear: THIS IS NOT A DIET BOOK. This is a book about how to break free from your compulsion to eat, your unhealthy relationship with food, your self-sabotaging diet, etc. Frankel NEVER tells you what to eat in Part I (though she offers lots of great ideas in Part II, apparently). She doesn’t chastise you for eating things you…

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  • justashopper says:
    44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It works! Very natural approach to eating…, August 1, 2011
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    justashopper (So Cal) –

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    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. Dinner was a baked breaded fish filet and tomato slices. And for dessert, half a slice of fresh homemade brownie and a glass of champagne. To me, this works and just feels like a natural way to eat. Before reading this book, I would think tacos and brownies were off limits, and would consider them a cheat meal and when I cheated I would have the full taco dinner, with the rice and the beans and a full basket of chips and salsa. This program prevents me from overdoing it, but I can still go out to restaurants and eat normal things.

    And for those complaining about the suggested portion sizes, unfortunately you can’t expect to have a big slab of steak or a giant plate of pasta, and a huge slice of cheesecake whenever you want and still lose weight. It’s just not possible. This is like every other diet book in telling you to eat healthful things like lean protein and veggies and good carbs. But where it differs is that it says to eat those things but if you feel like mac n cheese or fries, go ahead and have a few bites of that too. And it works, because your will power isn’t tested, and having a few bites of unhealthy things isn’t going to derail you.

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  • Deanna in Cali "DJ" says:
    221 of 223 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
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    Deanna in Cali “DJ” (California) –

    This review is from: Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting (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. As I always say “Woman shall not live on rice cakes alone”.

    – Requires you to eat mindfully. Years of dieting can cause people to forget how to listen to their bodies. Getting re-familiar with hunger and fullness is important and can help you eat the proper amount of calories for YOUR body, as opposed to how much your friends/husband/kid/neighbor eats.

    – Bethanny shows you a sample of what she eats in a given week/weeks. It’s a good example of a balance of healthy foods and less healthy ones.

    – There is freedom is not being on a “diet” and not having to cut out any food altogether.

    Cons:

    – For those of us who have struggled with our weight for years, and especially people like me who battle binge eating, the concept of having say, 3 bites of a brownie is almost laughable. After all, if we had the restraint and discipline to stop at a half a bagel, we probably woulnd’t be heavy to begin with. I imagine leaving some (or most!) of your food on the plate is something that would require LOTS of practice.

    – She oversimplfies the impact of emotional eating and throws out only one brief sentence about getting professional help if you binge eat. This is CRUCIAL because if you are not in a sound place emotionally and psychologcially, all the other advice in the book becomes a moot point. It’s almost impossible to take a balanced approach to eating if you’re a wreck on the inside.

    – This was the biggie for me, and the main reason [I think] why people cry anorexia over this book: Bethanny’s food journal. While it’s a good mix of healthier foods and treat foods, she doesn’t eat anywhere CLOSE to a healthy amount of calories for a grown woman. My three year old neice quite likely consumes more calories than Bethanny does. Now I’m sure being in the public eye means that Bethanny is under pressure to be a few sizes smaller than the average [healthy] woman because well, thin is in, and the camera adds ten pounds. But the average woman reading this book is likely not an aspiring reality star, model or actress and doesn’t need to subsist on merely the amount of food that falls off the table at a small dinner party.

    My advice/verdict/summary? Fill up on healthy food, top it off with a few bites of the more indulgent stuff, be active as much as your schedule allows, and seek help if your emotions are getting in the way of making better choices for your body.

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