What’s good for the bitch is good for the bastard. Hundreds of thousands of women have been inspired to “use their head” and get real about the food they eat after reading the best-selling manifesto Skinny Bitch. But it turns out some men have been reading over their girlfriends’ shoulders. Professional athletes such as Milwaukee Brewers’ Prince Fielder and the Dallas Mavericks’ Jerry Stackhouse have adopted a whole new eating plan because of the book. Now authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin think it’s time for the guys to have a book of their own. In Skinny Bastard, they’ll explain why the macho “meat and potatoes” diet is total crap, why having a gut is un-cool (and a turn-off), and how to get buff on the right foods. Eating well shouldn’t be a “girlie” thing—and the Bitches will whip any man into shape with their straight-talk, sound guidance, and locker room language.
3 Stars A very mixed bag
This book is a very mixed bag with a lot of good information about the advantages of the vegan lifestyle and the evils of modern animal farms, but unfortunately it’s marred by a lack of scientific rigor and some obvious misstatements of fact that just common sense will tell you have to be false. For example, the authors state that in the 50’s the average dairy cow gave 2000 pounds of milk a year. Then they claim that today a typical dairy cow gives 50,000 pounds, for a 25-fold increase in the amount of milk, due to hormone treatments.
Just a simple calculation will show you that this is almost 1000 pounds of milk a week, from a cow that weighs at most about 1400 pounds. I quickly found a short web article on dairy cattle with stats on the five main breeds, and most of the breeds have cows that weigh considerably less than that, such as the Holsteins and the Jerseys which are only about 1100 pounds, which means a cow would have to produce almost its own weight in milk a week. This is obviously absurd and another quick search of the web showed what a more accurate figure would be, which is about 350 pounds, so this claim is off by 300%.
Unfortunately, when you encounter statements that are this far off you begin to wonder how accurate the whole book is. And when you’re calling those you don’t like various epithets (for example, they call the FDA a bunch of you know what morons) you’d better have your basic arithmetic and facts straight lest someone call you the same yourself. This book needed to be rewritten and then edited by a more objective third party or parties. As it is, it will be mainly well received by those already converted to their views. It’s unlikely to convince anyone with the ability to read even a bit critically, which is too bad, because I sympathize overall with the book’s basic message.
And despite the title, the book doesn’t have very detailed information on how actually to lose weight (except to just go on a vegan diet, which, if you’re already obese and eat beef every day, will probably work); but if you need more than such basic advice this book won’t provide that. I note the author’s degree is in holistic health, which is fine, but then nutrition is unlikely to be their strong suit since nutrition is a specialized area that you would be better served by looking at the many other excellent nutrition books and not here.
5 Stars skinny bastard
Book very well written some very eye-opening informatian about how to improve and take charge of your health- doing so is vastly superior to expecting the heath care industry and or the government to do it for you!!
1 Star Put down and run away
I was curious of this book and bought it yesterday. I’ve read the first couple chapters and I’m mad… not upset… mad about this book. I paged to the bibliography and I noticed a lot of sources around veganism which should have made me put down the book in the first place. So here we have a book for guys encouraging a vegan lifestyle- of which I don’t agree with.
A little bit about me. I’m a male nurse with a specialty in Emergency nursing and weight loss nursing. No, I do not help with gastric bypass surgery. I counsel and educated people on healthier eating and lifestyle during weight loss AND weight maintenance… which IS the healthiest way to go. A vegan lifestyle for guys who should be buff is very hard to achieve and maintain. It is very hard to get adequate protein to increase muscle mass with a vegan diet. Minimally one should have 0.8 grams protein per kilogram body weight. And if you’re trying to gain muscle… some suggest getting your ideal body weight’s (lbs)worth of protein (grams) per day. If you’re ideal weight is 170 pounds, its going to be difficult to find that in a vegan diet. That would mean “skinny” and “scrawny”, not “buff”.
So the authors definitely had an agenda for this book before they wrote it… to promote veganism for guys. Its easy to go out and search for sources to support the claim. The real work is to look at all the evidence around food, and human metabolism and make suggestions based off of OBJECTIVE data. Some of their claims I’ll agree with… like we put too much crap into our mouths and it is KILLING us.
More objective books are such..
GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES – Gary Taubes
OMNIVORE’S DILEMNA – Micheal Pollan
IN DEFENSE OF FOOD – Micheal Pollan – Youtube: look for his speech at GOOGLE headquarters- very enlightening
FOOD RULES – Micheal Pollan.
There are a lot of fad books out there and I would include this as one of them. They want to keep their success from SKINNY BITCH going, so they wrote one for guys. They don’t have your best interest in mind… just a vulgar- language, diet-fad book.
Keep your protein, carbohydrates, and fats in a balance.
Even consider an Anti-inflammation diet.
You will feel better, look better, and lose weight eating that way.
Please don’t spend your money on this book. If you have, return it if you can.
3 Stars Propaganda, but…
I was fifty-two pages deep in SKINNY BASTARD when the authors finally admitted that they were writing Vegan propaganda. Do not think this dismayed me too terribly much. I live in Los Angeles, and can’t throw a rock without pegging a Vegan right in the kisser. I’m used to Vegans, and I decided that finishing the book would allow me to give their culinary philosophy a hearing.
I won’t bore you with the story why I was curious about alternative food approaches, except to say that like everyone else born in the 70s, I grew up being bombarded with cold-blooded Food Industry and Government b.s. about the Four Food Groups and the Food Pyramid, which were designed primarily to bilk people into thinking that you needed red meat, cow milk and white bread to stay alive. As I grew older and realized the extent to which I’d been brainwashed, I cast about for a food philosophy that felt right to me – in other words, balanced health with good taste, and also addressed, at least in a token way, some of the spiritual issues raised by the animal-rights crowd. Thus, SKINNY BASTARD.
Like Dirk Benedict’s CONFESSIONS OF A KAMIKAZE COWBOY (which advocated a macrobiotic diet), this book is essentially a polemic, and I have to admit it’s a powerful one. Although there are boring passages here and there, the writing is generally terse, fast-paced, aggressive, and humorous in a very locker-room sort o’ way. The book is broken down more or less like so:
1) Why eating sugar is unhealthy.
2) Why low-carb diets don’t work.
3) Why eating animal products is unhealthy and immoral.
4) Why dairy is unhealthy and immoral.
5) Why Vegans don’t have to worry about getting enough protein
6) How the FDA, USDA, EPA, ad hoc genus, are all in bed with the dairy, cattle, poultry, pharmaceutical, etc. industries.
7) How to approach the change to veganism – pitfalls and strategies to avoid them.
Miscellaneous stuff like recipes, foods to eat, foods to avoid, and how to deal with other people threatened by your newfound Veganism.
By and large, the authors, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, make a convincing case. They point out, quite rightly, that fad diets like Atkins may cause you to lose weight, but they won’t make you healthy, and in fact may contribute to very serious health problems. They document with great exactness the deliterious effects of fast food, sugar, dairy products, and most especially animal protiens like beef, chicken, and fish, which are loaded with pesticides, steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, and assorted filth. They reiterate the oft-quoted but seldom examined fact that “we are what we eat”, and that if a person takes into their bodies things like McDonald’s, Coke, Splenda, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, hydrogenated fats, MSG, Twinkies, etc., the state of their health (and, as Benedict pointed out in CONFESSIONS, their mental and spiritual outlook as well) will reflect it. People who eat and drink crap shouldn’t be shocked when the develop diabetes, cancer, heart disease, et al – they are paying the wages of their culinary sins. The most effective part of the book, by far, however, regards the barbaric and horrible treatment of animals by the beef and poultry industries, and – surprisingly – the dairy industry as well. The section about pig slaughtering was incredibly difficult to read, even for an ex-law enforcement guy who has attended numerous autopsies. In fact, I could only get through it by reminding myself that only a complete [.....] could eat something without bearing to hear how it came to his plate.
The flaws of SKINNY BASTARD are the flaws of Veganism generally. They inveigh against processed food (in its fast-food form), but basically gloss over the fact that a Vegan diet is actually impossible without eating huge quantities of processed or tampered-with food, most notably soy-based foods like tofu, which, if overeaten, have their own cons and downsides. They insist, as Vegans, that any/all animal-based foods are evil, but their argument wavers between “it’s bad for you” and “it’s immoral” depending on the actual scientific date backing them up, which in the case of foods like honey is lacking. In addition, the authors, Freedman and Barnouin, use childish psychology on the male reader, constantly trying to equate Veganism with super-manly-man-ness (pointing out, for example, that UFC slugger Mac Danzig is a Vegan), so that we scratching, grunting, flatulence-prone apes will decide it’s cool and embrace it. But the biggest failing is their assertion that becoming a Vegan will turn a man “buff” and “ripped.” I eat frequently at Vegan restaurants in Hollywood, and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in them who isn’t flabby, sallow-skinned, and generally out of shape. Hell, I would argue that it’s easier to get fat on a Vegan diet, because of the huge variety of carb-heavy snack foods and delicious non-dairy ice creams available. You may be spiritually healthier, produce less mucus, have better breath, an unpolluted colon and a normal-sized prostate, but you won’t get “buff and ripped” by eschewing animal products – period.
I could nit-pick much more extensively, but I don’t think that would be fair, because the truth is that reading this book did indeed put me off red meat and pork to the tune of about 75 – 80%, and reminded me of what a disgusting fraud the so-called “watchdog agencies” (USDA, FDA, EPA, et al) of over government really amount to. I doubt I’ll ever go Vegan, or even vegetarian, but eating more of that type of food has opened me up to the fact that there are Vegan/veg substitutes for things like milk which are as good or better as the originals, and much healthier. That alone was worth the price of SKINNY BASTARD.
4 Stars I liked it
I really enjoyed listening to the audio and it is straight forward and to the point. Only problem was the description says it’s compatible for an MP3 format and I’ve been unable to download it apparently it has some type of protection. I wanted to be able to listen to it while working out or walking but have not been able to copy it to MP3.