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
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
1 Star Put down and run away
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..
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.
Please don’t spend your money on this book. If you have, return it if you can.
3 Stars Propaganda, but…
1) Why eating sugar is unhealthy.
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.
4 Stars I liked it