In this New York Times Bestseller, natural food chef Bethenny Frankel provides ten basic rules that will help you lose weight and become naturally thin and unleash your inner skinnygirl. If you have seen Bethenny on the Real Housewives of New York, or on Martha Stewart’s Apprentice, or Bethenny Getting Married on Bravo – then you know what to expect. If you have not seen her on television, or youtube, you will learn to love her while reading this book. By revealing her own struggles with weight, Bethenny becomes more relateable to the reader.
Bethenny Frankel encourages women everywhere to unleash the skinnygirl within, merely by following her ten simple rules. If you’ve grown to love Bethenny on the Real Housewives of New York, or the Apprentice, you will enjoy this book, even if you don’t want to lose weight.
While reading the book, Bethenny’s voice clearly comes through as though she’s doing a confessional on a reality tv show. Her acerbic with and charm separate this book from other weight loss books. She also includes some of the recipes that have been featured on Real Housewives of New York, and throws in some new ones.
In a departure from many weight loss books, Bethenny addresses the challenges of living life. She provides strategies for dealing with meals out, and eating with friends. Rather than telling you to give up alcohol she acknowledges that drinks with friends is an enjoyable part of life – then she gives great advice for ordering the best drink for weight loss.
Rather than focusing on counting anything – carbs, calories, points, this book focuses on balance. If you follow Bethenny’s rules, you can give up counting forever, as long as you take a balanced approach to eating. The only time math comes into play is in some of the recipes. This book provides a realistic way for women to unleash their inner skinnygirl.
At the end of the book, Bethenny also includes a sample of what she really ate and drank for several days. She admits that she is human and not perfect, and her food diary reflects that reality. Considering Bethenny has been a break out reality TV star, it is unsurprising that she provides her authentic and real diary. The authenticity makes her more relatable to the reader.
Although her target audience is women trying to unleash their inner skinnygirl, I’m sure there are men who have borrowed their woman’s copy or are secretly reading this on their kindle. Her rules will help men keep their weight in line too, and help parents create reasonable portions for their children and plan balanced meals. This book is a quick and enjoyable read. If you follow Bethenny’s rules, you will unleash your inner skinnygirl and lose weight with very little effort.