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The Skinny Rules.

June 13, 2012 by Carolina

It’s the summer & besides beach & sun that means one thing for me: No school! I like taking the summers off to give my brain a little break, allow myself to read things other than scholastic texts. Going into the summer I had a long list of what I call “dessert books” — purely for fun & enjoyment — I wanted to read including: The 50 Shades Trilogy (Done with books 1 & 2, still need to read #3), On the Island (beautiful love story), Can You Keep a Secret (currently reading, very funny) & Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules.

As you guys know I’m a Biggest Loser fan & I love me some Bob, love his energy on the show. Plus, he’s big into CrossFit & you all know how I feel about that! I was excited to read the Skinny Rules & after finishing it I’ve got to say, it did not disappoint. The book is broken up into 3 parts: The Skinny Rules, The Skinny Way & The Skinny Tools. Let’s start with the Skinny Rules…

Bob Harper gives his reader the 20 Skinny Rules (solely nutritional rules) he lives his life by. Most of them are pretty basic like eating breakfast everyday, drinking a glass of water first thing when you wake up. What I like about the rules is that they reduce a lot of the clutter you here out there cause let’s face it, when it comes to losing weight & eating healthy, there are a ton of schools out there. I like how accessible Bob Harper is making nutrition to the masses, his rules are simple & to the point. I also love that he advocates one meatless day a week & reduction of animal protein, that made my vegetarian heart happy. Also loving his concept of “Harpersizing” certain items like vegetables — eat as much as you’d like. Where’s the love button over here?!

The second part of the book is the Skinny Way, in which he explains how to apply the rules in your life. Again, this book is all about accessibility so he provides valuable resource lists to make things easier such as how to prep certain foods, which fruits & vegetables to buy organic,  etc. He also lays out a sample month menu (different for men & women since we require different caloric intake to lose weight), with several options to mix & match meals. There’s a wide variety, so it’s up to you to decide how you want to use these sample menu options to fit into your lifestyle, again, totally accessible.

The last part of the book is the Skinny Tools in which he gives several recipes for the meals listed in the Skinny Way section. There is a wide variety of recipes, most with very simple, straight forward ingredients — anyone can make these recipes! Whether you’re an experienced cook or just starting out in the kitchen, the recipes he provides are easy to follow & simple to make.

If you’re looking for guidelines on how to either lose weight, maintain or live a healthier lifestyle I recommend the Skinny Rules; it’s one of the most reader-friendly books I’ve read as far as weight goes. After reading the Skinny Rules you’ll have an arsenal to start your journey with, wherever in the journey you may be, this book is for everyone!

Have you read the Skinny Rules? Where are you in your healthy lifestyle journey? I’m currently trying to shed some pounds so this book is coming in very handy. I’m remaking my kitchen this weekend to try out the Skinny Rules & shed the last few pounds I’m looking to lose. I’m excited!


Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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