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

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From four-time New York Times bestselling author Bethenny Frankel, the book that started it all: Naturally Thin. Bethenny Frankel, talk show host, “Queen of Cocktails,” and “Mommy Mogul” has always had a passion for preparing and enjoying healthful, natural foods and sharing that love.

The New York Times bestseller Naturally Thin shows how anyone can banish their Heavy Habi
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Touchstone (first published March 3rd 2009)
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Maybe when a lot of people see the cover of this book, their first instinct is something like Emmett’s concerns from that conversation in the awesome movie that encouraged so many of us girls to go to law school, Legally Blonde:

Emmett: She seems completely untrustworthy to me.
Elle: Why?
Emmett: This is a person who's made her living . . . by telling women that they're too fat.
Elle: Brooke would never tell a woman she was too fat.
Emmett: And she seems like she's hiding something.
Elle: Maybe it's n
I found this book an interesting read. On the one hand, a lot of what Bethenny says makes sense - stop eating when you're full. Listen to your body's hunger signals. Eat more vegetables and less refined sugar. Make the best choice possible. Two of her eating tips in particular resonated with me - treating your diet like a bank balance - if you have a huge lunch, don't have a huge dinner - and you can have it all, just not at once - so don't have a big dinner, wine AND dessert, pick the one you w ...more
This book was kind of a mixed bag. The first half, in which Bethenny talks about her 10 rules for living naturally thin, was great. I think her rules make a lot of sense and are some great tennents to live by. They're all about keeping your food choices in balancing, watching your portion sizes, and not eating just for the sake of eating. Made a lot of sense.

The second half of the book, in which she takes you through a week of eating to be naturally thin, I didn't love as much. The sections in w
This book changed my life! I got rid of Weight Watchers, got rid of the baggage, and got rid of 12 lbs in the first 6 weeks I started following the book's advice. It may have come at the right time for me, but it did what no other diet book did - it worked, and it was (for the most part) painless. The author tells it like it is, and its like getting advice from a friend that understands where you're coming from, not a doctor or scientist with some ideal way of eating.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This book sucks. It's all common sense written in a way to make you feel like you have no common sense. She says everyone is naturally thin, but the book is written from a perspective of someone who is really naturally thin and thinks that everyone who is fat chooses to be (in some ways that's true), and is written in a very condescending way. The point of diminishing taste, or whatever it is: take only 3 bites of the steak because that's when it'll stop tasting as good? What if my whole dam ste ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am always interested in health, nutrition and fitness so I wanted to read this book and see what concepts were inside. I read "French Women Don't Get Fat" and thought it had some great concepts so I wanted to compare. Out of the two books, I thought that "French Women Don't Get Fat" was better written. There were some typos in this book that annoyed me (for example: spelling sugar "sguar"---hello editor!) Overall, there were some concepts that I thought were interesting but nothing that was re ...more
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diet-nutrition
I finished this book in a day -- obviously a cry for help on my part. My first response was "wow, I just spent $16 on a book that says eat less". Duh! However, as I got on with it, some of Frankel's tips are really good -- mostly the one that encourages you to pay attention to what you are doing with your eating. She also trivializes food -- "it is just food" which, in my case is good -- puts things into perspective. I haven't committed to memory all of her rules but two or three that I find ver ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time reading this book and it is still amazing! What a great point of view and added support in the journey to having a better relationship with food.
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I'm pretty embarrassed to admit I've read this. But, alas, I have. I've never had a weight problem but I do love Bethenny and her show (blushing hard now) and wanted to see what the buzz is about. Many of the things she said to practice I already do. I'm definitely of the "nothing is off limits, just eat in moderation" camp and the whole concept of just getting a small cup of soup/salad and then sharing with others is something I do all the time (I'm famous for making my kids get fries so I can ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
boderline irresponsible in its writing - i'm almost embarrased to admit i read it but if i can save someone else the $12 its worth it. it may be how she stays thin (skipping meals, downing "herbal" drinks, whacked out toddler size portions and alcohol 3 - 4 times a week) but i would love to see a dietician's review. advice is overly simplistic and never specifically tells you how to really do anything. because naturally thin people dont think about it, she says. eat less, move more. take care of ...more
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite frankly, this book gives much of the same advice as French Women Don't Get Fat just with a different voice and a less keen copy editor. I know that editing a book is tough work, but failing to include a day's meal and allowing "turn the television of" and "sguar" to slip made it difficult for me to see this as anything other than a rush-job book to capitalize on the Frankel's popularity courtesy of the Real Housewives of New York City.

Frankel's book is in the same chatty vein as Skinny Bi
Amy Hillis
I've been reading this on my iPhone/Kindle and it's the perfect book for that - especially when you are waiting in the restaurant to be seated for dinner. :) The author's writing style is self-deprecating, approachable, honest and enjoyable - and she is not rabid about weight loss and health success. Her tips are reasonable and her common sensical approach is refreshing.

This book is definitely more of a "check-it-outer" than a "buy-it-nower." Borrow it from a friend - read it in a day - take the
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read tons of fitness/diet books b/c that's what I studied in school and I love learning new things and it's interesting to me. This is my favorite book that I've read in a long time as far as nutritional advice goes. Why? She doesn't recommend dieting, cutting calories or food groups, or having to change your entire life to reach your goal. She gives tips and guidelines to be healthy for life while still losing weight. I love her sense of humor in the book and there are also tons of great heal ...more
Apr 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Such a waste except for a few decent recipes and a couple of tips. Basically, the message is "Don't eat". Hello. No new news here. But seriously, one thing I did get out of it (which is common sense but I don't always think about it) is that if you eat a carb based breakfast like a bagel, then don't do a sandwich for lunch. Balance what you eat. So Frankel does have some wisdom to share; however, reading her 3-week daily food intake at the back of the book kills any credibility when you see that ...more
Rhonda Browning White
Some great recipes in this one. I find some of Frankel's suggestions a little hard to swallow . . . likely because I love to eat so much, but several of her suggestions clicked with me. I'm eating a little bit healthier, thanks to this book. I don't expect to become "Naturally Thin," but if I improve my health one iota and feel better because of it, it'll be worth the time spent reading.

I'd recommend it.

I'll be saving this one with my recipe books.
Ansie Sevenster
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She spells out certain things I did not know, very straight forward advice, no nonsense. This I like. Sometimes repeats herself, this is a bit annoying...
Aug 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Real Housewives of NYC, so I thought I would buy her book. Big mistake. She is suggesting an eating disorder. I am not kidding.
Jessica Deany
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listening to this for a second time, confirms so much of what I believe about eating and food. I will probably read it in the future again when I want a mindset refresher.
Her advice boils down to eat what you truly enjoy, but eat less (and by less, she means ridiculously little) of everything. Also, practice balance throughout the day (portion sizes, carbs, protein). The book is structured in two parts. The first is the 'rules', and the second is an example of how they can be implemented, including a three week chart of Bethenny's meals.

I was extremely disappointed by the writing. I admit I watched and enjoyed The Real Housewives of New York City. (These women sh
I would say if you like Bethenny then you'll like this book. If you don't like Bethenny, then you won't like it. She writes just like she speaks. She's very matter of fact and I like that but not everyone will. She's also very repetitive. Again, I didn't mind it because she was kind of hammering home her 10 rules and reminding me of them along the way. Some people might not like that.

She's not really saying anything new or groundbreaking. She's just taking what has worked for her and trying to o
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I found this book REALLY interesting. I went into it a bit skeptical because Bethenny is so thin that I wondered what she would really know about dieting. There were times when she would write "this is not a diet" or "don't follow a diet" and then I would read her rules and think "but you are basically describing a diet of sorts". I think how you look at the 10 "rules" or "guidelines" will judge whether you consider this a diet book or just a lifestyle book. However, the 10 rules were INCREDIBLE ...more
For those of you searching for your next diet plan book, turn back, because you won't find it here! However, if you are intrigued by Bethenny Frankel as a personality or by her attitudes and philosophies regarding food and health, that's what you'll get with this book. I decided to read this one because I've been a fan of Bethenny since she first appeared on the Real Housewives of New York on Bravo, and I also wanted to find out if she had some sort of 'miracle mindset' when it came to eating an ...more
Emily Crow
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthy-quest
There are thousands of diet books out there, and I've read a great deal of them, or at least skimmed through. People are so desperate on this topic. I'm actually not sure why I enjoy this topic so much, except that I am always interested in healthy eating and improving the appalling quality of the "Standard American Diet." My habits could use a lot of improving, to be honest. But--and I don't mean this is a snotty way--I actually am naturally thin already. Alas, "thin" does not mean healthy.

So w
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
I am reading through diet/cookbooks to help me get inspired as I try to change my eating habits and I have to say this book was fun to read and quite funny to think of putting into practice. This is exactly what you think it would be if you watch Real Housewives. So, Bethenny's advice, or what I took from this book? Well, it's okay to drink and eat ice cream and lick off frosting on HER cupcakes from HER brand, as long as you don't really eat anything else. Well, unless it's on someone else's pl ...more
Kitten Kisser
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holistic
This is easy enough to sum up. Don't over eat. Stop eating when you are no longer hungry. Be mindful of your food. Slow down when you eat, your food isn't going anywhere. If you have a craving make yourself wait & if you still want it, have it in moderation. Eat organic when possible. Don't eat processed foods.

That is the book along with some recipes at the end of each chapter. Some of the recipes are pretty good. I like that & the encouragement to eat organic non processed foods as well
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to meet Bethenny and the other housewives at her book signing for this book. I adore Bethenny and the show and the book is just as entertaining. Her wit and humor definitely shine through and it was able to hold my attention throughout the whole book, which I often find is hard with self-help books. I like her ideas about eating, though I am not quite sure they are always do-able. I'm not someone to buy a piece of cake to only have two bites of it. If I buy it I am most likely ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, self-help
I'm embarrassed to admit that for some reason, I am a fan of Bethenny. I'm not saying that I agree with everything she does with her life, but there is something about her I can relate to.

After reading the reviews on here, I decided to just skim the book after I had read the first four rules. Bethenny gives sound advice in the first half of the book. I'll make her 10 rules work for me and I hope to see some results. They really are common sense rules. I like that she says that you should eat wh
Aug 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like to read about cooking
This book was pretty decent considering the fact that I read it because the author appeared on a Bravo reality show! But when I read the author's bio, I saw that she does have a background in health and nutrition. Aside from a few typos (at one point she used the word intimated to mean intimidated) I thought the book was very sensible and I have already started to incorporate some of her tips into my life. Like a lot of people I struggle with keeping my weight to where it should be yet I eat a b ...more
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most realistic "diet" (because Frankel claims this isn't a diet) books I've read. The best thing about this plan is that it can be used in conjunction with any other diet. If you like to eat meat, you can do this. If you are the strictest vegan, you can do it as well.

The first part of the book explains Frankel's 10 rules to live by, with a chapter dedicated to each rule. Part 2 actually goes through a week on Frankel's plan. This part actually gets pretty repetitive and repea
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I recently read Bethenny's latest books and found myself surprisingly enjoying them. They're not literary masterpieces or anything, but I like her voice and the way she tells stories. Both books mentioned this book many times and it made me curious about it and her "naturally thin" philosophy.

This was an interesting read, because her 10 rules are so simple and yet people don't usually think of them. I already eat some of the ways she suggested (nothing is off-limits if you use portion control,
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