The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper

The Skinny RulesBob Harper is known to millions because of his role as one of the fitness trainers on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” And yes, I like the show and I’ve always liked Bob Harper and his philosophies on eating, weight loss, and health. I found “The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to THIN” to be a practical set of rules and recipes to help people wanting to lose weight get their eating under control, and as a book to assist anyone with consuming a more healthy diet.

I don’t necessarily agree with Harper that the rules are nonnegotiable, because everything is negotiable, but I understand where he is coming from with people that need to lose a lot of excess bodyfat. He even agrees that once a person has achieved a desired bodyfat level and weight, it is easier to be a bit more flexible. Personally, while I do like the book, and agree with many of the rules, I don’t strictly follow them all. However, I’m not necessarily in the target market this book is aimed at. And I fully recognize that some of the eating choices I make are not the healthiest. And I’m okay with that.

The first part of the book contains 20 rules to follow when eating. These are basic, and some common sense, but common sense is not commonly practiced. Rules include things such as drinking a large glass of water before every meal, reducing intake of refined flour and grains, eating 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day, learning to read food labels, and eating more vegetables. All of the rules are simple, and Harper does a good job of succinctly describing why the rule is important to follow.

The second part of the book contains sample menus to help you get started. This is for those who need to lose weight and want to go on a stricter diet do lose those initial pounds. These sample diets also provide an idea of how Harper teaches people who want to lose bodyfat to eat. There are four weeks of menus.

Part three of the book contains recipes that Harper recommends to use to help you follow his program and rules. I haven’t yet tried these in the kitchen, but admit some of the dishes look on paper like they will taste pretty good. I do plan on trying some of them out.

I’ve always liked that Harper is motivating and encouraging on “The Biggest Loser,” and that comes through in this book as well. If you are looking for a quick read on some strategies, or rules, that will help you eat healthy and especially help lose excess bodyfat, combined with sample menus and recipes, check out Bob Harper’s “The Skinny Rules.”

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