The Skinny Rules by Bob Harper & Greg Critser

The Skinny Rules

By Bob Harper & Greg Critser

  • Release Date: 2012-05-15
  • Genre: Health & Fitness
Score: 4.5
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With so much conflicting weight-loss advice out there to confuse your efforts, it’s no wonder you haven’t been successful losing weight and keeping it off. But with Bob Harper, superstar trainer and co-host of NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser as your personal authority and coach, you can and will finally shed the pounds—whether you want to lose two or two hundred!
Distilling Bob’s vast knowledge of nutrition, weight-loss strategy, and human nature down to twenty simple, nonnegotiable principles, The Skinny Rules will help you step away from a reliance on processed foods and the need for so much sweet and salt and step into a newly thin lifestyle. And Bob’s methods couldn’t be more straightforward.
Taking the guesswork out of implementing the Skinny Rules, Bob offers a month’s worth of menu plans and more than 90 delicious, rule-abiding recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks to keep you cooking and eating skinny for life. You’ll be happily astounded to see the variety and volume of the tasty food on your plate! He also includes terrific tips for what to stock in your fridge and what to prepare every weekend in order to set yourself up for success during your too-busy-to-cook weekdays.
A virtual GPS to your weight-loss goals, The Skinny Rules takes the mystery out of the process, offering the fastest route to your skinny destination.
Rule #3: Eat protein at every meal, making some kind of fish your go-to protein as often as you can. Take your weight and divide it by two—that’s more or less how much protein you should be eating in grams every day.
Rule #15: Eat at least ten meals a week at home (and cook them yourself). Restaurant portions are usually 40 to 50 percent bigger than what you’d serve at home—the more you eat out, the more you overeat. Set yourself up for success by preparing my turkey meatballs, hummus, and roasted vegetables on the weekend so that you will have go-to staples and no excuses!
Rule #18: Go to bed slightly hungry. Denied fuel for more than five hours, your body will start burning its own fat and sugar. Make a point not to eat after dinner and you’ll be burning fat while you’re sleeping.
Rule #20: Enjoy a splurge meal once a week. Unlike episodic bingeing, splurge meals are an ingredient in your diet. When you plan something, you are in control.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • No-Nonsense Results

    By Etoile du Bolshoi
    Prior to finding this book at my library, I'd been bombarded by weight loss commercials, programs & other diet books. Nothing gave me what I was looking for until Bob decluttered everything. Following these rules, I lost 55 pounds over the span of two years. Now that I'm coming out of the weight loss mentality, I'd like to say thanks Bob! If you're tired of getting misinformed & receiving too many opinions, turn to this book-you can't go wrong. It really is a lifestyle transformation.
  • Awesome read to jump start skinny

    By MrzHerNanDez74
    Loved this book!!!! Will definitely recommend to my girls!
  • Amazing

    By logicofwar
    Worth reading and doing. I have lost 6 lbs in a week and a half from doing Jumpstart to Skinny and this book I am feeling so much better about my body and the things I'm cooking. Great rules and recipes, I know others who follow this will be thankful they did because its amazing what eating clean will do for your body.
  • Not practical

    By Justin Marshall
    If you live in a household with 2 working adults and children, don't bother reading this. No normal person has enough time to pull off the food prep required here.
  • The Skinny Rules

    By M. Tollman
    I have been a "career dieter" for most of my 49 years. And I have seen and heard some very good advice in this book. Having seen some crazy fad diets I think this eating life style will be wonderful. I will do some tweaking as I have Celiac disease, but for the most part this is a doable life style. I'm excited to get started.
  • Commonsense nutrition

    By Acoustic Angel
    I love this book. I have a degree in Kinesiology and have done plenty of my own research on nutrition. The rules are completely inline with everything else that I have read. The meal plans are great! This is the first nutrition plan I have been on where I feel full after every meal and stay satisfied for 4-6 hours. I would recommend this to anyone as a guidebook to healthy eating. This is a diet you can stay on indefinitely because it is commonsense nutrition and portion control, not deprivation.
  • No sugar coatings

    By Lillian Eugenio
    I have read many books on weight loss and have lost interest by the second chapter. Skinny Rules tells it like it is and why,with no exceptions. Great Book
  • Loving it!!!

    By Emily4.0
    But.... It is missing a page :(
  • Good, easy read and to follow

    By Sdallnct
    Overall good, if not great (least for me). The book is basically broken down in three parts; 1st "rules" and big picture overview. 2nd meal plans. 3rd recipes. The first section was my favorite. Providing easy to follow rules, how and why they work and suggestions for following. The other two sections while interesting, I use more as examples of the first section. I've never been one for strict "eat exactly this" type guy (and yes I've lost a lot of weight and much better shape eating regular foods). But the overall idea certainly helped me, re-focus and reinforced some things. And if you are a person struggling and don't know how to start, this book would be a good place to start. Good in that it can be done step by step, but also tells you the why's so you are gaining education. And education in health management (not just weight loss, but overall health) is like education in anything else. It is power. It is giving you tools to take action. I'm more looking to lose that last 10 lbs and fine tune my exercise and food intake (I refuse to use the term "diet"). So while beneficial, I would have like a little more of "next steps". To be clear, you get exactly what the description of the books says. And is well written and easy to read. Overall recommended.
  • Great book

    By Wendysprn
    In one day I read this book! Very easy to read. I have several food allergies and Celiac disease and I can still modify and do this diet. As I lay in bed starving, I'm hoping this book will change my life :-)