We couldn’t do Bob Harper Week without reviewing at least a couple of Bob’s latest projects. And, man, has Bob been busy! Besides his online training club that you saw snippets of yesterday (which we’ll also be reviewing and doing a giveaway of on Friday), Bob wrote a book! The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin is a whole darn-near 300 pages of healthy living and weight-loss advice from a guy who clearly knows his stuff.
On the three-hour-plus flight out to LA to work out with Bob, I simply devoured this book. I read and review a lot of diet books for the site, but this one really stood out—and not just because I’m a touch infatuated with all things Bob. This book was simple and to the point—and yet, without being confusing or overwhelming, it gave real information, research studies and evidence to back up its recommendations. Rarely do I find a book that strikes a balance between being in-depth enough but not too in-depth, so that was super nice. Also, the whole tone of The Skinny Rules is kind of like talking to Bob—some parts are funny, some are motivational, some are serious and some just tell it like it is. Love!
The book is divided into three parts: The Skinny Rules (how to eat), The Skinny Way (meal plans) and The Skinny Tools (recipes and resources). While most diet books have meal plans and recipes, the 20 non-negotiable Skinny Rules are what set this diet book apart. With no ifs, ands and buts, Bob says that if you follow these rules—don’t drink your calories, eat protein at every meal, eat at least 10 meals a week at home, etc.—you will lose weight and keep it off. And for almost all of them, I totally agree. A few of The Skinny Rules made me wrinkle up my nose a bit—namely going to bed slightly hungry and planning one splurge meal a week—but it’s not because I don’t think those things can work; it’s just that they slightly differ from the FBG way of life of all good things in moderation. But ALL of the other rules like eating a good breakfast, getting a handle on your portion sizes and eating apples and berries every single day? Um, yes, yes, YES!
The fit bottomed line: If you love Bob, want to get healthy or have a hunger for eating right, The Skinny Rules is a for-sure read. It’s definitely one I’ll keep on my bookshelf and refer to time and time again. (Even if it is just to gaze at his blue eyes on the cover…)
Want to win a freakin’ SIGNED copy of this book? Share this post in some way—in a Tweet, Facebook update, Pinterest pin, Instagram photo, email, whatever—and then leave a comment with how you shared it and why you love Bob, and we’ll select one lucky U.S. reader to win it in about a week! Good luck, our dear Bob lovers! —Jenn