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The Promise

Drop all animal products, plus a few other things from your diet, and get a great-looking bod and better health. That’s the plan laid out in the best-selling book Skinny Bitch.

Co-authors/modeling industry vets Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin don't offer specifics about how many pounds you'll lose or how long it will take. They simply note that you'll get slim if you adopt their "way of life."

They say that the massive changes you’ll likely need to make with this diet are worth it -- for the sake of your health and waistline, and the well-being of animals. But don't expect to be coddled while making the transition.

They take tough love to the extreme. Anticipate lots of four-letter words, graphic descriptions of animal processing, and little sympathy for any beliefs that conflict with theirs (which are sometimes outside the mainstream).

Does It Work?

Follow their plan and you’ll likely be eating a lot fewer calories than you do today. Very low-calorie diets tend to result in weight loss. But can you stick with it, and will it meet your nutritional needs?

Research has shown that vegans tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than meat-eaters. And at least one study found that people who ate a vegan diet lost significantly more weight than those who followed a low-fat diet that incorporated animal products.

If you decide to go vegan, make sure you get adequate protein, calcium, and other important nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, and zinc. A registered dietitian can help you with a full plan. As a start, non-dairy sources of calcium include bok choy and fortified soy milk. Tofu and beans are good vegan sources of protein.

The authors also recommend fasts and cleanses, which mainstream medical experts warn against.

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