The Skinny Rules… Are you Freaking Kidding Me?

I hesitated in writing this post. I came across Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules on Pinterest, and thought, surley no one could actually believe that these are rules they should be following?

 

But then I thought, when I was 13 years old I would have took these rules for law. These rules would have been my bible, and I would have followed every one to a T. That being said, when I was deep in my eating disorder I did follow these insane rules and MORE. And you know what happened? I lost weight I did not even have to lose. My hair started falling out, I had no energy, my butt and back bones were so exposed that I got bruises from sitting… The list goes on.

Today I wanted to destroy some of these “rules.” I want someone to read this post and know that these rules are NOT okay. They are incredibly unhealthy and should be banned from the internet.

Some of the Most F***ed Up “Rules” On the Internet

Drink a large glass of water before every meal- no exceptions.

Okay water is good, water is essential, I drink at least a galloon a day myself. But before every meal? No exceptions? Umm no, drink when you are thirsty and your body will tell you how much you need to stay hydrated.

Don’t drink your calories

Ever heard of a glass of milk full of calcium and vitamin D? Or a protein shake post workout to give your body the energy it needs to recover? Or a fun latte at Starbucks with a friend? Ya, all those things are incredibly healthy in their own way.

Eat Protein at EVERY Meal -or stay hungry & grouchy!

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While protein does help keep you satiated, and I do agree you should have protein at every meal, there shouldn’t be this much pressure.

Slash Your Intake of Refined Flours & Grains

I eat white rice almost every single day. It is a fast digesting carb to refuel your body. And everything in moderation folks!

Eat 30-50 grams of FIBER per day!

The recommendation is  28-30 grams a day. And 50 grams? Prepare to be very bloated and constipated.

Eat Apples & Berries Every single day- Yes, EVERY-SINGLE-DAY!

There are plenty of other delicious fruits out there. How about a banana or some melon? Maybe I don’t want berries every freaking day.

NO Carbs after Lunch

needs carbs

Just NO. Carbs are the body’s primary source of energy. Unless you want to be a tired, hangry biatch… don’t do this.

Stop Guessing about Portion Size & Get it Right-for good!

This-screw you serving size

No more added sweeteners-including artificial ones!

I agree we should avoid too much artificial sugar, but eliminating anything completely can lead to an unhealthy attitude toward food.

Get rid of White potatoes!

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Why? They are just as good for you as any other potato.

Get rid of Fast foods & fried foods

Eating these things once in a while won’t kill you.

Banish High Salt Foods

You need sodium to live. Too little electrolytes will send your body into shock. Don’t poor the whole salt shaker on your food, but don’t be afraid of poor old salt.

Go to bed hungry

LMAO, I average about 500 calories right before bed every night, and I am doing just fine. Personally I would be up all night with hunger pains if I didn’t eat right before bed. Your body is not a clock, so freaking eat when you’re hungry!

Plan one splurge MEAL per week

I do not believe in “cheat” meals or “splurges.” Food is food, using these words to describe it make food seem like it is either good or bad. Food just is, that cookie won’t kill you, and the carrot stick won’t make you a Saint.

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I would love to hear your thoughts on these “rules” and other insane nutrition and health myths!

Note: I am not a registered dietitian. This is what I do know about proper nutrition and this post reflects my opinions on health and wellness.

13 thoughts on “The Skinny Rules… Are you Freaking Kidding Me?

  1. Kat says:

    I actually adore Bob Harper but seeing as how he’s from The Biggest Loser, I can see why he thinks these tricks would work for everyone. Maybe in the case of the Biggest Loser contestants this stuff works but I agree with you – definitely not for your average person looking to get healthy!
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    • sarah4rdfl@gmail.com says:

      Hey Kat thanks for reading! I think some of things he mentions in his “rules” are good, for example getting enough sleep, eating veggies, drinking enough water and knowing what is in your food and learning correct portion sizes. I guess it gets tricky when these tips are looked at as ultimatums with the connotation of “you must.” You’re right maybe for a very beginner these could be helpful, but like I said I hope people know these aren’t do or die laws!

    • sarah4rdfl@gmail.com says:

      It is so sad knowing that there are people that suffer every day living by diet and nutrition rules, and many of them not backed by science. It seems to me that so many “nutrition gurus” and programs are only interested in making a profit and they could care less about their clients health – physical, mental or emotional!

  2. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar says:

    A) I absolutely adore this post and B) This bullshit makes me so angry and C) I absolutely love your sass. Go to bed hungry? That’s a rule? If I go to bed hungry, I wake up at 3:00am crazy hungry–call that “healthy”?
    Also, white potatoes have like half your daily vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, fiber, and more. Thanks for defending the potato!
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  3. Victoria says:

    OMGOODNESS those rules are SO STUPID!!! As a dietitian these rules literally make me mad. How about you shouldn’t chug water before meals because it can mess with the digestion process, apples and berries are not in season every day, white potatoes are legit the best source of potassium you can find, eating carbohydrates at dinnertime can be helpful actually in burning fat (not that I can about that, but still just wanted to throw that out there) and can fuel a morning exercise and GO TO BED HUNGRY?! Seriously?! Geez! So glad you and others see the stupidity in these sort of ”rules”! Spread the word girl!
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    • sarah4rdfl@gmail.com says:

      Yesss Victoria! I know too much water before a meal messes with the hydrochloric acid in your stomach- no good! I love how you defend the potato and night time carbs! We can both keep spreading the truth and help people see that nutrition is an actual science and you can’t believe theses “gurus.” I love your attitude toward health and wellness and I know you must help your clients immensely!

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