Bethenny Frankel Defends Skinny, Explains Why Americans are Fat

One thing to know about nutrition and fitness guru Bethenny Frankel, star of Bravo’s Bethenny Getting Married?, is that she is skinny, endorses skinny and knows how to be skinny.

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Writer of the New York Times Best Selling book ”Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting,” Frankel states that diets don’t work. Her book was “written to end all diets,” she said.

“It has changed women’s lives. It has taught them how to live at a Thanksgiving table, at a trip to Italy, without having the fear of food,” she said.

Frankel first started making a name for herself when she placed second on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. She went on to star in Bravo’s Housewives of New York as a celebrity natural food chef. Now married and a mom, the Frankel brand, which includes books, health foods, clothing, products (the SkinnyGirl margarita!) and workout DVDS, is approximately worth $4 million. She also recently competed on ABC’s Skating with the Stars and placed second place.

How to be thin?

SkinnyGirl Frankel continues the adage: Don’t obsess, eat small portions and never deprive yourself.

“No one ever got fat on having one cookie,” she said. “Someone got fat on having a cookie, beating themselves up about it, having a pint of ice cream, a piece of pizza and saying they will be good tomorrow. That’s how America gets fat.”

Frankel tells the proverbial story of how while growing up, her mother always made her feel fat and to be was unacceptable. About 10 lbs overweight, Frankel went to an obesity clinic when she was 8 years old.

“I grew up in a house where fat was sort of judged negatively,” she said.

When Frankel lost 30 lbs within three weeks of having her daughter Bryn, she was harshly criticized. She defended herself by saying that she’s not an authority with a PhD, but she identifies herself as a woman who, like everyone else, struggles with food and weight. She explains that if you give birth and immediately go on a crazy diet, you won’t be able to sustain it.

“All that happened was I [had] given birth and kind of just existed and had always been healthy,” she said, according to ABC News. “But even during my pregnancy I ate 500 more calories a day probably… If I wanted cake I had cake.”

If your entire million dollar empire existed on a coveted, perhaps unattainable, level of skinny, then you’d lose that extra pregnancy weight impossibly quick too. Just let the woman be skinny?

Watch how other Hollywood stars stay skinny. Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss — What Really Happens airs Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m. ET.

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