Science of Skinny

I read The Science of Skinny:  Start Understanding Your Body’s Chemistry – and Stop Dieting Forever, by Dee McCaffrey as part of my goal to read 50 Books in 2012.  Yes, this book was Summer beach reading for me.  I was intrigued to learn more about the chemistry of food and nutrition.

If you’re looking to learn more about science and chemistry of food and nutrition, this is a book to pick up.  It’s a lot to digest (ha, ha) and provides good information for someone looking to turn their eating habits around.  If you’re already following a rather ‘clean’/healthy eating plan, then this won’t give you a lot of new information.

It provides reminders to cut out white bread and flour, processed food (everything is better in whole-food form), and to up your water intake.  McCaffrey recommends H2O consumption of 1/2 your body weight.  Pounds/2=# of oz of water to drink everyday.  I’ve tried to follow that piece of advice and some days remember to use the Water Lite app to track intake.

Here’s the buzz kill for many–she says no soda and to really limit sparkling water.  Sparkling water is my “treat” beverage–so I’ve limited to 1/day.  The science that McCaffrey explains is that the carbonation messes with the body’s pH levels which, in turn, messes with body function.


If you’re a soda drinker and are trying to quit–this may help–McCaffrey explains how soda leeches calcium out of your bones.  Bam.

I was a bit of a dinner party buzz kill after reading this book.  No one wants to talk to the person who is spouting facts like, “Did you know that ketchup is made with high fructose corn syrup?”  Side note – Heinz makes a HFCS-free ketchup called Simply Heinz.  The company also reduced the sodium levels in their products by 15% back in 2010.

Have you read any nutrition books lately?  Any food/eating switches you’re making in this new year?  Can you drink the recommended amount of H2O everyday?  Coffee, tea, other liquids don’t count!