Bethenny Frankel: ‘I eat what I want, but I don’t ever binge, and I don’t work out’

I used to hate-respect Bethenny Frankel. I thought she was loud, annoying and abrasive, but I halfway admired her hustle, and I still tend to believe that she’s one of the biggest “success stories” from the whole Real Housewives franchise. But Bethenny has been deservedly sh-tlisted over time for her asinine anti-Sussex thoughts, her casual racism and her blatant commercialization of her body dysmorphia. In recent years, Frankel has tried to lean into this idea that she’s “naturally thin” and she barely does anything to maintain her figure. A lie. But she keeps doubling down.

“Naturally Thin” author Bethenny Frankel says sleep and happiness is the key to staying thin over diet and exercise. The former “Real Housewives of New York City” star shared on TikTok that in lieu of diet and exercise, the reality star chooses instead to “do what I can.”

“So I don’t exercise. I do what I can when I can,” she said.

Frankel, wearing a floral bikini and sun hat, went on to say, “I’ll snowboard if I can, I’ll surf if I can, I walk on the beach whenever I can, but I choose [to] sleep first. Sleep is the No. 1 priority. And being happy is one priority.”

The 51-year-old “Big Shot with Bethenny” star went on to say that she was 20 pounds heavier in her 30s and “always on a diet.”

“I was always good and I was bad and it’s the sauce on the side and steamed,” referencing dietary choices the reality star would make. Frankel mentioned her book “Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting,” saying that the 2009 book spoke about “food noise.”

She continued, “I eat what I want, but I don’t ever binge, and I don’t work out. I don’t do weights. I believe in balance.”

[From Page Six]

I mean, sleep IS important. More people need to prioritize sleep in general. But Bethenny is full of sh-t otherwise. I’m sure she doesn’t crash-diet the same way she did in her 20s and 30s, but she still watches what she eats and (just my guess) doesn’t eat that much anyway. And of course she works out. Now, there are “naturally thin” people, people who are genetically able to do whatever they want and maintain a slim figure. But that’s genetic privilege and those are not the people who should give advice! “Oh I eat whatever I want and I never work out, you should aspire to be me!” GMAFB.

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  1. Ceej says:

    Oh Bethany. She doesn’t work out because any muscle gain would make her “big”, she might “eat what she wants” but anytime someone super restrictive says this we should ask what exactly they want to eat. Because she cuts lots out and having read her diet book (sigh I was young) she has a very disordered attitude towards food.

    Also let us never forget season 1 of RHNY when she made Alex change her logo because the first designer made one with “huge thighs” and she didn’t think (normal) thighs were a good look for her brand.

    Kudos to her charity work. Stop talking about anything else.

  2. Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

    So, she’s saying that now at her big age 51, NOW when she’s menopausal or peri-menopausal, now that because she doesn’t workout she weighs 20lbs less than she did 20-30 years ago.

    She exercises—heavily.
    She restricts the amount of food she consumes—severely.

    She’s so obviously lying to get her name in our mouths. She’s going to bleed this for three media cycles: Outrageous claim => gossip media coverage and audience response => her defense of her outrageous claim which itself is outrageous => gossip media coverage and audience response.

    • Unicorn with a Sweet Tooth says:

      I’m old enough to remember her posing in her 3 year old daughter’s pajamas. She has made her entire existence about being skinny. Her interviews seem half trying to convince us she doesn’t have an ED, and the other half trying to convince herself.

      • Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

        I think this claim is an example of the later.
        And yeah, I remember that pajama pic. Totally agree: She’s obsessed with thinness and obsessed with us believing her thinness is “natural” ie effortless.

    • Truthiness says:

      She’s skipping over her eating disorder but I find her the best of the Real Houseflies despite it. Flying in essentials for refugees fleeing from Ukraine should be her topic of discussion.

      • Both Sides Now says:

        Agreed. She has flown in much needed supplies to countries devastated by natural disasters as well as handed out several hundred dollar gift cards to families. I saw her hand one women 5- $100.00 gift cards as she had children and Bethany wanted this woman and her children to have food and clothing, on top of the necessary supplies she brought. Plus she in on the ground within 48 hours of natural disasters as well.

        I will give her credit when credit is due, but as a human being she has a lot to learn. She does have game with her building her business as well as surviving the longest divorce settlement as well, while her still married ex was verbally and physically abusing both her and her beau at the time, all while he falsified documents that his mother notarized.

  3. Leah says:

    I lived with a few catalog models in the 90s. They did not eat unless they were with their boyfriends (who marveled at their abilities to eat so much and stay so slim🙄). The only food they kept in the house was canned tuna, iceberg lettuce and Kix cereal. If they got hungry they would have a bite. They would always say to others that they are whatever they wanted. So I never believe this nonsense.

  4. equality says:

    The “sleep” thing with celebs is starting to feel like the “I don’t shower” trend many were jumping on.

  5. Julie says:

    Bethenny has abuser energy. Watching her openly gaslight Carole made my skin crawl.

  6. girl_ninja says:

    I eat what I want but I don’t ever binge and I don’t work out…oh and I disparage Duchess Meghan whenever I get the chance but when I get called out I double down, get the attention I want and THEN faux apologize on social media.

    She looked better with 20 pounds on her. She and KKKate should learn that real fat is the best “filler” on ones face.

  7. Eurydice says:

    I think it depends on what you call “working out.” There are many more ways of getting exercise than just going to the gym. If she’s wearing a bikini and talking about surfing and walking on the beach, then chances are she’s also doing some swimming. Even if it’s just swimming out and treading water for a while, that burns a lot of calories.

  8. JEM says:

    I don’t understand why famous women don’t/can’t. just tell the truth about everything that they do to work on their bodies. I’m sure I’m being naïve…but wouldn’t they want to take pride in everything they’re doing to maintain their weight? Doesn’t that make it more aspirational for people? And it sets them apart? Or is it just that women are supposed to be effortless and talking about work is seen as unattractive? I really can’t wrap my head around this.

    • girl_ninja says:

      They have an image and brand to sell. If they are honest about what they are really doing to themselves then whatever their are selling won’t sell to the masses. Sure a certain segment of people of means would be able to get fillers, Botox, serums and potions but the less wealthy would not. That’s why they sell books and have websites and whatever other medium they use. Gotta make that money so they gotta outright lie.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I find it so frustrating this lying to other women about the efforts they go to for the celebrity ideal “I eat whatever, never work out (but still with ALL your efforts you will never look as good as me)”. How must an average woman feel about herself if she tries to watch her diet, exercises whenever she can and still is not as small as this woman here, I would feel a failure, I would feel all my effort was for nothing, I would wonder what I did wrong. I felt like that for years, the message I got all through my youth was “the less of you there is, the more valuable you are to society”. It’s bull.

  9. Megs says:

    I don’t understand this bs, I mean, one of the best things people- and women in particular- can do for their health is lift weights. Crucial for bone health and I would argue just day to day activities. Having said that, I realize the time to do that is a privilege many don’t have but this women? She does have the privilege to make it a priority and chooses not to. So backwards.

  10. Mia1066 says:

    Well she looks awful so good luck to her. Those gross fake boobs, dreadful saggy skin on her bones. Ick. I don’t know who she is though. But just looking at her and how badly she’s aged body wise I bet alcohol is more her calories than food. There’s a look that’s hard to hide

    • Jenn says:

      Hm, interesting insight about her look, which has always been “lean and hungry.” And I think her first big success was her Skinnygirl line of booze, in fact. I don’t know anything about her apart from that, but it feels like everything she does and peddles is in some way or another “shame-driven”

      • Valerie says:

        I remember when she came out with Skinnygirl. I thought it was the worst name she could have chosen, and it was 100% intentional. She tries to act as though it all comes naturally to her, but if that were the case, she wouldn’t have to base her entire brand on it. It would be as unremarkable as her hair colour. Even if it were a business decision made by someone else, she could’ve pushed back. She knew what she was doing and she knows what she’s selling.

  11. Colby says:

    FWIW, a friend of a friend was a producer on a few housewife franchises, and when I asked him who was the worst to work with, he said Bethany was the worst person he has ever met, let alone worked with.

    And that’s really saying something if you work in TV.

  12. Pork Chops and Applesauce says:

    Her fake breasts have always been tragic.

  13. Valerie says:

    Eh, we’ve all heard this before. She’s maintained for years that she ~*doesn’t work out*~ and eats whatever she wants. It’s probably true, and the older the gets, the more she’ll feel and wear the effects of not exercising.

  14. theotherViv says:

    So when she says she doesn’t binge she means she eats only half a cookie once a week? Didn’t she practice yoga like every day?

  15. Gertrude says:

    I met her at a fundraiser brunch. She ate air and drank white wine.

  16. Julia K says:

    Years ago before we were as aware of eating disorders as we are now, a co worker said the exact same thing, ” I eat what I want and don’t binge”, she would say when people commented on how slender she stayed. She would eat a large amount of healthy food at lunch, to prove her point, then go to the bathroom to freshen up before going back to work. It was ages before another person pointed out to me that’s how she stays thin. I am not at all suggesting that this is the case here, only to show that people present the side of them that they want you to see, not the reality.

  17. jferber says:

    The picture with the close-up of her face was shocking. She easily looked over 70 though she’s (supposedly) only 51. Her restricted diet has wreaked havoc on her face, clearly. I wonder how healthy that starved body really is. I also remember her fitting into her 3 year old daughter’s pajamas. How sick that that fit into her “goals.”

  18. Thinking says:

    Why do people listen to her?

    I get why people listen to Gwyneth since she has a kind of attractiveness that appeals to a certain segment of the population. As much as it pains me to say, I get why people find her pretty even if she is annoying about it. And ditto for most other people who are attractive in a certain way and fit some kind of pretty ideal that appeals to their fanbase (i.e J-Lo, any of those ladies from Dancing with the Stars, fitness trainers with their own DVDs, etc.)

    But this lady? She’s not someone I would look at and immediately think “Yeah, she has the look I want!”

  19. rockear2 says:

    Isn’t she the one that abuses laxative pills?

  20. Lol says:

    I hate when people brag about not working out. Would you brag about not brushing your teeth?
    I workout 6 days a week-2 HIIT/lower body strength, 2 cardio/upper body strength, 1 HIIT/core, 1 gentle yoga/walking/dancing etc.
    I’m not thin. But I’m strong and healthy.
    Btw I know not everyone can work out intensely. I do advocate that everyone do what they can.