By Michael Anchors, MD, PhD
Years ago I wrote a Message of the Week listing ideas for new diet books. I wasn’t serious. It was a joke. I noticed there were so many diet books that made no sense, diets that didn’t work. Publishers publish such books because Americans buy them. The crazier and sillier the better. Americans have no background, understanding or taste for evidence or truth. You might notice that in some of our current politics.
One of my funny suggestions became an actual book, even a short-lived craze. The Cookie Diet. I would love to know if the author Sanford Siegal D.O. got his idea from my Message of the Week. Possibly, but not likely. I bet he thought of it himself, and I’m sure he sold more copies than I ever sold of my serious books.
Without further ado, here is the 2019 list of silly ideas for diet books.
The Move to France Diet Book. The average French non-smoker weighs 30 lb less than the average American. Among the reasons is that the French never snack, eat more lunch than dinner, smaller portions, don’t work hard and don’t exercise. Easy enough in France, but a little harder here--but you could still do it.
The Concentration Camp Diet. Ever notice how people in concentration camps are so lean? How do they manage it? I will tell you. Recipes included.
The Blue Food Diet. Eat only foods that are blue. All I can think of is blueberries, blue corn chips and blue cheese, but if you can think of anything else, please call me.
The Alien Diet. What do aliens eat? You got me, but it’s in this book. I never saw a fat alien except except Jabba the Hut. I kid you not, if someone wrote this book, some American publisher would publish it and it would sell.
The Cocaine Diet. Comes with samples.