That’s the number of book sales for the original South Beach Diet by Dr. Arthur Agatston. Not too shabby.
I once wrote a book called The Bartender’s Handbook: Making Drinks and Making Money. I think it had about 23 sales. Very shabby.
I am not here to question the legitimacy or effectiveness of the South Beach Diet. Nor am I here to directly question Dr. Agatston’s motives. (Indirectly? Sure.)
Like always, my goal is to open up a discussion.
Dr. Agatston has released a new book called The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution. As soon as I heard about it, my initial reaction was “Oh crap”.
But I did a little digging and now my reaction is “Oh double crap”.
You see, anytime gluten-free gets portrayed in a faddish way, I’m convinced it hurts those who NEED to be gluten free for health reasons.
It’s simple…you turn it into a fad diet and the chances increase that we get taken less seriously. Getting taken less seriously means people in charge of making our food, whether it be food manufacturers or restaurants, will be less likely to take the necessary precautions to keep us safe.
There’s gold in them thar hills as people and companies try to cash in on the gluten-free craze before it loses steam and is taken over by something else.
I swear if a 30 Day Bacon Diet came out, people would buy into it (and who wouldn’t…it’s BACON!)
Have I read the book? I have not and feel free to judge me on commenting about something I haven’t read. I’m fair game. But here are my thoughts.
– Right on the book cover, it says “The Gluten Aware Plan for Losing Weight…”
Oh Puke! If you’ve got celiac disease and you go gluten-free, you will not lose weight. Odds are, you’ll gain it since you are finally absorbing nutrients. But that doesn’t sell books.
– The author’s intentions seem sorta kinda good, but he gives mixed messages. The official book description says the following:
The truth is, not everyone needs to give up gluten permanently — nor does doing so guarantee weight loss. With Dr. Agatston’s phased Gluten Solution Program, based on proven South Beach Diet eating principles, you’ll be able to determine your own level of gluten sensitivity — and you’ll drop up to 10 pounds in just two weeks.
Huh?? It won’t guarantee weight loss but, wink wink, you will lose 10 pounds in two weeks. It just sounds snake-oily.
– Dr. Agatston says that “50 percent of Americans have some degree of gluten sensitivity”.
Where the hell did he get this number from? Leading celiac expert Dr. Alessio Fasano puts the estimate at 6% to 7%.
Dr. Agatston specifically says he is not selling gluten phobia, but it sure doesn’t sound that way. I would love to know his sources.
– If he thought gluten was a serious issue and a weight loss tool, why didn’t he mention it until now? A cynic would say he is simply trying to cash in on the gluten-free bandwagon.
Thank goodness I’m not a cynic.
What are your thoughts?