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A Refreshing Knapp – Tips given for writing bestseller (Feb. 25, 2015 issue)

I’ve come to the conclusion that 99 percent of the best-selling books are of the self-help type. Take “How to win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, it has been near the top of that list for most of my life. Of course most of his suggestions are how you look, dress, act, talk and listen. People have taken each of his suggestions, concentrated on them and in turn written Best-Sellers on nearly each suggestion – especially on how you look. It turns out that you can’t have a high BMI (body mass index) and look good. I started to say you can’t be fat or overweight as that isn’t politically correct; though it wasn’t when Dale Carnegie first wrote his book. Would be authors jumped on that and have written numerous diet books which have made it to the top of the New York Times best-seller list countless times.
You can probably think of a few right off the top of your head: The Adkins Diet, The South Beach Diet, The Mediterranean Diet, The 20/20 Diet, ad nauseam. I guess there must be a hundred or more that made it right to the top at one time or another that you haven’t heard of. That being the case, there is always room for one more.
There is even one guy out there that got on that list by coming to the startling conclusion that we eat more than we think; titled a book close to that name and sold a few million copies. Let’s face it, some of the tips on how to eat less are just plain dumb. One dieting book for instance, says to use a smaller plate when you eat as that would trick your brain into thinking you were eating more. That person’s brain must be a tad smaller than mine. I think I could easily tell the difference in the size of a plate and a portion of food.
Another person says to make sure the color of your food contrasts with that of your plate, as when they match, people consumed 22 per-cent more food. Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! I’m colorblind. How would I know if the color of the food contrasted with that of my plate, or not?
Put tempting food out of sight. Well, that does have some merit – that is if my wife puts it out of sight and I don’t see her do it. I have this penchant for chocolate. If we happen to buy an extra chocolate bar, or splurge and get a couple of piece of dark chocolate fudge, she invariably hides it once we get home, and search as I may (when she’s gone somewhere,) I can’t find it. But when I’m least expecting it, she hands me one of those treats that I felt certain she had already eaten.
After visiting my kids, most of who live around Atlanta; my wife, Frances, suggested we take some of the back-roads home. Somewhere in North Georgia, we came upon this restaurant with the unlikely name of “Road-kill Restaurant.” I immediately whipped in there, but Frances refused to get out of the car. I tried my best to persuade her that was just a catchy name and that they didn’t really feed road-kill, not as a main course anyway. My attempt at humor fell flat. We drove on to a McDonalds. However, that name stuck with me as a possible title for a best-selling diet book. “The Road-Kill Diet – Guaranteed Weight Loss!”
After all, nearly all diet books have one thing in common: It is not necessarily what we eat, but how much we eat that determines whether we lose weight or not. With that Road-Kill title, I’m sure most people would fall into Frances’ category and eat less, no matter what suggestions I may have to marinate it in.
I’ve already got 6 pages written on that new diet book. I’ve kind of come to a writers-block on the recipe for ‘possum. Once I get past that, I’m sure the book will just fall into place and you can probably find it on Amazon or at your favorite bookstore this fall.