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asked by John on February 21, 2010
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Unfortunately, most diet books are not about helping people - they're about making money. No one buys books that contain common sense rules like giving up processed junk and eating whole, natural foods made from scratch instead. It's too much work, and most dieters are looking for easy fixes rather than the necessary lifestyle changes.

I think you were right on both counts - such books sell both because people are often genuinely ignorant about nutrition and food processing and because it is inconvenient to give up their bad food. Very sad, really.
Burgundy Damsel answered on August 8, 2011
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Many people do not want to give up the ease of processed foods. We're lazy Americans who are addicted to it. We want to just read a label that says low fat - or 100 calorie pack and be done with it. Eating real food would require us to have to actually cook something. Authors aren't going to get rich selling books that tell us to eat healthy whole foods.
Joann Turbin answered on March 11, 2010
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Because people who need diet books are people that don't even understand the basics of nutrition: the importance of protein, the difference between complex carbs and starches, or saturated fats and essential fats, etc. Most don't even understand the concept of calories intaken vs. calories spent.

Adding a lesson about processed foods vs. raw foods would be too much for a basic diet book. It would be like adding algebra to a 5th grade arithmetic class.
Adam L. Reiner answered on January 17, 2011
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Because Big Brother is not censoring diet books yet. As a consumer, you can still choose to buy or not buy certain books. Take advantage of this freedom while it lasts.
Beache answered on March 1, 2010
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