Why is Amazon listing The 3-Hour Diet as the #1 low-carb bestseller?
So I'm surfing around Amazon.com today and I wanted to look up the bestselling books according to various categories. Lo and behold, wouldn't you know it that they have a "Low-Carb" section that lists all the top sellers in the wonderful world of low-carb publishing.
But imagine my surprise when I get to the Top Sellers page for low-carb books and was stunned to find what the #1 selling low-carb book is: Jorge Cruise's The 3-Hour Diet!
Regular readers of my blog know what I think about this book from this review I wrote when it first came out in 2005. The thing that attracted my attention about the book was the startling subtitle -- "How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin."
If that wasn't enough to convince you this book is NOT a low-carb book, then the contents certainly would. Like so many other "diet" books on the market these days, Cruise recommends that people eat less than 1500 calories a day made up of little meals throughout the day to help them lose up to 2 pounds a week. He says you can eat all the carbs you want on his fad diet plan and still lose weight.
How then can The 3-Hour Diet be considered a "low-carb" book? Is somebody smoking crack over at Amazon?
I think I know why this book got categorized as a "low-carb" book rather than a "weight loss" or "general diet" book. It goes back to the subtitle -- "How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin." Undoubtedly, Amazon uses a computer program to help them put the millions of titles they have in their database in the appropriate categories according to keywords in the title of the book. The computer saw "low-carb" in the title and therefore listed it as a low-carb book.
But what are they thinking listing The 3-Hour Diet as their #1 top seller for low-carb books?! Isn't somebody watching out for these kind of agregious errors? Somebody wake up over there at Amazon!!!
Send Amazon your comments about The 3-Hour Diet being listed among the bestselling low-carb books.
Go to The 3-Hour Diet page at Amazon, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the "Suggestion Box" section and click on the box that reads "Product information is missing important details." Then type in a brief comment explaining that this title should not be listed among the "low-carb" books and should be reclassified immediately. Finally, click "submit" and pat yourself on the back for helping others avoid the mistake of purchasing Jorge Cruise's book thinking it's low-carb.
And that's my primary problem with his book being among the low-carb books. Jorge Cruise is extremely anti-low-carb and proud of it, too! Why else would he so boastfully proclaim on the front cover of his book that "low-carb diets make you fat?!" The man has his reasons for doing it, but it is an insult to those of us who are livin' la vida low-carb to even see a book like The 3-Hour Diet listed among the "low-carb" bestsellers. I don't want anyone to confuse the twisted teachings of Jorge Cruise with what those of us on the low-carb lifestyle do to maintain our weight.
Hopefully Amazon will do the right thing and fix this as soon as possible.
By the way, when I was looking at the low-carb top sellers, I noticed Livin' La Vida Low-Carb was within the Top 50 as of this blog post. That's pretty neat, isn't it?! :)
A special THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me by getting my book. I hope you have enjoyed it and I encourage you to write a review at Amazon.com if you haven't done so already! THANK YOU!