As I was perusing the aisles of my local Barnes & Noble bookstore at lunch a new book caught my eye. It’s called The Hot Diet, by chemical engineer AJ Djo. I picked it up and started reading. Page after page it drew me in with one simple premise… something in almost everyone’s diet was poison and causing us to gain weight. This poison is right under our noses, front and center at virtually every meal. Yet despite hundreds of diet books, thousands of seminars, and countless hours of research, it has escaped discovery.
I immediately started thinking about this and trying to guess what it might be… the author said it exists in almost all of our meals. Hmmmm….
Could it be Refined Sugar? This seems to be the villain in many diet plans and sugar, even small amounts, seems to be in almost everything we eat and drink. But the author dismissed this idea in the first chapter.
Could it be High Fructose Corn Syrup? This is certainly it. This fat inducing man made concoction has found its way into almost every processed product on the shelves. But AJ dismissed this idea in chapter two.
Could it be Salt? This has got to be it… Salt is in almost everything we eat, whether sweet, spicy, or salty. Pick up any box of sweetened cereal and you’ll find salt as one of the ingredients. Salt is a very popular additive but the author dismisses this as the poison in the first few pages.
Could it be Pepper? With a name like The Hot Diet, I was beginning to think it was a common spice like pepper. Certainly this type of spice was in most common foods and cayenne pepper was used for medicinal purposes. I was really certain this was it, until the whole class of spices was eliminated by an example in the book.
As I read further I was getting a little antsy. I had hoped to find the answer quickly, but the author kept the suspense going for three chapters when he finally revealed the secret. I had stood there reading for almost 15 minutes, unable to put the volume down.
When the item was finally revealed it all started to make sense. This substance was certainly in front of me multiple times a day. But the premise that this could be a reason that so many people find themselves overweight was hard to believe. The answer will certainly be controversial for some time to come.
As I put the volume down, I really started to think… could this be true?
Could this mysterious ingredient really be the culprit in our battle of the waistline?
As I left the store I headed for a nearby restaurant and had lunch.
As the waitress brought they tray of food, there it was staring me in the face.
It was right in front of me, something I had never considered before.
Could the “ice” in my drink really be all that bad?
Could this clear and solid form of water really be sabotaging my diet?
Could the cold that this induces really be slowing my digestion?
I had to go back and find out more…. Could this chemical engineer be on to something?
I stopped back and read on…
I still don’t know about this one…
What do you think?