Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Letter to Kimmer


I'd like to speak with you, if I may, about some of the issues raised lately concerning your diet plans. I hope you will take the time to read this and ponder the questions contained herein. You need not reply, as I am simply asking for you to consider what I am writing in a deep and spiritual way.

I am not here to attack you. I will not call you names or berate you in any way. I simply wish to convey a series of thoughts and concerns that I hope you will sincerely contemplate.

When we achieve a level of personal success, it is a wonderful feeling and we wish very strongly to share that success with others, hoping to inspire and aid them on their own quest. We easily become wrapped up in a sort of guru mentality. After all, we have done it! We know it works! We have the answer and we want so badly to share it with everyone else.

When we see success mirrored back to us from those with whom we have shared our secret, we are empowered and validated. We then seek to share the success with more and more people. Not only did it work for us, but look, it worked for others as well! How wonderful!

In that cycle of validation and euphoria, we can easily loose sight of other important matters, such as the fact that our plan for success might not be best suited for everyone. It could involve dangers that we don't know about or understand. We are loathe to imagine that we could possibly not know something about this as we are convinced that we hold the key. Criticism is not taken kindly and brushed off as jealousy or other negative emotions.

I understand this cycle, I've been there, so the saying goes, though thankfully not with anything as dangerous as a diet plan and I have learned my lessons well.

Kimmer, or Heidi, or whatever you prefer to be called by, is it not possible, even remotely, that perhaps there are risks and dangers associated with your plan that you are not aware of? There is a wealth of information clearly showing that some aspects of your diet plans are indeed, extremely dangerous for certain individuals. Is your desire to be RIGHT stronger than your desire to see others flourish with good health and safety?

I know you often reply that being overweight is more dangerous than any diet plan, but that is simply not the case. Can you admit for one moment that there are some things more dangerous than fat? Or even admit that perhaps you do not know if there is anything more dangerous, but there could be?

I know you have been reading many of the blogs, articles and forums wherein the risks and dangers associated with your plans have clearly been explained. I'm sure you feel that everyone else is wrong and they are simply too weak to follow your tough plan and are therefore making excuses and citing erroneous information to try to convince others that it is ok to be weak and not strong enough for your tough plan. Kimkins is not for sissies, it has been said. You yourself have said that only the most dedicated and motivated people can succeed on your plan. Have you ever considered that perhaps, just perhaps, you are wrong?

You probably don't believe in the laws of Karma which state that everything you do ultimately returns unto you, some say three times as good or bad as your original action. For example, if you give someone who is hungry $10 to eat, sometime in the future you will be gifted $30 from a different source. It all returns unto you eventually. Even Christianity has a saying that encompasses this thought, quoted by Ezekiel. It is not a mysterious esoteric philosphy.

I would ask you to consider this for a moment, quite sincerely. You are steaming ahead, forging this diet empire, advertising, recruiting, challenging. You are utterly convinced that you are correct and everyone else is wrong. You have success stories! You have others on your plan that have success stories! You cannot possibly be wrong! You'll show everyone who is right in the end! They'll thank you for it.

But Kimmer, there are those that are not thanking you for it. There are those who are currently suffering from your plan. There are those who know, without doubt, that you are not correct. Can you not simply consider that they may have a point?

Your plan of fasting, laxatives, very low calories, low fat, low carb, low everything may have worked for you - though we don't know that for sure, we only have your word to go by, which is quickly losing its power. That does not mean that it is safe for everyone else, can you not possibly understand that?

I ask you to stop, just for a few moments. Step away from the computer, away from the glossy magazine covers, away from the adoration of your fans and sit by yourself and look into a mirror. As you look at yourself sitting there, feeling rather smug. Ask yourself if you are really and honestly convinced that you, and only you, hold all the answers. Is it not possible that there is someone else who may know more than you do?

Is the money or the adoration you receive on a daily basis REALLY worth the risk of harming someone or perhaps even ending their life? Don't respond by saying that they would die anyway of being overweight - that is a cop out and does not answer the question. Do YOU want to be the instrument of another's death? Are you THAT certain that you are truly correct that you are willing to take that risk?

What proof can you offer that you are truly correct?

What medical studies have been done to show that your plan is safe for everyone?

What proof is there that the medical studies that prove your plan is incorrect, are themselves incorrect?

What can you say to those who HAVE been and who ARE being harmed by your plan right now?

Please, please, please Kimmer. Sit with these thoughts in your head and contemplate them. Try to be honest with yourself, at least and then perhaps, you can shift your focus away from you and place it onto those you would "save".

OhYeahBabe said...

She may find herself with a lot of time to contemplate soon!

Don't let your friends, or even your enemies, do the Kimkins Diet! Encourage people who were members of Kimkins to join the Kimkins lawsuit!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Warning Signs

There are many warning signs that will indicate when one is approaching a very dangerous health issue while following this diet plan.

If you are following the Kimkins diet and experiencing any of the following, please see your physician ASAP. Do not wait.

  • Light-headed or dizzy
  • Muscle fatigue or weakness
  • Fluttering Heart feeling
  • Irregular Pulse / Heartbeat
  • Listlessness and apathy
  • Anemia
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Edema
  • Moderate to severe hair loss
  • Hair losing pigmentation
  • Brittle or malformation of fingernails
  • Slow wound healing
  • Bone and joint pain (that was not present before)
  • Mental changes - irritability, forgetfulness, confusion
  • Bleeding gums
  • Photosensitivity
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Decreased motor function
  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle twitches or cramping
  • Weakened immune system

All of these symptoms can present when following a VLCD which we define as any diet plan under 800 calories per day. 200-500 calories a day can be fatal after a short time (even 2-3 months).


OhYeahBabe said...

Kimkins is a scary, scary diet.

Don't let your friends, or even your enemies, do the Kimkins Diet! Encourage people who were members of Kimkins to join the Kimkins lawsuit!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

An observation...

I used to visit AOL chatrooms a lot, and there were quite a few which were run by self-styled experts in their chosen subjects. These guys (or gals) tended to have a close-knit clique around them who looked up to them, and would defend them to the (textual) death. Any passer-by who disagreed with them would find themselves the target of vitriolic attacks, and no amount of logic or calm argument would deflect them from championing their hero or heroine.

So, it seems to me that Ms Kimmer is simply another version of that self-proclaiming expert - a person who has a smattering of knowledge, but an ego that boosts her up to make her seem almost omniscient.

They all self-destruct eventually. Like a house with no foundations, they sink lower and lower until finally vanishing, and Kimkins will be forgotten in a year or so.

One final thought - which group in any society like to keep their real names and pictures secret?

Francis St-Pierre said...

What's your name?

kimkinscankill said...

Why? If Kimmer can hide her name and when asked to reveal it, replied "not a chance", then certainly that's good enough for me too, yes?

I, on the other hand, am not selling anything, giving medical advice, promising any miracles - simply providing information collected.

Why would you want to know my name over the name of someone who is profiting from their "mysteriousness" ?

Makes ya wonder.

Anonymous said...

~you said "...and Kimkins will be forgottenin a year or so."

Sorry, Charlie, but the Kimkins "plan" has been around for WELL over a year, and seems to be going strong...

Kimkinscankill said...

Sorry, Anonymous, I never said that. (I also know how to spell forgotten, so it definitely wasn't me!)

Check your sources before assigning quotations! :D

Kimkinscankill said...

My co-author said that, ha! That'll teach me to read his posts once in awhile, lol.

I do agree though that Kimkins will be forgotten, sooner rather than later, as more and more people discover the dangers lurking within the glossy advertising.

Anonymous said...

Can a dangerous crash diet fad ever be fully forgotten? Maybe instead it gains its place in the annals of ridiculous diet plans, alongside the cabbage soup diet.

Kimkins Dangers said...

As long as people stop doing it and find a healthy and safe way to lose weight, that'll do.

Francis St-Pierre said...

I'm asking because you said : "One final thought - which group in any society like to keep their real names and pictures secret?"

I just wanted you to live up to your own standards... Maybe you have an agenda or profit from it in some way. How do we know?

Kimkins Dangers said...

I have an agenda, indeed. To raise awareness about the dangers of Kimkins and hopefully to prevent anyone from embarking upon such a dangerous crash-diet.

As for profiting.. well, do you see any ads here? Google ads? Banner ads? Hmm, I don't.

As for me using my real name - why don't you apply the same tenacity and desire for accountability from Kimmer herself - who is definitely profiting - selling her own success story with no proof whatsoever.

If I was selling something, based on my own experience with it and expected people to buy it because it worked for me, you can be sure my name and my real picture would be all over it, including real life interviews with film!

This is not for that purpose.

I might reveal my real name someday, but it's not necessary now. Perhaps you'd make more progress trying to debate the issues about the diet plan and Kimmer's fraud instead of being so eager to find my identity, lol.

OhYeahBabe said...

Kimkins might be forgotten in a year, since she may very well be in jail.

Encourage people who were members of Kimkins to join the Kimkins lawsuit!

The Plans

The Kimkins diet consists of several different plans that one can choose from, depending on the desired results. Kimmer promises dramatic, fast weight loss, with NO exercise, no hunger and no cravings.

While most people in the low-carb world understand that a reduction of carbohydrates in the diet naturally produces a decrease in hunger and cravings, Kimmer promises that her plan will allow the dieter to get into "real" ketosis and should experience a cessation of hunger.

The, though I am loathe to use the term, logic - of the plan is that one can achieve incredible weight loss results by cutting carbs AND fat AND calories. The "Bootcamp" plan offered by the Kimkins site boasts a 500 calorie a day limit with very few of those calories coming from carbohydrates (if any at all). Basal metabolism is roughly 1000-1200 calories per day, simply for the body to maintain proper function. 500 calories a day is very close to the goal of most anorexics and considered a "very low-calorie" diet (VLCD).

When reviewing the FitDay menus for Kimkins members, many, if not most, of them seem to hover around 200-600 calories a day, with the goal being the lowest possible amount. That rivals the average caloric intake of those suffering from many forms of eating disorders.

Another plan offered by Kimkins is called the Kimmer's Experiment or K/E plan. On this plan, the dieter is urged to consume as much LEAN protein as they need to not be hungry and only enough fat to make the diet work, such as a pat of butter to cook an egg. Many who are following the K/E plan also eat a small salad with "Salad Spritzer" for dressing (low to no fat) once or twice a day. Although still unhealthy, this is one of the safest plans of the lot.

However, many people on this plan over the past year or so have asked Kimmer herself what they should do when they stop losing weight. Her advice has routinely been to cut out the fat. Use Pam spray instead of that pat of butter, anything to lower the overall caloric intake.

Other more frightening pieces of advice include the daily use of laxatives, including a mix of epsom salts and Diet Coke. Fasting is encouraged, though Kimmer states that water is not necessary, it is just fine to fast drinking diet sodas instead of water.

One young woman said that she was experiencing light headedness and was unable to exercise as she had before starting this plan. The advice given to her from the Kimkins website was to consider that she might be drinking too much water. That's it. Too much water. Noone suggested she visit a doctor or perhaps even eat something.

There are so very many stories similar to the one above that we here at the Kimkins Dangers Blog have decided this must be exposed and people must be made aware of the risks before embarking upon a program that is unhealthy and extremely dangerous.



OhYeahBabe said...

Scary, scary diet. Have you see the Kimkins Diet Survivors blog?

Don't let your friends, or even your enemies, do the Kimkins Diet! Encourage people who were members of Kimkins to join the Kimkins lawsuit!
December 18, 2007 8:59 AM


Welcome to the Kimkins Dangers blog.

It is here that you will find all the information you need in order to make a well informed decision about this diet plan before you find yourself in danger.

The authors of this blog are very concerned about the health risks and other fraud associated with the Kimkins diet and it's creator, "Kimmer".

It is our goal to educate, illuminate and provide support for those considering this plan and those who have tried it and are struggling to return to a healthy lifestyle.

We will be posting a large amount of information from various sources designed to give the reader the broadest scope of the issues possible and we will be seeking the advice and opinions of medical professionals about the inherent risks of this diet plan.

Again, welcome and please feel free to leave your comments.


Kimkins Dangers Authors


Anonymous said...

Unless you have followed the Kimkins plan, you have no idea what you are talking about.
July 29, 2007 5:33 PM

Kimkinsdangers said...

Not so! We know the plans, one of our authors is a member of the site and we have access to the forums and plans, etc.

VLCD's ARE DANGEROUS. That does not change simply because Kimmer says it does!
July 29, 2007 5:38 PM

Anonymous said...

I have been a member of Kimkins since the beginning. I started her plan before she had a website.

It was NEVER recommended or suggested that I use, what did you post...Epsom salt & diet coke as laxatives.

Look...exaggerating this is not going to help anyone..it will only serve to ostracize. Keep to the facts and you will have more readers and gain respect.
July 30, 2007 1:14 PM

Kimkins Dangers said...

Sorry Anonymous, just because she never recommended it to you, doesn't mean she never recommended it at all!

She has, MANY TIMES, made that exact recommendation to others.
July 30, 2007 1:17 PM

Anonymous said...

childish. seriously.

not every kimkins member, certainly not the majority, are hopped up on laxatives & surviving on 200 calories/day.

all these blogs...you are just regurgitating the same few phrases. What do you have to back up your allegations? What statistics do you have?
August 1, 2007 4:21 AM

Kimkins Dangers said...

You can call it childish, you can call it silly, whatever. The fact remains that there are reams of medical studies that show vLCD diets are DANGEROUS. GO READ, it's very simple.

I also NEVER stated that "all kimkins members" are anything! My issue is NOT with the Kimkins members who are there because they want to lose weight, they want to do it fast and they unfortunately believe Kimmer's lies. My issue is with Kimmer and the diet plans THAT CAN KILL.
August 1, 2007 7:13 AM

OhYeahBabe said...

Not silly at all - thanks for blogging about the Kimkins scam.

Don't let your friends, or even your enemies, do the Kimkins Diet! Encourage people who were members of Kimkins to join the Kimkins lawsuit!
December 18, 2007 8:55 AM