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.
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