Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Kimkins and Starvation Diets

Some anonymous person challenged me in his/her comment to provide some kind of evidence that my allegations that Kimkins diets can kill is true. (Wonder why that same person doesn't challenge Kimmer to prove that HER allegations are true.. but that's beside the point.)

Here is a list of articles and studies done on vLCD's - starvation diets, and please note the average daily caloric intake that these studies and articles define as a "starvation diet". Most of them count MORE than the average daily Kimkins plan calories. That itself should be considered carefully in this argument.

Starvation Diets Do Not Extend Life Expectancy

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29-Severe caloric restriction may significantly extend the lives of mice and other small critters, but a starvation diet won't produce a similar payoff for bigger animals, like human beings, a study here suggests.

Action Points
  • Advise patients there are no scientific data suggesting that severe caloric restriction in humans will lead to a longer life. There are some data supporting this theory in small animals.

  • Caution patients that severe caloric restriction may adversely affect their fertility and may also make them more vulnerable to infection and disease.

"Primates are not simply big rodents," evolutionary biologists wrote in the August issue of Aging Research Reviews.

A lifetime of reduced caloric intake, consuming on average about 1,500 calories per day, would result in only a 7% extension in human lifespan, according to a mathematical model.

The tradeoff is small, and it can come at a price, reported John Phelan, Ph.D., of the University of California at Los Angeles and Michael R. Rose, Ph.D., of the University of California at Irvine.

Science Behind Starvation Diets

Health Journal: The science behind starvation diets

Every morning, Brian Delaney scarfs down an 800-calorie breakfast of cereal and granola, yogurt, blueberries, almonds and other fruit. "I love stuffing my face when I wake up," says Mr. Delaney. "I feel very full."

While Mr. Delaney may sound like a binge eater, the 42-year-old writer is a proponent of a practice known as "calorie restriction." He limits his daily calories to about 1,950 -- about 550 less than other active men his size. .............

More-serious calorie restrictors reduce their daily caloric intake by as much as 40 percent. For instance, a six-foot, moderately active, 180-pound man normally would eat about 2,640 calories a day. If he practices calorie restriction, his daily calories could drop to just 2,370 or all the way down to about 1,585. Although people who practice calorie restriction, typically lose weight at first, eventually their body and metabolism adjust and the weight loss stops, despite the low calorie level.

WebMD Starvation Diets, Anorexia and other topics

The term anorexia literally means "loss of appetite."

Starvation Diets can cause:
  • Damaged organs, especially the heart, brain and kidneys
  • Drop in blood pressure, pulse and breathing rates
  • Loss of hair
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Thinning of bones (osteoporosis)
  • Death from starvation or suicide
Eating fewer calories while increasing activity is the best way to lose weight. For most adults, a low-calorie diet of 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day for women and 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day for men is recommended for weight loss

A VLCD may allow a severely to moderately obese person to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week, for an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks. Such a weight loss can improve obesity-related medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. However, VLCDs are no more effective than more modest dietary restrictions in the long-term maintenance of reduced weight.

Are VLCDs Safe?

VLCDs are generally safe when used under proper medical supervision in people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. Use of VLCDs in people with a BMI of 27 to 30 should be reserved for those who have medical complications resulting from their obesity.

Due to the potential need for other medications for preexisting conditions, as well as the possibility of side effects, these types of diets may not be suitable for people over 50, either.

(*note - remember they categorize a vLCD as anything under 800 calories a day! Bootcamp is only 500!!)

Obese and Dead; woman in the UK

DEAD: 462 pound woman WHO LOST 140 pounds IN 6 MONTHS ON CRASH DIET OF 500 CALORIES A DAY

A WOMAN of 25 has died after losing 140 pounds in SIX months on a crash diet.

M.C.,(name withheld at the mourning friends and family's request) who was living on just 500 calories a day - 1,500 fewer than the normal intake - died of heart failure.Her only food was three sachets of food powder mixed with water per day.

At the inquest coroner Dr Andrew Reid recorded an open verdict after evidence from a pathologist suggested rapid weight loss could kill. Dr Reid said: "Being obese can cause death, but confoundingly losing weight can also cause cardiac arrhythmia.

Last night Professor John Garrow, one of the UK's leading experts on obesity, criticised the 500-calorie-a-day diet as "dangerous". He said: "It is almost certain this young lady's death was caused by damage to her heart due to her rapid weight loss."These diets are dangerous and people shouldn't do them. Cutting down on calories for a few days does no harm, but no one should be doing this for six months."When you lose weight you lose fat and lean tissue that make up the heart and other organs. "Anyone on a diet should be consuming at least 800 calories a day. Although this young lady was morbidly obese, in my opinion, she was at greater risk of dying from dieting than from being overweight. "This was a very risky venture and obese people ought to be aware of these dangers."

There are many, many more articles and studies to read - all readily available on the internet. There is no excuse for a lack of understanding when anything we could possibly want to know is available by clicking a few links.

Read, learn, know and be safe.

OhYeahBabe said...

Thank you for this information!

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!

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