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.
- 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.
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
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!!)
Read, learn, know and be safe.