The Kimkins controversy is now an official entry on Wikipedia! Let's hope it sticks this time. Previous Kimkins entries that explained the scam and fraudulent activity of Kimkins and Heidi Diaz were removed. In light of new information and proof of these scams, this article should remain!
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Kimkins Controversy - Wikipedia
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The Kimkinsdiet was originally conceived by Heidi Diaz, also known as "Kimmer," while she was a participant in the Low Carb Friends website and message boards. Her claimed 198 lb weight loss in only 11 months inspired others to follow her example, and soon she left Low Carb Friends and started her own site, kimkins.com, with a business associate.
A feature about the Kimkins diet in a June 2007, Woman's World magazine catapulted the membership from hundreds to an estimated 40,000 members in a matter of days. A fee of $59.95 is required for a lifetime membership which gives access to the diet plans and online support forums and resources. However, some users, including administrators and a former partner, claim to have been immediately and permanently banned from the site - typically with no automatic refund of "lifetime" membership fee - after questioning Diaz's identity, photos, and business practices.
The diet itself was initially described by Diaz as a combination of the Atkins and Stillman diets, basically the low-carb of Atkins combined with the low-fat of Stillman. Numerous members of Kimkins.com reported dramatic weight loss successes. The Kimkins.com website featured numerous success stories of reputed Kimkins.com members.