Boy has the kimkins controversy been running hot the past week or two? Did you know in around 3 or so weeks her member base has grown by 7000 members?
People have been going on a lot lately about Kimmer, particularly regarding the validity of her pictures. Personally, I don't trust her and I certainly don't believe that most of them are hers but I am not greatly concerned about that. A lot of people have been questioning her weight loss and again I'm not too concerned as its the whole Kimkins diet and mentality that really bothers me.
Did she lose it? probably, particularly considering she eats very little even when maintaining. Did she keep it off? I am assuming that shes been struggling there.
Another concern lately is that she has no maintenance plan, from what I've read she maintains by eating little and water fasting over the w/e once a month so I figure that is what others would be doing. If anyone has more info there, please share :)
Originally, I was going to plaster up a whole heap of famous quotes by Kimmer to try and show where exactly I am coming from, but then I thought my point might get lost in the clutter, so I decided to just post some of the good ones occasionally.
Now, as you know I am not a fan of ANY of her plans, but what grates me even more is the message she brings, what she and those around her encourage and teach, particularly her advice which to me, is very dangerous. I tried to explain this to Jimmy but I don't think he gets it or rather he doesn't want to get it.
The fact is she encourages people to eat very little food as well as daily use of laxatives and water fasting or should we say diet soda fasting. That is not healthy, it will not help people attain success in their weight loss goals over the long term and frankly encourages very dangerous eating pattens. We critise various weight loss drugs and crash diets yet how is this any different?
Anyway, enough ranting, here is a typical example of what I mean, I found it a couple off weeks ago in the Ask Kimmer thread on LCF"
A response to someone who ate half a chicken breast one day and nothing the next, wanting to know if its okay to not eat when shes not hungry…
“I don't see any point in forcing yourself to eat. If you read the water fasting links you'll see that if you have enough body fat, your body is fine without food. Dr. Joel Fuhrman supervises water fasts for 5+ months for overweight patients.
Will your body use it's own muscles for protein? Yes, for 2 weeks, then it stops (confirmed by studies in the "Make It Fast" thread). We are always "eating" our own muscles ... diseased, old, whatever. Even poor people who have literally starved to death retained full size internal organs (heart, kidneys, brain), reducing only 1-3%.
I have done many 10-15 day, a couple 30 day and one 48 day water fast.”
2 days later when this same person who is still eating almost nothing (4 bites of chicken, a coffee and 2 diet cokes!) posts again that she didn’t lose any weight that day she is given this advice by Kimmer:
“When did the water fast end? You are losing at this very minute! Keep in mind that meat, chicken & fish have zero fiber so there's nothing to "push them through".
Have you considered taking a mild laxative each night you're doing "protein only"? Or, hate to even suggest it, make up a batch of the horrible Epsom salt solution and take a couple tablespoons each night?”
Can anyone tell me, that advice is safe?
I am still gathering a bunch of studies on VLCD's (Very Low Calorie Diet) etc. I think what I am going to do is consolidate them all onto the one page, kind of like what I am doing with the low carb studies though that is VERY unfinished. I have heaps more to add just from my forum alone plus I expect there is lots more out there. Your welcome to take a peak: Low Carb Research Plus I want to do an article on what I learn from that (VLCD Research) and use some kimkins related examples. What do you think?
*update* I should mention the VLCD page I was thinking of doing has been started here: Research of the Health Risks of Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD)
Other Kimkins articles by me:
Nov 16: Kimkins Diet Scam
Sept 22: The Low Fat side of the Kimkins Diet: Rabbit Starvation, Sudden Death and Resting Metabolism.
Sept 11: The Low Fat side of the Kimkins Diet: Gallstones.
Aug 17: My reply to Deni
Aug 13: The low fat side of the Kimkins Diet, Part 1
July 18: Is Kimkins okay simply because it is low carb?
June 13: Okay Some Kimkins Stuff...