Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dying to be thin: The diet craze sweeping Britain with a punishing 500-calories-a-day

Remember, Kimmer and the concerns for members following her plan Kimkins, where calories appeared to often fall close to and even below 500 calorie's a day?

Whilst they were eating real food, there was no real plan behind it to ensure members were eating adequate nutrients to meet their most basic needs...

Actually I should rephrase that because not all were eating real food on kimkins, she also had a shake plan and it is to my understanding she also had given out advice for an even low calorie version for faster weight-loss. And these shakes were just protein shakes you buy yourself from your local store which could have been anything...

During this time when everyone was in an uproar, I posted about sudden deaths in the old protein shake diets in my post here: Rabbit Starvation, Sudden Death and Resting Metabolism. It was thought that a lot of the issues with these deaths boiled down to the amount and the type of protein in the liquid diets at that time however, here is an article on a current liquid diet known as Lighter Life. In this article, they discuss the side effects and also the death of one lady whom had been following this diet for 6 months:

A LighterLife slimmer dies

Two years ago, 25-year-old Matilda Callaghan died from heart arrhythmia after spending six months on LighterLife.

The coroner recorded an open verdict, as to what caused the fatal arrhythmic heartbeat, recognising that while - as the company argued - being obese can kill, so too can losing weight quickly.

But leading obesity expert Professor John Garrow was unequivocal: he blamed Matilda's death on her rapid ten-stone weight loss which, he said, reduced the lean tissue in her heart.

Professor Garrow says: 'Studies show semi-starvation diets deplete the protein and muscle of internal organs, resulting in an increase of heart arrhythmias among obese people following them.'


And of course, like many stories I have read by former kimkins followers this articles finished off with a story about a lady whom developed an eating disorder.

Read through this article and remember, this is a diet that is supposedly designed to ensure adequate nutrition. If these are the risks, what about very low calorie diets designed by just your average person trying to make a quick buck with no professional nutritional and medical background or input from people with such qualifications?

No matter what diet you're on, don't let some numbers on the scale cloud your judgment and possibly destroy your health...

8 comments:

The Bionic Broad said...

People don't learn from their own bad experiences or the bad experiences of others. With all the research out there about dangerous starvation diets, and still the fearmongering shysters rake in the bucks from gullible and ignorant (usually) women. A much better and healthier answer is right in front of them, but they don't (or won't) see it. Great post.

Sherrie said...

Thanks, one of the girls posted the link on the forum and I couldn't help but have a little rant :)

Jennifer said...

Interesting post - dangerous diet that liquid diet. Fortunately, starving myself has never been my problem. I have the opposite problem usually....(wink)

Amy Dungan (Sparky's Girl) said...

How horribly frightening! I hope people will wake up and realize there is no clothing size or number on the scale worth destroying their health over.

Sherrie said...

These shake diets commonly prescribed by doctors and found in pharmacies certainly seem like more trouble then they're worth don't they. No wonder we're in such a mess!

Sue said...

The problem with the shake diets is that you never learn how to eat properly for weight loss and maintenance. When you are finished with the shakes usually weight piles back on as people go back to their old way of eating.

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