Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Seeking Weight Loss in the New Year

With the holiday season nearly over, many will be looking to start a diet come the new year. Most will be looking for fast easy weight loss. The "I want it yesterday" kind of thinking. Many will find their way to

So for those of you looking for the Kimkins Diet. I'm going to share with you some excellent Recipes. I'm also going to share with you a sample of the Kimkins Diet. Here's an example of what someone following the typical Kimkins Diet would be eating. This is the FitDay that was shared with Kimkins Exposed:

7/9 725 31 103
7/10 439 15 69
7/18 477 20 61
7/23 687 34 83
7/24 104 1 20
7/25 14 0 1 coffee only noted
7/26 159 1 35
7/27 14 0 1 coffee only noted
7/28 381 22 37
7/30 642 34 64
7/31 662 37 64
8/1 617 38 52
8/2 14 0 1 coffee only noted
8/3 14 0 1 coffee only noted

As you can see, that this post is from way back in July and August this year. Is this person doing any better now. You can check out their November FitDay here.

Not really doing any better. Getting in about 300 cals on the best days.

**Disclaimer: I would like to take this opportunity to highlight for readers that FitDay journals are indeed public when the user of that site opts to make their journal publicly available.

This is called starvation mode. You may lose some weight, but at what cost to your health. This is a list of side effects from following a very low calorie starvation diet:

The list of risks, both during a vLCD period and in the period following includes:

  • * Sudden death
  • * Sensitivity to light (sunshine)
  • * Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • * Cholelithiasis (gallbladder disease)
  • * Increased risk of loss of lean body mass (including heart, lungs, liver, kidneys)
  • * Heart palpitations and irregular beat
  • * Bleeding gums
  • * Intolerance to cold
  • * Dry skin
  • * Brittle, cracked or peeling nails
  • * Hair loss on both head and body
  • * Loss of hair pigmentation
  • * Dry mouth
  • * Fatigue and lethargy
  • * Increased requirement for sleep
  • * Potassium loss, electrolyte imbalance
  • * Loss of coordination
  • * Decline in motor function
  • * Dizziness and fainting
  • * Feeling light headed
  • * Headache
  • * GI disturbance with diarrhea or constipation
  • * Nausea and/or abdominal cramps
  • * Muscle aches, twitching and cramps
  • * Loss of libido, infertility in women, impotence in men
  • * Osteoporosis
  • * Bone and joint pain
  • * Immune system suppression
  • * Suicidal thoughts and increased risk of attempt
  • * Depression or the opposite, aggressive behavior
  • * Slow wound healing
  • * Decline in cognitive function (memory lapse, forgetfulness, confusion)

The above list of risks are documented from hundreds of research studies, observed while those following a vLCD were under medical supervision. Note, even with medical supervision, the risk of sudden death is at the top of the list and remains a risk for up to six months following the period of vLCD.

Kimkins Exposed:

A recurring theme throughout the Kimkins site is the explicit and implicit belief that it is more dangerous to be overweight or obese than the risk of losing weight with a very low calorie diet.

Members are constantly reminded how deadly their obesity is; that diabetes leads to limb amputations, that gastric bypass surgery is expensive, and to avoid these and other deadly conditions, only fast weight loss will reverse the certainty they’ll have complications if they don’t get the weight off pronto!

Thin At Any Cost:

I truly believe that one of the reasons that people are susceptible to the lure of quick weight loss has nothing to do with health and everything to do with fat prejudice (much of which is disguised in the name of health). There is a huge assumption that if you’re fat you’re not healthy and you’re not taking care of yourself. The promotion of health is not the same as the promotion of thin. Thin can be taken to unhealthy extremes. Health is, well, health. It means that you eat well, exercise regularly, get good sleep, don’t smoke—you know the drill! We can all quibble about what eating well means, and that’s part of why I’m on here promoting a low-carb way of life. What really needs to be understood when it comes to weight loss is that there is no proven method that works long-term for the majority of people. People are being harshly judged for a body type they were born with and have probably tried desperately to conquer.

If health (not thin for cosmetic reasons) is really the goal here, then the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices needs to be divorced from the idea of weight loss. Because if weight loss is the only goal, then overweight people become vulnerable to two unhealthy thought processes and behaviors. One is to stop the healthy lifestyle behaviors altogether (I’m not losing weight, so why bother exercising?). The other is to go down the crash dieting path to force their body into submission – never mind the health implications (or sustainability, for many people this leads to binging).

There is no reason to harm your body just to be thin.

So in this New Year, seek a healthier you, not just a thinner you.


Avenue Girl said...

OMG! That fitday tells the whole story. This person just doesn't realize the danger they are in. The fallout from Kimkins is not apparent until you stop. The literal fall out of your hair, and the feeling like someone or something has drained every last mineral and vitamin from your body. They are just eating their body away. This is so dangerous.

MJR said...

Great information BamaGirl. Kimkins is a very dangerous diet. Anyone following this way of eating should see their doctor as soon as possible to rule out serious health issues and risks. Starvation will make you lose weight... it will also make you lose your health!! It's really NOT worth the risk.

Anonymous said...

This is such an excellent message, and so very timely! I'm going to do whatever I can to post a link to it everywhere I go on the Internet!

Anonymous said...

Since when do you believe that people fill out their FITDAY completely? I NEVER do! I will put some things in, and then go on and forget the rest, or just not post it.

You CANNOT go by a FITDAY to assume it is the complete days consumption. PLEASE!!!

OhYeahBabe said...

Wow. Thanks for laying it all out there. The fitday is bad enough as it is, but worse than that is that if the person didn't lose a pound at least every day or two, she'd be chastised and told to trim out even more. I hope the days with <200 calories just didn't post everything they ate for the day! Even the days where they ate actual food are so scarily low!

Medusa had an important post last week about eating disorders and Kimkins. Check it out if you haven't.

Friends don't let friends do the Kimkins Diet!

OhYeahBabe said...

Anonymous - was that your fitday? If not, then it wasn't really about how YOU use fitday, right?

I'm not trying to be snippy, really. A lot of people do enter every morsel. It's how Kimmer coaches people to do it. Have you see the Kimkins Diet Survivors blog? It's how Kimkins can morph into eating disorder behavior. It is WHY thousands of people are alarmed, and why there is a lawsuit. Well, that, and the fraud.