Thursday, January 31, 2008

Kimkins Diet---Deficient in EFA's

Besides being just a VLCD, Kimkins puts much emphasis on being low fat also. This leads someone to be deficient in EFA's, essential fatty acids. While there are no recommended daily Allowance (RDAs) for essential fatty acids. Each person requires different amounts.

Research on EFAs is voluminous and consistent: EFAs are types of fatty acids that the body cannot make, but must be obtained from food. We do not make them because they exist in virtually all foods, and the body needs them only in small amounts. The body does make saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids because it needs these in large amounts and cannot count on getting all it needs from food.

The needed balance of the Essential Fatty Acids is 5 (five) Omega-6 to 1 (one) Omega-3. This is the Omega-6 to Omega-3 balance.

But, what is needed to counteract all the negative effects of eating the normal Western diet is about 1:2. For every one portion of Omega-6 you eat, you will need 2 portions of Omega-3.

An optimum amount of essential fatty acid has been suggested as 3 to 6% of our daily calorie intake.

Essential fatty acids have two principal roles. The first is as a constituent of the cell membrane. Each cell in the body is surrounded by a membrane composed of billions of fatty acids. About half of these fatty acids are saturated or monounsaturated to provide stability to the membrane. The other half are polyunsaturated, mostly EFAs , which provide flexibility and participate in a number of biochemical processes. The other vital role for EFAs is as a precursor for prostaglandins or local tissue hormones, which control different physiological functions including inflammation and blood clotting.

Here are some signs/symptoms of EFA deficiency:

  • Dry skin (e.g. feet/face/general)
  • Scaly or flaky skin (e.g. legs)
  • Cracking/peeling fingertips & skin (e.g. heels)
  • Lackluster skin
  • Small bumps on back of upper arms
  • Patchy dullness &/or color variation of skin
  • Mixed oily and dry skin ('combination' skin)
  • Irregular quilted appearance of skin (e.g. legs)
  • Thick or cracked calluses
  • Dandruff or cradle cap
  • Dry, lackluster, brittle or unruly hair
  • Soft, fraying, splitting or brittle fingernails
  • Dull nails - lack of surface shine
  • Slow growing fingernails
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth/throat
  • Inadequate vaginal lubrication
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Premenstrual breast pain/tenderness
  • Excessive ear wax
  • Excessive thirst
  • Allergic (e.g. eczema/asthma/hay fever/hives)
  • Crave fats/fatty foods
  • Stiff or painful joints

Omega-6 is amply supplied in the typical Western diet.

Good sources of Omega-3 essential fatty acids in food are nuts, canola oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil. Fish, especially cold water fish such as salmon, bluefish, herring, tuna, cod, flounder, mackerel and shrimp are also good sources.

Women are especially vulnerable to fatty acid deficiency. Much of the research literature (currently over 300 Medline entries) centers on concern about the EFA status and requirements for women, especially during their reproductive years. Recent research demonstrates that the quality of a woman's EFA status is critical for her successful reproduction and lactation. Reproduction that results in healthy, well-developed children is critical for society and all mankind, and the importance of well-fed infants needs no defending.

Other fats are just as important. You may be surprised to learn that certain saturated fatty acids are also needed for important signaling and stabilization processes in the body. The saturated fatty acids that play important roles in these processes are the 16-carbon palmitic acid, the 14-carbon myristic acid and the 12-carbon lauric acid. These saturated fatty acids are found in certain food fats.

The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:

  • Butter
  • Beef and lamb tallow
  • Lard
  • Chicken, goose and duck fat
  • Coconut, palm and sesame oils
  • Cold pressed olive oil
  • Cold pressed flax oil
  • Marine oils

Make sure you get your proper intake of fats each day for optimum health.


Essential Fatty Acids
Fatty Acid Requirements for Women
Know Your Fats

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Kimkins New Logo

Courtesy of Squeakie from LCF:

Eating and Shopping for Whole Foods

I believe in following an eating plan made of "whole foods". Just what are whole foods?

Whole foods are those that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. They typically do not contain added sugar, salt, fat, or chemicals.

Often confused with "organic food" (i.e., organically-grown food), whole foods are not necessarily organic, nor are organic foods necessarily whole, although they do share a number of traits, such as an avoidance of chemically-assisted agricultural techniques. Because of the lack of basic processing, many whole foods have a very short shelf life and are not easily sold outside of farmers' markets.

Nothing processed, so put down that Fiber One. It ain't good for you. Throw away that whole wheat bread. Give up those specialty low carb products. The human body is not meant to consume that garbage.

Animal products are 'whole foods,' too
Dana Carpender

The nutritional buzz phrase is 'whole foods.' This is encouraging. I've been watching the nutrition scene long enough to remember when people who insisted that whole-grain bread was more nutritious than enriched bread were scorned as 'food faddists.'

But the admonitions to eat whole foods seem to apply only to grains, fruits and vegetables. Officialdom still recommends discarding large fractions of animal foods. Yet few see these fractionated animal foods as the refined, depleted foods they are.

Take dairy. Virtually all recommendations for dairy products include the qualifiers 'low-fat' or 'fat-free.' But that's not the way it comes out of the cow. Yes, whole milk has more calories than skim. It also has far more vitamin A, because it's carried in the butterfat. (Some skim milk is fortified with vitamin A —- the equivalent of adding a few vitamins back to nutritionally depleted white flour.) Because fat aids in calcium absorption, you'll get more calcium from whole milk. Whole milk from grass-fed cows supplies CLA, a fat that increases fat-burning and reduces heart disease and cancer risk, and omega-3 fats, which reduce inflammation, and heart disease and cancer risk. It is worth paying premium prices for such milk.

And eggs. Oh, poor eggs. There they are, just about the most perfect food in the world, and what do people do? They throw away the yolks. The part with almost all the vitamins, including A, E, K and the hard-to-come-by D, not to mention brain-enhancing choline and DHA. Eggs from pastured chickens also have yolks rich in omega-3. Better to throw away the whites, not that I'd recommend that, either. Just eat whole eggs, will you?

Then there's chicken. When did 'chicken' become synonymous with 'boneless, skinless chicken breast?' (hello my WLS pals) Chicken breast is a good food, but the whole chicken is better. Dark and white meats both have nutritional strengths. They are not identical in vitamin and mineral content. Chicken skin is a good source of vitamin A, again because it's fatty. I wrote recently about liver's nutritional bonanza, and hearts are nutrient-rich as well, making giblet gravy a great idea. Simmering the leftover chicken bones yields flavorsome broth rich in highly absorbable calcium and joint-building gelatin. (I save my steak bones, too, for beef broth.)

Our ancestors, ever mindful of where their next meal was coming from, relished every edible part of every animal they killed. Indeed, paleoanthropologists assert that hunter-gatherers ate the rich, fatty organ meats first, preferring them to muscle meats, and smashed bones to eat the marrow. As recently as a century ago, marrow was such a popular food that special spoons were made for scooping it out of bones. I love the stuff. I've been sucking the marrow out of lamb-chop bones since I was a tyke. A 1997 article in the journal Nature asserts that human brain capacity decreased at the dawn of agriculture 10,000 years ago, very likely because of a reduction in animal-fat consumption. Whole animal foods are part of our nutritional heritage.

My low-carbohydrate eating habits are often referred to as a 'fad.' Whatever. If it was good enough for my hunter-gatherer ancestors, it's good enough for me. Do you want to know what's really a fad? Removing the fat from milk and the yolks from eggs, and discarding three- quarters of the chicken, all organ meats and most bones. There's not a culture in the world where our narrow, refined, low-fat, flavorless versions of animal foods are part of the traditional diet.

I just love Dana. She has some really good cookbooks available too. Check then out.

Here's my shopping list to show you what a whole food diet consists of.

Real milk--from a local dairy--not raw---but not homogenized either
sour cream --full fat
Heavy cream-used alot
Real Butter(not margarine)-used alot
cottage cheese-full fat
cream cheese-full fat
huge variety of cheese full fat---fermented---sold locally but are Amish---so are natural cheeses----no cheese food products---REAL cheese only

chicken wings
leg quarters
whole chickens
boneless chicken thighs
whole turkeys, raw and smoked
shank or butt portion ham, smoked and fresh--no honey baked or glazed
pork roasts-butt/shank portion
pork chops
pork steaks
calf liver
chicken liver
frozen shrimp
canned crab
bacon---SF and nitrate free
fatty ground beef---no ground sirloin or round
fatty cuts of beef roasts or steak---example--rib eye, chuck
pork loin
tuna in oil
salmon and tuna steak pouches
canned sardines and fish steaks
smoked sausage
duck/goose---save the fat too
fresh gulf seafood when I can afford it, oysters, grouper, snapper,etc

onions---all kinds
peppers---multi variety--mild to hot
summer squash
spaghetti squash
some winter squashes---like butternut, acorn,pumpkin
fresh herbs
variety of frozen mixed stir fry type veggies
frozen blueberries, strawberries, blackberries(fresh when in season---used as a treat a couple of times a month)
baby salad greens
collard, turnip greens

almond flour
coconut cream
unsweetened coconut flakes
coconut flour
coconut oil---expeller pressed and virgin
lg variety of herbs and spices, no spice blends some have sugar
olive oil
walnuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, pecans
sugar twin brown sugar
palm oil
walnut, macadamia nut oil
plain gelatin

other stuff
SF tomato sauce
SF diced stewed tomatoes
dill pickle relish
olives--black and green
variety of dill pickles
plain pkts of kool-aid---I sweeten with stevia
unjury unflavored protein powder---used for quick protein shakes on occasion

I make all my own condiments including ketchup, mayo(made with a blend of coconut oil and olive oil), salad dressings, and marinades--I also now make my own SF gelatin and puddings---I have tried to eliminate all artificial sweeteners(use stevia, SweetPerfection now)--the only exception is the sugar twin brown sugar for my BBQ sauce.

I also visit a new butcher that is connected to a slaughter house here---I get bones and hooves and other usually discarded items to make my own broths---I use the poultry carcases for stock too---I also get large amounts of fat(generally pork) for rendering(that's making lard y'all)---I do get some whole fish to make fish stock.

I try to avoid processed foods of all kinds---that includes deli meats---which used to be a staple of my eating---too many chemicals---I do no soy products of any kind---I do no grains whatsoever---I make my own yogurt now also. I also use nut butters, like cashew, walnut, pistachio and almond. They are great tossed with some veggies. Gives it an Asian flair.

I have returned to a more paleo type of eating---the eating that sustained our ancestors for thousands of years. Also try to keep it very high fat:

Why your low-carb diet should be high-fat, not high protein

So, that about covers it. I keep plenty of staples on hand. Then buy meat, veggies,etc according to my menu at the time. So what's on the menu at your house tonight?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Losing weight the right way......

In my ongoing battle against Kimkins, thought I would share with you some tips on losing weight the proper way. Losing weight with Kimkins is dangerous.

There are loads of ways to lose weight out there and they all work at first. Then you stall out. The reason for the stall can vary. Many times your body has just reached a set point and has to play catch up. On a VLCD like the Kimkins followers adhere to, your body just rebels. You aren't supplying it with the nutrition you need so it hangs on to every morsel you put in your mouth.

Another problem with the Kimkins way of eating is there is too much protein consumed. This is by those who say they eat unlimited amounts of protein. Yet they forget that excess protein consumption without the proper fat intake is not healthy for you.

I thought I would share some of the things I have found to be helpful in losing weight the right way. Many factors come into play here. There is no one size fits all formula. It has to individualized for that person. Your height, weight, age, activity level are just the basic factors. They will be the ones I use for this example. I'll even throw in an extra example to show you the difference.

You start off with your BMR (basal metabolic rate), the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day. Then you factor in the daily caloric needs based on the activity level.

A way of calculating a safe minimum calorie-intake level is by reference to your body weight or current body weight. Reducing calories by 15-25% below your daily calorie maintenance needs is a useful start. You may increase this depending on your weight loss goals. As a guide to minimum calorie intake, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that calorie levels never drop below 1200 calories per day for women or 1800 calories per day for men. Even these calorie levels are quite low. Cutting calories by more than 50% below your daily caloric needs is considered starvation mode.

And no you can't survive on the fat you have on your body like Heidi says.

Now that we know how many calories we need to have each day. We then determine how to break those down into fat, protein, and carbohydrates. For these examples all will be 30gms of carbs will be the maximum number. Next is the protein requirements. If you are just starting on a low carb eating plan. Your protein needs for the first few weeks will be greater than after that time frame. Once we know all the above data, we can then figure out just how much fat we should be taking in.

50 year old woman, sedentary, 5' tall and weighs 170 lbs:

BMR--1442 cals
Daily Caloric Needs--1730 cals
Calories Needed to lose weight--1297 cals to 1470 cals
1730x15%=260, 1730-260=1470; 1730x25%=433, 1730-433=1297
Carbs--30 gms, 120 cals
Protein--for beginner-141 gms ,564 cals; old timer-81 gms, 324 cals
141x4=564; 81x4=324
Fat--for beginner-68 gms to 87 gms; old-timer-95 gms to 114 gms
120+564=684, 1470-684=786, 1297-684=613, 786/9=87, 613/9=68
120+324=444, 1470-444=1026, 1297-444=853, 1026/9=114, 853/9=95

30 year old woman, moderately active, 5'8" tall, 260 lbs

BMR--1965 cals
Daily Caloric Needs--3046 cals
Calories Needed to lose weight--2284 cals to 2859 cals
3046x15%=457, 3046-457=2859; 3046x25%=762, 3046-762=2284
Carbs--30 gms, 120 cals
Protein--for beginner-174 gms ,696 cals; old timer-114 gms, 456 cals
174x4=696; 114x4=456
Fat--for beginner-161 gms to 227 gms; old-timer-190 gms to 254 gms
120+696=816, 2859-816=2043, 2284-816=1478, 2043/9=227, 1478/9=161
120+456=576, 2859-576=2283, 2284-576=1078, 2283/9=254, 1078/9=190

For this person to go to the caloric level most women look at to lose weight,1200-1500 cals, would be deemed starvation mode. It is less than 50% below the daily caloric needs.


Huge difference in the two examples isn't there. How many of y'all out there fit into the last example. Yet aren't getting anywhere near the correct amount of calories. Especially when it comes to the fat gms.

The biggest obstacle, besides the old fat is bad for you dogma, is how to get the fat without adding too much protein too. Here are some good things to use, coconut oil, butter, heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese, bacon, homemade stocks, nut butters, nut oils.

The point I'm trying to make is, the first thing people want to do is cut their calories way down and cut out the fat. You are setting yourself up for failure. Try it this way for awhile, re-figure as you lose pounds and see if it won't work for you.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr

Kimkins Debate Rages On

With the ABC coverage, pro-Kimkins supporters are coming out of the wood work to visit the blogs and ABC. The cult mentality of the Kimkins members is still so apparent in the comments that keep showing up.

As long as the site stays open, I will continue to blog against Kimkins. I'll also be looking to anyone else who may be involved in aspects of this. Heidi is just the main focus. I will continue to make speculations and seek the truth in all areas.

Seriously folks, even with the extra media coverage, we ain't done yet.

I will not quit until I see.......

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Kimkins on Good Morning America





ABC News will be airing the expose of the Kimkins Scam on Good Morning America.

Stay tuned for further details.


The Kimkins Debate is still raging across the airwaves. As long as Heidi continues to utilize her viral marketing techniques. She will reach even more people. We have to take down Kimkins now, before others fall for the scam.



Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kimkins Groupie

The anti-kimkins bloggers have got a groupie of sorts. someone calling themselves Dana going around to the various blogs singing the praises of Kimkins. This is one of her latest comments.

Kimkins is NOT a dangerous diet. There is nothing dangerous about as much lean protein as you want.. 20 carbs a day, enough fat to make your menu work.... there is NO calorie counting .... please get your facts correct.

Thank you, Dana
2Big answered very nicely with this reply:

actually there is DANA. perhaps attending some of those nutrition classes offered at your college would help. Look at rabbit starvation to start with too much protein without a balance of fats causes death.

limiting carbohydrate intake to 20 grams for the duration of the weight loss journey causes a person to be under the required daily fiber needs for intestinal health.
Using only enough fat to be able to cook the foods and since you are new to the Kimkins controversy perhaps you missed the email from Kimmer saying no more the 30 grams a day max puts the person below the EFA daily needs for health. You can study EFAs and basic fatty acids needs there too.

The kimkins plan as written and sold by Kimmer IS a dangerous plan.
As I posted before about the real Kimkins diet, you can see Heidi's own words how the diet is to work,

“It’s best not exceed the 1000 cals,, 20 carbs, 20-30 fat grams, and keep the Protein at 60-90 grams per day. These are the limits for newbies, but you will find that as you stick with the plan you will see lower numbers in all the above categories. If you have any other questions or need help PM me anytime, I love to help.”
Let’s do the math shall we. Calories for carbs are 4 cals/gm, protein 4 cals/gm, fat 9 cals/gm. Taking the upper limits of 20gms carbs, 30 gms fat, and 90 gms protein:

(20×4) + (30×9) + (90×4) = 80 + 270 + 360 = 710

710 calories for the UPPER limit

A starvation diet is set at anything below 800 cals/day.Clearly this diet falls in that category. Following Heidi's advice is disaster waiting to happen.

Another of Dana's comments needs to be addressed.

you guys do realize you are only talking to each other right now? Nobody outside of your little club even cares.

Well apparently you must be a member of that club too. You sure seem to care. I just want to remind you. You don't get to see just how much traffic each of these sites get in a days time. From all walks of life, not just the Kimkins or low carb community. Just because there are no comments made does not mean they aren't reading what is there.

One last note for Dana, I wonder what ol' Mike would think of your daily escapades. Just a little food for thought, since you deprive the rest of your body of food with the Kimkins diet.

It is clearly apparent to me the Kimkins Controversy is not over. So I will keep doing what I do.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Harmed by Kimkins? Share your Story on National TV

Have you experienced medical problems due to Kimkins?

Do you have any medically documented health issues related to the
Kimkins Diet?

Do you have some free time this weekend for an exciting opportunity to appear from the comfort of your home, on national television, in a prime time spotlight?

If you have suffered any of the following doctor verified medical conditions:

• Dizziness
• Nausea
• Muscle fatigue or weakness
• Heartbeat palpitations
• Moderate to severe hair loss
• Bone and joint pain
• Mental changes - irritability, forgetfulness, confusion
• Bowel complications/symptoms of laxative abuse

as a result of your experience with the Kimkins Diet, and would like this exciting opportunity to share your experiences with the public, please contact within the next 48 hours.

No travel will be required, an ABC crew will come to you to discuss your experience.

If you know of anyone who fits the above-mentioned medical criteria, please share this contact information with them for this important opportunity.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Answer to The Nice Girl

Since I doubt very seriously The Nice Girl will allow comments on her blog. I figured I'd respond to her here. These are quotes from her blog, It's My Life.

"Never stand by and watch someone be the victim of a bully you must always speak out for those who can't speak out for themselves"

Yet you can stand by while Heidi continues to encourage people to starve themselves. And if you dare question her you are banned.

Now that I am doing kimkins I have seen all thes antikimmer sites and instead of listing all the negatives affects of the diet (I have to admit it has it faults but it works) they instead try to tear down the women on the diets.

I have nothing but compassion for anyone who is trying to lose weight. I know first hand what it feels like to be obese and wanting any way to shed those pounds. Yet I did it in a healthy way, by following a high fat, carb restricted way of eating. I shed 200+ pounds this way and have kept it off. Plus I did it on over 2000 cals/day.

As for the problems with the diet, you admit yourself there are problems. It is nutritionally bankrupt for starters. It sets you up for an eating disorder. If you do manage to lose some weight. You will have to continue eating that way for the rest of your life. If you attempt to return to a normal caloric level, your body will begin packing on the pounds. That is not just my opinion , but scientific fact. A diet this low in calories and fat is not sustainable. You are missing out on very vital nutrients. Just a multivitamin each day will not make up for all the vitamins and minerals you fail to take in. The healthiest people on the earth follow a traditional way of eating. Which is very high fat.

When a nice girl is faced with someone who just terrorizes people she may politly say -------->
(obscene comment omitted)

As for you last comment about what "nice girls" do. All I can say is truly "nice girls" would never do that.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturated Fat Is Good For You

The eating plan preached at Kimkins, besides being a starvation diet. Is also nutritionally bankrupt. Basically consisting of little else than lean protein. Fat is not your enemy. By following this disastrous way of eating, you are robbing your body of vital nutrients and putting your health at risk. So buyer beware. Being low fat is just one thing that is so bad about Kimkins.

Fat is actually good for you. Read what Richard Feinman had to say.

What if Saturated Fat is Not the Problem?
A professor of biochemistry provides perspective.

By Richard Feinman

Here’s an idea to chew on: The carbs in your diet tell your body what to do with the fat you eat, so it’s the type and amount of carbohydrates that matter when it comes to your weight and health.

Virtually every bit of health information today includes the advice to avoid saturated fat — the so-called evil stuff that lurks in animal foods like steak and eggs. The basis for this recommendation is that research has shown a correlation between saturated fat intake and total cholesterol and LDL (“bad cholesterol”). The problem with these studies is that the effects are not large, there is wide variation among individuals and, in most of these studies, the predicted benefit in incidence of cardiovascular disease did not materialize. In addition, we now know much more about risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) beyond LDL. No assessment of CVD risk can be made without considering HDL (“good cholesterol”), triglycerides, and the size of the LDL particle. Plenty of research shows that these markers can worsen when people reduce their intake of saturated fat and that they can improve by reducing the intake of carbohydrates.

You don’t have to be a medical researcher to recognize that this is a politically charged issue. The thing that is missing for the public is an impartial evaluation of all the data on saturated fat. My personal opinion is that there is much contradictory data and a recent review of the situation suggests that there is not sufficient evidence to make any recommendations.

There is a sense that, in the absence of definitive evidence, lowering saturated fat will at least do no harm. This is not right. The problem for people with diabetes is what happens when saturated fat is replaced with carbohydrate, and research has repeatedly shown that this may actually be harmful. Consider that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the onset of the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes, almost all of the increase in calories in the American diet has been due to carbohydrate. The percent of total fat and saturated fat in our diet decreased. In men, the absolute amount of saturated fat consumed decreased by 14 percent!

One of the most striking reasons to doubt the across-the-board proscriptions against saturated fat is the report from the large scale Framingham study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, titled “Inverse association of dietary fat with development of ischemic stroke in men.” You read that right: The more saturated fat in the diet, the lower the incidence of stroke.

Perhaps the most compelling research was published in a 2004 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health. Their study showed that, in postmenopausal women with heart disease, a higher saturated fat intake was associated with less narrowing of the coronary artery and a reduced progression of disease. Even with similar levels of LDL cholesterol, women with lower saturated fat intake had much higher rates of disease progression. Higher saturated fat intake was also associated with higher HDL (the “good” cholesterol) and lower triglycerides.

If saturated fat isn’t the problem, what is?
In this study, in which greater saturated fat intake was associated with less progression of coronary atherosclerosis, carbohydrate intake was associated with a greater progression. Carbohydrate, through its effect on insulin, is the key player. Insulin not only sweeps up glucose from the blood but it also plays air traffic controller, making the call as to whether that glucose is turned into fat or is used for energy. Most importantly, insulin determines what happens to dietary fat — whether it gets stored or oxidized for fuel. In fact, insulin has so much control over how dietary fat is metabolized that when levels of fat are measured in the blood, they are not strongly associated with a person's diet. In other words, one person who has a high intake of saturated fat may turn out to have a similar ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat in the blood as someone who consumes very little saturated fat.

A recent study by Jeff Volek at the University of Connecticut compared low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets. Even though the low-carbohydrate diet had three times as much saturated fat as the low-fat diet, levels of unhealthy fats in the blood were lower in the low-carbohydrate group. How is that possible? That is what metabolism does.

What is the best diet?
We don’t know the ideal diet composition. We do know that saturated fat, unlike trans-fat, is a normal part of body chemistry and extreme avoidance is not justified by current scientific data. Removing some saturated fat to reduce calories is good, but adding back carbs appears to be deleterious. It appears that healthy, carbohydrate restriction will trump the effects of any kind of fat. For a person with diabetes, blood glucose must be the first consideration. If you have relatively tight blood sugar control, the amount of saturated fat you eat may be a non-issue. You can do what we did before the diabetes-obesity epidemic: regulate your intake by your taste and your natural appetite. No one ever did want to eat a pound of bacon.
Make sure you are getting in the right amount of protein in your diet. Keep the carbs low. Make up the rest of your calories in fat intake. Remember this....

Many people think a low carb diet is a high protein diet, but this is a misunderstanding. In fact, much of the protein you eat can turn into glucose in the body. Eat too much protein and you will raise your blood sugar and stall your weight loss.

I'm not done preaching about how fat is good for you. So look for more posts in the future.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Eating Disorder or Diet?

The most common element surrounding ALL Eating Disorders is the inherent presence of a low self esteem.

Having an Eating Disorder is much more than just being on a diet. An Eating Disorder is an illness that permeates all aspects of each sufferer's life, is caused by a variety of emotional factors and influences, and has profound effects on the people suffering and their loved ones.

Dieting is about losing a little bit of weight in a healthy way.

Eating Disorders are about trying to make your whole life better through food and eating (or lack of).

Dieting is about doing something healthy for yourself.

Eating Disorders are about seeking approval and acceptance from everyone through negative attention.

Dieting is about losing a bit of weight and doing it healthfully.

Eating Disorders are about how life won't be good until a bit (or a lot) of weight is lost, and there's no concern for what kind of damage you do to yourself to get there.

Dieting is about losing some weight in a healthy way so how you feel on the outside will match how good you already feel on the inside.

Eating Disorders are about being convinced that your whole self-esteem is hinged on what you weigh and how you look.

Dieting is about attempting to control your weight a bit better.

Eating Disorders are about attempting to control your life and emotions through food/lack of food -- and are a huge neon sign saying "look how out of control I really feel"

Dieting is about losing some weight.

Eating Disorders are about everything going on in life -- stress, coping, pain, anger, acceptance, validation, confusion, fear -- cleverly (or not so cleverly) hidden behind phrases like "I'm just on a diet".

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fast News Info: Kimkins Diet - What is it and Review

great article about the dangers of the diet being sold on
Kimmer can be read here Fast News Info: Kimkins Diet - What is it and Review

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

kNOw Dieting: Risks and Reasons to Stop

Americans spend more than $40 billion dollars a year on dieting and diet-related products.

Dieting: Any attempts in the name of weight loss, "healthy eating", or body sculpting to deny your body of the essential, well-balanced nutrients and calories it needs to function to its fullest capacity.

The Dieting Mindset: When dissatisfaction with your natural body shape or size leads to a decision to actively change your physical body weight or shape.

Dieting has become a national pastime, especially for women...

  • Americans spend more than $40 billion dollars a year on dieting and diet-related products. That’s roughly equivalent to the amount the U.S. Federal Government spends on education each year.
  • It is estimated that 40-50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time.
  • One recent study revealed that 91% of women on a college campus had dieted. 22% dieted "often" or "always." (Kurth et al., 1995).
  • Researchers estimate that 40-60% of high school girls are on diets (Sardula et al., 1993; Rosen & Gross, 1987).
  • Another study found that 46% of 9-11 year olds are sometimes or very often on diets (Gustafson-Larson & Terry, 1992).
  • And, another researcher discovered that 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls surveyed reported wanting to be thinner (Collins, 1991).

The Big Deal About Dieting: What You Should Know

  • Dieting rarely works. 95% of all dieters regain their lost weight and more within 1 to 5 years.
  • Dieting can be dangerous:
    • "Yo-yo" dieting (repetitive cycles of gaining, losing, & regaining weight) has been shown to have negative health effects, including increased risk of heart disease, long-lasting negative impacts on metabolism, etc.
    • Dieting forces your body into starvation mode. It responds by slowing down many of its normal functions to conserve energy. This means your natural metabolism actually slows down.
    • Dieters often miss out on important nutrients. For example, dieters often don’t get enough calcium, leaving them at risk for osteoporosis, stress fractures, and broken bones.
    • Dieters often experience physical consequences such as:
      • loss of muscular strength and endurance
      • decreased oxygen utilization
      • thinning hair
      • loss of coordination
      • dehydration and electrolyte imbalances
      • fainting, weakness, and slowed heart rates
  • Dieting also impacts your mind. When you restrict calories you restrict your energy, which in turn can restrict your brainpower.
    • Medical studies indicate that people on diets have slower reaction times and a lesser ability to concentrate than people not on a diet.
    • All of the stress and anxiety about food and weight that preoccupy dieters actually can consume a portion of a dieters’ working memory capacity.
    • Numerous studies link chronic dieting with feelings of depression, low-self-esteem and increased stress.
  • Dieting can lead to an eating disorder.
    • Many studies and many health professionals note that patients with eating disorders were dieting at the time of the development of their eating disorder.
    • Dieting may not cause an eating disorder, but the constant concern about body weight and shape, fat grams and calories can start a vicious cycle of body dissatisfaction and obsession that can lead all too quickly to an eating disorder.
Tired of DIE-ting? Try Living!!!

  • Just imagine all of the time and energy you could save for other activities and interests in your life if you decided to stop dieting.
  • We all need to take care of our bodies and make sure that we are fueling them with a nutritional balance of foods, but we don’t need to let the way our body curves or doesn’t curve determine how we feel about ourselves or how we live our lives.
  • Next time the dieting desire crosses your mind, take a time-out. Think about the reasons why you want to lose weight. Are they really worth it? Think about the potential dangers of dieting. And, most of all, take the time to remember that you are worth so much more than what you weigh!

Information provided by National Eating Disorders Association

Sunday, January 6, 2008

What's a gal to do?

I was over a Junkfood Science the other day, catching up on some of my blog reading. Sandy had few posts that I had missed earlier.

The first two ask the question, Do Diets Work? The answer is a resounding NO. The third goes into detail about how Americans as a whole are actually more active now than in the past.

In reading these and going back to read my own post about the failure of exercise to help you lose weight. I wonder what people are suppose to do to actually lose weight and keep it off.

I'm the queen of diets, have been on everything under the sun. I dieted myself right up to nearly 400 pounds. I have always been an active person, even lugging around those nearly 400 pounds.

So why couldn't I lose weight? Why did it take me having WLS to finally be able to shed those pounds? We all know regain is possible even after WLS.

Shedding the weight is easy. There are any number of weight loss products and diets to help with that. Even that stupid vLCD developed by Heidi Diaz, known as the Kimkins Diet, works to help you lose weight. Eating less food than a person in a concentration camp kinda has that effect on you. But you'll regain and more along with it. In one of Sandy's posts above she talks of a follow-up done on a vLCD. Of all the people in the study, only 25 actually stuck with it. Then all of those had regained their weight within two years.

Diets don't work. Exercise doesn't work. Even bariatric surgery doesn't work. Then you have that whole "obesity paradox" thing going on. You can read about that here:

Now what?? Just what IS a gal to do?

How about, first, just accepting who you are. Then for your health's sake, change the way you eat. Give up all that processed food. The less steps a food has to go through before it reaches your table the better. As for veggies, buy local first and foremost. Also, when it comes to veggies, if you can't eat it raw, don't eat it cooked. Just a hint--potatoes are poisonous if eaten raw. The old saying about shopping on the outer aisles of the stores doesn't quite ring true anymore. Most stores now have their bakery and deli on the outer edges. Yet the veggies, meat and dairy are there also.

As for exercise, do it for the feel good hormones. And no, you don't have to run out and buy an expensive gym membership or even a slew of exercise videos or exercise equipment. How about just cranking up the music and dancing with your kids. Get outside and run with your favorite furbaby.

Will I be successful at my weight loss this go round? Who knows? All I know is I eat differently now than ever before. Plus I don't even think about it. It just is.

I'm not on a diet. I'm LIVING.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Heidi Wins An Award

Consumer News, Advice & Commentary
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Avaritia Facit Bardus

"Greed Makes You Stupid"

WINNER! Week of 12/30/2007


For reckless disregard of everything and everyone that stands between her and a fast buck, Consumerama hereby force-feeds Kimmer and her company this week's NMRoM Award!

Don't it just kinda get you right here.....

Healthy, Safe Low Carbing

In case you haven't realized yet, the vLCD supported by Heidi Diaz is not safe. I refuse to call it the Kimkins Diet anymore. The Kimkins Diet never existed. Just like I refuse to call Heidi Diaz, Kimmer. Kimmer never existed either. But on to the topic of this post.

A wonderful blogger, Jenny has made a new post today about following low carb eating the safe way. Check it out here:

Diabetes Update: Safe Low Carb Dieting for Weight Loss

While you're at it, check out these other sites:

What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes
Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes
Jenny's Low Carb Facts and Figures
Diabetes In Control. A free weekly diabetes newsletter for Medical Professionals
Diabetes Update: Happy New Year - And Welcome to National Diet Month!

So lose weight the right way. If support is what you are looking for, there are many, many, many FREE support sites. Give them a whirl. Never fork over money to a self proclaimed diet guru who can't lose weight herself.

Kimkins Scam
Kimkins Class Action Lawsuit
Diary of a Mad Housewife
Kimkins Diet Review