Kimkins Informative - Morbidly Obese Diet Guru Charges People Money to Starve Them

Review by BamaGal on 2008-01-21
CORONA, CALIFORNIA -- Sound stranger than fiction?

It's not. It's strange, but only because it's true. Who else could fabricate the story of a California divorced mother of two who sold people a dream based on a very low calorie diet and a seductive woman in a red dress?

Kimmer, whose real name is [snip], took the Diet World by storm when Woman's World magazine published her story. [snip] claimed to have lost 198 pounds in 11 months and has kept it off.

Or so the claims went.

Kimkins.com grew to tens of thousands of members, each shelling out $60 to find out the secret which make Kimmer thin, only to find the dream they were paying for turned out to be a nightmare.

One Kimkins.com member, named Susan, states: "I sent my diet log personally to Kimmer/Heidi and was instructed to reduce my calories (running around 700 at the time) and my protein "If I wanted faster losses." When I was a member on KimKins, I complained that I was stalling due to starvation mode and was chastized that there was no such thing! All I had to do was lower my calories further!"

Between very low caloric advice being meted out by people running the website, others were being led to use laxatives, some actually fighting a new addiction as a result of advise.

From LaurieB: "I have all my life had problems with bowel elimination but now it was on-existent. I tried the Epsom Salt drink that Kimmer recommended to get things going and that didn't work for me.
Realistically in my head I said - nothing in = nothing out.. but I didn't get it. I bought into the "laxatives aren't addicting" advice that was freely given on kimkins.com. When I went on vacation early August of last year - I got so constipated I resorted to taking EX-LAX - there it started. I was using EX-LAX almost daily and realized that it couldn't be good, so I went to Smooth Move tea, a natural alternative LOL¦ Daily¦ sometimes twice - from August 2006 until last Monday July 23 - I drank the tea almost every day and a few times would take an EX-LAX or two in addition if things weren't moving. I was ADDICTED"

Kimkins is not only problematic in these respects, but new evidence shows that questionable marketing techniques have been employed in an effort to bring in teenagers and young people.

Promises of Jessica Alba's adherence to the Kimkins plan was concocted in an effort to win kids--and their money-- to Kimkins.com.

From the article, "Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Anorexic,":

"This plan is known as "Kimkins," a Hello Kitty adorable (and seemingly safe) name of cute affixed to a dark way of eating that the magazine is said to have actually modified due to its insanely low caloric counts. Now appearing to be barely more balanced at 1,000 daily calories, one visit to the fitday.com accounts of any one of many dedicated followers of the plan reveals numbers anywhere from 300-600 calories per day..."

From the comments section, the author added, "I found claims and specific names of celebrities who have supposedly done Kimkins. While I don't believe these claims, I do believe this is a definite low blow in terms of advertising to children whose thinspiration tend to be people like Alba, Lohan, Paris Hilton and Beyonce who are already inexorably thin.

This website, the dangerous diet, and it's owner, [snip] have been exposed on numerous TV stations across the country. The most recent being ABC News.

Your help in warning parents, consumers and those reading here could help stop a multi-million dollar fraud in her tracks before any more damage is done.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-04-08
Posted by B. on 2008-01-21:
Don't be fooled by any weight loss crapola that you see. Their is no magic bullet. Proper diet and exercise plus lots of patience is the only formula. Also they should be sued for recomending only 300-600 calories a day. Only a small child or infant could live off those calories an adult would starve.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-21:
Well said Bargod, Best Answer as you covered it, "Their is no magic bullet".
Posted by jenjenn on 2008-01-21:
I saw this "diet" on a talk show a few weeks back. It showed pictures of "Kim," a beautiful lady. In reality, Heidi (her real name) was an obese woman...and a HOT mess. (they caught the "real" her on camera. The woman who followed this "diet" has experienced several side effects. Of course there was one woman who stood behind it because it "worked." Sad...but true. She is basically starving herself! Of course it was working!
Posted by OhYeahBabe on 2008-01-23:
It is horrible that this place is still open for business despite the owner confessing she made up the success stories and stole the photos. There are over a hundred people who have come forward to say their health has been damaged, and for each one of them there are probably a hundred more who didn't come forward, ,or just quietly quit the diet. I'm so glad Heidi Diaz raised the price to $79.95 recently. Maybe that will deter a few people. I'll be so relieved when the class action lawsuit is done!
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2008-04-08:
Using Ex-Lax, epsom salts, or other laxatives, in hopes of losing weight, can be DANGEROUS. Excessive use will cause dependence, to the point where first, you would need the laxatives in order to pass a bowel movement, then later on, you would need to use a colostomy bag to defecate because the laxative abuse causes the muscles in the anus to be atrophied. If you are dieting, lay off the laxatives!!!
Posted by ejack053824 on 2008-04-08:
Bargod is ABSOLUTELY correct!! I agree 200% with him!

Posted by ejack053824 on 2008-04-08:
Wow GenuineNerd...I'm impressed! If anyone wants to take a shyt....just eat a can of sardines and chase it down with a six pack of yoohoo. That will get you running! LMAO!!

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