For the weary. The sick. The sickened. The victims. The survivors. The mothers, sisters, loved ones.

Do not be afraid any longer.

 This is for you…

 …for your daughters, your sons, your mothers, fathers, friends…

… for those who need to see and to hear and to feel.

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15 Responses to “This is for you”

  1. Taressia said

    Thank you SO MUCH for this!

    I am a member at the Kimkins site and have been very grieved about the number of women there who have and are still suffering serious medical problems due to these very diets.

    When you first look at the plans…they seem strict but not “too” bad. But inevitably, after an initial “whoosh” there’s a slowdown in weight loss. This is when another whole level of the “diet” is pulled out by the members and the leaders…the unpublished plan.

    People go from “strict” to “even stricter” when they are highly encouraged to go as low in calories as possible…many of the “big” losers hang out around 300-500 calories daily.

    Also, because the plans don’t have much in the way of fiber to “push things through”…it’s encouraged to take laxatives daily. The owner of the site, Kimmer, even goes as far as to say that people shouldn’t be afraid to do this since recent studies show that they’re perfectly safe and not addictive after all. (omg)

    People don’t eat much, take laxatives…it’s a breeding ground for eating disorders to be triggered and/or developed. And even though people are complaining of nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations and bowel complications–they are just told to “stick it out…it’ll pass…stay tough.”

    Every day, I see friends of mine there…making poor choices and the leadership not only fails to step in and encourage healthier courses of action…they add to the climate of poor health by continuing to encourage the lower calories and laxative abuse.

    I hope as people who have left do share their stories here…that those still there will somehow come to their senses and see things for what they really are.

  2. Sammy said

    My heart goes out to you. There is a mighty group of people from LCF that are in the process of trying to bring this story of~as you put it~ “breeding ground of eating disorders” to the forefront and trying to save many from the pain that is being experienced by “followers” pf Kimkins. Hopefully programs like Dr Phil, NBC Dateline, TMZ, and others will take part (it is being brought to their attention). Hopefully any one of these will be able to shake this elusive rat from her hiding place behind the computer screen. I have never seen anything like this cult like behavior from “Kimkins” members, but the truth is starting to be told thanks to people like you. May you be able to help other members come to their senses, and know my thoughts are with you.

  3. Morgan said

    Thank you for this blog. A much needed place, a safe haven of retreat for those in harm’s way. Beautifully done.

  4. anani said

    Since July I have been watching everything unfold, thru the Low Carb forums and all of the anti-kimkins blogs etc. Mostly I have been lurking and just watching things unfold. But recently I decided that I needed to do something tangible to help stop this insanity. And speak out honestly about my own 3 month kimkins experience.

    The following is VERY difficult to admit. I didn’t come away as “unscathed” as I originally believed or let on. I have never divulged this information to anyone, but if my story helps dissuade even one person from continuing to follow kimkins then I am willing to talk about it.

    There has been a lot of talk about the many real dangers of this diet, one being the risk of developing an eating disorder or the dangers to someone with an existing one. Well I am here to testify personally that this concern holds merit.

    10 years ago [B]at the age of 40[/B] I became a SEVERE bulimic. (it’s not just a young person’s disease) I binged and purged no less than 10 times a day. I didn’t know if I was binging to purge or purging to binge. I was addicted to both. It became a life or death issue and I won’t bore you with the looong details of how I overcame it, but overcome it I did. It took time, and it had become so much a part of my past, that I hardly remembered it. That is…until Kimkins. Before starting kimkins I had developed a very healthy attitude about food and had started to reclaim my life and health through my own version of low carb (similar to South Beach) I had lost 90 pounds and had gone from being a very brittle [B]insulin dependent[/B] diabetic to being able to go off [B]all meds. [/B] But I admit I was getting a bit frustrated with the slow loss and through a series of events found the kimkins site and to my shame was seduced by the promise of fast weight loss…yada yada…you know the story.

    I never followed the plan as strictly as most, but I did drop my calories far too low. 900-1000. But I still ate 40-50 grams of fat a day. Far more than most members. I lost 26 pounds in the first month and was elated. Despite the severe dizzy spells I was beginning to experience. And yes…enormous hair loss. But something else happened that was far more insidious…I became terrified of food. I was sooo depressed one night ….because I had [B]cheated[/B]..on 6 large strawberries! (good Lord) This pattern continued and increased in it’s severity. To the point where if I felt I had eaten too much or the wrong things…I started wanting to run to the bathroom and get rid of it. I had not even come close to having this urge for over 8 years and never DREAMED I could consider it again. I am deeply ashamed to admit that I gave into that urge several times. I was starting to feel really good (emotionally) the less I managed to eat in a day. I was being lured down that very dangerous path to the PBTP. If it hadn’t been for discovering LCF and the valuable info there, who knows where I would be now. Most likely stuck fast in the “cult mentality” and continuing the damage to my health on less and less calories. While everyone patted me on my ever increasing “bony shoulders”

    I’m sorry, I know many were offended by the “cult” references that have surfaced over the last few weeks..but truly…what else can you call it…when an otherwise intelligent, educated, well read and informed woman can get seduced into doing something so [B]stupid[/B] and [B]destructive[/B] as this WOE. I am forever grateful to those who tirelessly worked to dig out the truth about this very clever charlatan.

    I am still struggling with the unhealthy attitude and fear I developed towards food, I have had no more “bathroom” episodes but I still have to fight the urge occasionally. I still fear eating more calories and have to work on that on a daily basis. It’s all good though. I am choosing to turn this into a positive experience. And take what I have learned and put it to good use. I may have less hair than I did 😉 but I am a better and stronger and hopefully smarter person. I have learned some valuable lessons and have met some truly remarkable people along the way.

    I need to state that I do take accountability for my bad choices…Kimmer didn’t hold a gun to my head, but if I had found info like this site and LCF etc. in advance of finding kimkins, I believe I never would have gone down that path. So now I want to contribute what I can to this cause and hopefully open some eyes with my story.

  5. kimkinssmith said

    You are a blessing, anani.

  6. Jen said

    I remember Kimmer from years ago,in 2004. I noticed on LCF people started having signatures that would talk about doing “Kimmers” plan and people would recommend Kimmer’s ideas left and right. It didn’t seem right to me and seemed like starvation, at best.

    She privately sent me a message after I had asked a question about her plan and she suggested I try it for one week. I did and I lost 3lbs. But, I also ended up with severe vitamin deficiencies, causing me to bruise easily and have a low platelet count. This was determined to be due to my strict, severe diet that Kimmer had told me about. (I was deficient in Vitamins C, K, and B12, not to mention everything else!)It caused me such trauma and despair, because I couldn’t believe I’d allow this to happen to my body.

    Luckily, I caught it in time, but I feel horribly for those that didn’t. My hope is she is found out and prosecuted. She’s sure got some baaaaaaaaaad karma and I’d hate to be her in the next life!

  7. Rteh said

    I joined kimkins after the womans world article and swiftly lost 40 pounds in 3 months. During this time I came to the realisation that I might be losing weight but I wasn’t living. I was dizzy and my life became sedentary due to the lack of food. My hair also started to fall out. That is when I started to cheat just to feel better for a day. If I had something planned that week I would plan a cheat to be able to cope with the activity. Yes I was eating sometimes as low as 300 cals, not every day but at times, and I was enjoying it. It was addictive. Slowly I started to realise this is not good and when christins pod cast message aired I said my farewells and left.

    I would just like to say this as I am now in a place where I can speak my mind without fear of getting banned.

    WE WERE THE KIMMER EXPERIMENT!!!!!!

    THE SUCCESS STORIES WERE FAKE SO NO-ONE HAD BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE US!!! INCLUDING KIMMER HERSELF!

    Would you purchase an experimental drug and take it knowing that the doctor was a liar and complete fraud. Knowing that side effects are starting to emerge. Knowing that yes it works but at what cost. Would you take it knowing that there is possible heart valve complications that you could lose your hair and cause irrepairable damage to your kidneys. No! So why are we doing a diet that fits the above criteria.

  8. Mariah said

    I feel like I am being just barely saved by the bell. A member of Kimkins, I am towards the beginning of my third challenge. I am losing hair in clumps, awful joint pains and dizzy/nauseous frequently. But I am addicted to seeing that scale go down.

    I discovered the fraud this evening and am immediately stopping this dangerous craziness. I hope that *itch goes to jail.

  9. Joy said

    I’m also ex-kimkims survivor, I went onto the website yesterday and was promptly booted off for suggesting they revamp their diet and change the name of their site. I was quite appalled that there were a few people concerned about Kimmer and wanted to get in touch with her and I believe it was Tippytoes giving out her email address so people could still contact her.
    I hope she gets what she deserves

  10. tina said

    Well I did the kimkins and I lost over 40 lb.I hate the fact I cant stop.I want to stop but I cant if I stop I will get fat again.I dont do it all the time witch is good.If I see the scale move then I do it so I guess I do it about a week at a time.But I am wanting to get just 30 more off.I know I sound crazy.I want to stop but this is the only way.I did atkins and got to the point I would not loose.I know I need help.No one in my family knows about this.All I get it oh you look so good and I have a mother inlaw that is the fat police and makes me feel like a pig when I eat in frount of her.I dont know what to do I am part of a message board that is still doing this and I spoke up about what was going on and everone doged on me so who knows what will happen.I just hope I dont get to sick I have lost alot of hair thank God I have alot of hair to loose
    Thanks Tina

  11. Cantstandliars... said

    I joined kimkins around December of last year. I got so sick from my first attempt that I quit after only a few days. I can’t blame that on kimkins as I’m sure it was sugar withdrawal (can happen on atkins too). BUT, I started the plan and stuck with it in March. I stayed on the plan for 2 months. After a few weeks, my emotions went flat. I didn’t feel happy, sad, anything. It was really bad. I stopped the plan as I felt I was choosing between being fat or being clinically depressed. After about 2 weeks, my hair began falling out by the hands full. My hair is thin to start with so you can imagine my panic. It didn’t stop falling out for a solid month. Fortunately, I still had hair left when it was all over with. I did have a net loss of around 10 pounds. The 18 I gained back promptly (without eating too many calories for my body) was enough to let me know that kimkins is a farse. (as if the hair loss and depression weren’t enough). Shame on you Heidi Diaz! You stuffed your pockets with the hopes of people desperate to lose weight. You suckered those who placed their trust in you. You lied to people to hide the truth about who you really are and what you are really made of. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.

  12. wackytobeme said

    Wow, I joined KimKins in June or July of ’06. In the beginning I did read posts by “kimmer” and the others, being the site was new, it was easy to keep up. I didn’t jump into the diet or forums because I was waiting to read the e-book that was promised as part of my membership. I was looking forward to all the information being in one handy place and be able to print it out so I could read it elsewhere. Well, that e-book never happened. Over the prevailing months I basically only went to the site to read the success stories. There seemed to be new ones everytime I visited.
    There was one in particular that caused me to raise my eyebrows. A “Victoria” who was a dancer and lost 18lb. She claimed to be 5’7″, which is my height and her high weight was less than my normal low weight. It seemed she was an example of the eating disorder that is prevalent in the ballet community. I kinda thought maybe it wasn’t wise for “kimmer” to post her story as it may promote anorexia…. little did I know then.
    I never really tried KimKins, but I did listen to the advice of not eating if not hungry and no such thing as starvation mode. It validated the poor habits I had developed over the years and was trying to overcome until I read her postings.
    While I know better than to trust and not verify it was very appealing and was what I wanted to hear. So even though the actual diet didn’t do me harm, some of her advice affected my thinking and I continued in bad habits which have affected my overall health.
    I was banned when I started asking about maintenance on the forums after she was publicly exposed as a fraud.
    This woman is a parasite and needs to be stopped to many have been harmed by her.

  13. Traci said

    Hello All,

    Wow your stories are heartbreaking. I’m grieved to hear of the many issues you have had with Kimkins.

    I have been on Kimkins since June of 07 and yes I lost hair (I have inreased my carbs and calories and still lose). So I went to my Dr. and discussed Kimkins with her and my hairloss. She researched kimkins and gave me a clean bill of health and assured me that as I reached my goal weight and began maintenance and increased my calories that my hairloss would stop. She was absolutely correct all of these things have corrected itself. I have realized that I have to be smart in the way I eat. What does that mean? From the time I spoke with my Dr. to present I no longer allow my calories (When I’m actually counting) to drop below 1200/1500 a day. Yes, I still lose and am much healthier. I usually have two low carb meals a day and a regular meal with my family at dinner and am still able to lose, it all has to do with portion control. I do not support taking laxatives daily to move things through. That is very dangerous!

    It is very important that you have veggies everyday. I believe with any WOE you have to listen to your body and not allow yourself to fear food. Elohim did not create food for us to fear it, He created it to sustain us.

    Thank you for your concern and your help to those who are severly wounded by this WOE, however everyone has to work smarter with ANY WOE.

    Please, understand that I’m not here to endorse all of the ways Kimkins has done things and I agree that IF this WOE of eating is taken to an extreme it can and will be detrimental to your health.

    Thank you for your blog space
    Traci

  14. rachel said

    This diet ruined my life. Before I tried Kimkins I was a normal person a bit overweight but happy. After two months on the diet and kimmer’s recommedation of drinking nothing but diet cola’s because that is the same as water!! OMG ( I feel like a complete idiot for even believing it ) I had a major migraine headache in which I was rushed to the ER. I could not breathe, move and literally thought I was dying. Two years later, I’m living with severe panic disorder due to the shock of that night. It has ruined my life. I don’t want anything for my story. The only thing I want is that fraud to pay for what she has done. She is truely an evil person and I hope she rots in jail.

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