Hiedi Diaz and Kimkins year end review

Having lived through this past year following the Kimkins Scam from the frontlines—you would think not much has happened. You would be wrong.

Cleo was good enough to give us a rundown of the year.

The Lighter Side of Low-Carb: 2008: A Kimkins Year in Review

Let’s not forget all the wonderful publicity Heidi has gained for herself:

Diet Scams: Top 10 Worst Diets of 2008

3. Kimkins. Gives sketchy advice like super-low calorie levels and also laxatives (eeek!), but finding out that the diet’s supposed inventor and biggest success story actually weighs over 300 pounds must have been très awkward.

A Roundup of the Top News Stories in Diet and Food from 2008

This year also saw a lot of scandal around the Kimkins Diet, a plan called a hoax starvation diet by people now involved in a class-action lawsuit against the founder of the diet plan, Heidi Diaz (also known as Kimmer, who claimed to have lost 198 pounds on the plan but really used pictures from a Russian mail order bride website as her after pictures).

Diaz in turn filed a lawsuit against people she says sullied her name and interfered with her business, and Woman’s World magazine apologized for featuring the diet plan in its pages.

Corona woman’s diet program given low marks | Inland News | PE.com | Southern California News | News for Inland Southern California

A Corona woman’s Internet-based weight-loss program has been named the worst diet product of 2008 by a healthy-eating Web site.

In announcing winners of its 20th annual Slim Chance Awards, the Healthy Weight Network — an online forum for health care professionals, researchers and consumers — said the Kimkins low-fat, low-carb diet amounts to a “starvation diet” that deprives members of many nutrients.

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Kimkins Diet Update

Last year I reported quite a bit about a supposed “low-carb diet” that was making quite a lot of news, called Kimkins. It turned out to be an unhealthy, dangerous diet that has generated a class action lawsuit. I wrote a review of the Kimkins diet in 2007, and then followed up on it with more information as it became available, including reporting on multiple types of fraud perpetrated by the owner, Heidi Diaz.

Unfortunately, the wheels of justice turn slowly, and the Kimkins site is still up. I checked in on it recently, and although there are a few minor changes in the diets offered by Kimkins, the essential diet, and my objections to it, remain unchanged.

Low-Carb Lifestyle Examiner: And the ‘Worst Product’ of the year diet award goes to…Kimkins!

One of the chapters of that book will be on the Kimkins diet scam.

After promoting this diet on my blog for months because it seemed to be helping people find their path to genuine weight loss, I realized thanks to the gentle nudge of some friends who delved deeply into the Kimkins plan that this was nothing more than a “starvation diet” that was encouraging lower and lower calories while cutting out the fat and the carbohydrates and promoting its members take laxatives (what was known as “the plan behind the plan”). EEEEK! This was so shocking to me that I wrote an open apology to my readers for exposing them to this dangerous diet scheme.

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Consumer Health Digest, December 23, 2008

Slim Chance Awards issued. Frances M. Berg, M.S., who operates the Healthy Weight Network has issued the 20th annual set of “Slim Chance Awards” to weight-loss scheme promoters. Her 2008 picks are:

Worst product: Kimkins diet. Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz promised loss of up to 5% of body weight in 10 days. She also claimed to have lost 198 pounds in 11 months and showed before-and-after pictures that turned out to be fakes. Many users developed chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability, and menstrual irregularities caused by the near-starvation (500 calorie per day) diet.

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Denver Low-Carb Examiner: New Year’s diet plans: Resolve not to get ripped off

Membership Websites: There are online sites that charge you to join to get access to their diet plans, discussion forums and recipe sites. Some charge per month while others offer a lifetime membership. The problem with these sites is you can’t see what the plan is until you’ve already ponied up the cash to join. You have no way to evaluate the quality of the information being offered, or if the dietary advice you are getting is even medically safe or sound.

In one well publicized case, a woman running a diet site claimed to have lost 198 pounds in a year, and maintained her weight loss for over 5 years. Her site offered the way to lose weight “just like her” if you paid $59.95. After an investigation prompted by a disgruntled business partner and upset members who were denied access to the site after paying for the “lifetime” membership, it was revealed that the diet’s founder was, in fact, over 300 lbs. She had not lost 198 pounds. Her “after” photo she used on her site and in an issue of Women’s World magazine was lifted from a Russian Bride website. Not only was her photo faked, several other “success” stories were fictitious, their photos also coming from Russian dating sites. (more) This diet founder is now the target of a lawsuit for her fraud as well as health problems experienced by those who followed her plan.

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‘Worst’ diet promotions of the year | Julie’s Health Club – Where alternative and mainstream health meet

WORST PRODUCT – Kimkins diet. Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz charged users access to her Internet diet, claiming they could lose up to 5 percent of weight in 10 days safely and permanently. Essentially it is a starvation diet, and members complained of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations and menstrual irregularities. Eleven are now suing Diaz.

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Fraud and Quackery

To call 2008 a typical year in the weight loss field would be too easy. This year’s awards go to an infamous huckster of diet infomercials, known for his outrageous disregard of injunctions against him; $139 body-shaping jeans impregnated with substances that supposedly reduce cellulite; a pill that’s “proven” to help your belly fat vanish; and a dangerous starvation diet launched recklessly on the Internet with promises of safe, fast and permanent weight loss.

WORST PRODUCT: Kimkins diet. It must have seemed an easy way to get rich quick. Founder Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz set up a website and charged members a fee to access the Kimkins diet, boasting they could lose up to 5 percent of their body weight in 10 days. “Better than gastric bypass,” there was “no faster diet,” and in fact she herself had lost 198# in 11 months. Stunning “after” photos were displayed. In June 2007 Women’s World ran it as a cover story, and that month alone PayPal records show the Kimkins site took in over $1.2 million. Then users began complaining of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability and menstrual irregularities. This was not surprising since Kimkins is essentially a starvation diet, down to 500 calories per day and deficient in many nutrients (appallingly, laxatives are advised to replace missing fiber). In a lawsuit, 11 former members are uncovering a vast record of Diez’s alleged fraud. They found that the stunning “after” photos, including one of Kimmer herself, had been lifted from a Russian mail order bride site. According to a deposition reported by Los Angeles TV station KTLA, Diaz admitted using fake pictures, fake stories and fake IDs, and a judge has allowed the litigants to freeze some of her assets.

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Kimkins: Does Kimkins Work?

With the amount of controversy surrounding this diet, it is a wonder that the website still operates or that anyone would sign up for the plan.

Kimkins was founded by ‘Kimmer’, a formerly obese woman who claimed to have lost 200lbs in a year by following her own low-carb, high-protein diet. She developed a diet plan based on her own experience and built a whole Kimkins empire, including diet program, e-book and Kimkins products. The diet appears to have had an enormous amount of followers who seem to have achieved substantial amounts of weight loss. However, there is a very dark side to this ‘success story’ which has recently been exposed through a number of online dieting sites, forums and even news media.

The controversy concerns the fact that not only is Kimkins extremely low calorie, to the point where some have described it as a starvation diet, but that ‘Kimmer’, whose real name is Heidi Diaz, never actually lost the amount of weight as claimed, and, judging by recently taken photos, is certainly still obese. Added to this is the fact that ‘Kimmer’ has no professional qualifications as a dietician or nutritionist but continues to take money from overweight individuals desperate to lose weight in whatever way possible.

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Worst Product — Kimkins diet. Five percent body weight gone in 10 days if you pay a fee on-line for the Kimkins diet plan. Turns out founder Heidi Diaz admitted using fake pictures and stories to promote this starvation diet, leading some to complain of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability and menstrual irregularities. Yes, there’s a lawsuit.

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That’s Fit

Worst Product — Kimkins diet. Five percent body weight gone in 10 days if you pay a fee on-line for the Kimkins diet plan. Turns out founder Heidi Diaz admitted using fake pictures and stories to promote this starvation diet, leading some to complain of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability and menstrual irregularities. Yes, there’s a lawsuit.

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This is just the type of publicity I love to see.

Scare Tactics

Poor old Heidi has stooped to a new low. She has now filed a cross complaint against a whole slew of people. Yeah right ….like they are really shaking in their collective shoes.

She wants damages!!!!

I about fell out my seat when I read that garbage.

I’ve been in this consumer activist game for a very long time. Nothing beng done by anyone is the antiKK camp comes close to many of the other activist groups. We are all fully in our rights to continue to spread the word.

Her aim was intimidation.

Guess what Heidi….it backfired.

You’ve got people even more determined to bring you and your site down.

As for the supposed “hush” of the antikk bloggers…….

You have no idea whats going on behind the scenes…….  :evil grin:

Kimkins Member Wants Proof

There has been an interesting exchange going on in the comments section. I want to pull them up in a post for all to see.

Costa says:

Not all of the people on that site are bad, there is one that you have claimed to be a bad person…but the rest of the people on there are people just like you and me. They have families, and jobs. And care about each other, if you would post the majority of the threads you would see that, even kimmer will type inspirational comments to people. She is a very small part of Kimkins, so please get a life…and a job. This probly doesn’t pay you very well, does it?

From A look back…., 2008/04/20 at 4:20 PM

2big4mysize says:

costa
you are missing the big picture. The kimkins.com site is about the nutritionally dangerous eating plan created by Kimmer sold by kimmer, falsely sold by kimmer based on her 198 pound weight loss and the over 34 fake success stories using before and after pic from the russian bridal sites, and now being supported by folk like you.

One would not say the position of the Skinheads nor the KKK is but a small part of those groups even thought the folk who are members have families and jobs and care a lot about their fellow skinheads or KKK members. The same applies to any group that is put together to harm folk. and the EDs and health issues from following a nutritionally bankrupt diet plan do harm folk.

From A look back…., 2008/04/21 at 12:23 PM

Costa says:

Very strange, I posted a reply and it was not listed on here, hummmm????
Anyway, my membership was based on the Kimkins members who are no longer on the site. Not on Kimmer.
And also, speaking of groups such as KKK or skinheads, or Anti KK groups or Kimkins members…are the Anti KK’s out to harm people? I do believe that the KKK and Skinheads are totally different than the Kimkins or Anti KK groups, so not a good comparison, sorry.
I want stats, I want documentation, I want to see cases of illnesses that have been caused solely on the bases of the Kimkins way of eating, not genetics or hereditary conditions that were worsened…I want facts, people keep saying it is dangerous, but no one says why and what has happened to them on this diet other than wt loss, and one person with palpitations..I got those with my “change of life”. If you want to make a point to all current Kimkins members, that you need to post actual things that actual people have faced. Something that will make us think, rather than “its an unhealthy way of eating”, this just makes me defensive.

Costa—if you left a post it gets put up right then. I do not moderate posts on this blog. The spam catcher will pull posts with too many links in them. When you hit that submit button–it will show immediately if you don’t see it, it did not take. If it gets sent to moderation for whatever reason, it will say specifically awaiting moderation.—-BG

From A look back…., 2008/04/22 at 6:41 PM

2big4mysize says:

I have no idea where your post went. I didn’t see it though.

Actually my analogy is fine. ASny group you would not feel comfortable being a part of can be used for making the comparison I could have said replubicans and democrates since this is an election yr. The point is the site sells a dangerous nutrtionally bankrupt plan and just cause members got families and friends doesn’t mean the site is okay to hang out on since by being a member of a group your approval of the purpose of the group is inferred. the purpose of the kimkins.con site is to promote the diet. By being a member and posting about losing weight following the plan you are also helping to sell the plan to new folk.

Have you sat down with your doctor and discussed the portion sizes of the veggies fats and proteins? have you discussed the lack of exercise? the lack of calories? Have you discussed the plan as written by Kimmer with a nutrtionist even a low carb following nutrtionist who understands ketosis? They can explain to you what ailments you will be facing from doing Kimkins.

did Kimmer commision a study on the health effects of her eating plan? Nope so I doubt you will see any documentation of all the problems following the plan will cause, but you can read the stories of over 100 former KK followers who had health realated issues after doing the plan on the Kimkins survivors site.

Costa the human body has a need daily for fats. Certain types of fats are not stored in fat cells nor can the human body manufactor them so they like essential amino acids must be consumed daily. There are no warnings on the Kimkins.con site the plan being too low in those. Certain vitamins are called fat soluble because they can only be disolved in fats and the human body will only absorb them if fats are present in the diet in amounts needed for their absorption.
Since any posts about this type of info gets deleted on kimkins.con site new folk and those who were not on site reading the topic it was posted in before it got deleted never learn from the kimkins.con site about this. you can swallow all the mulit-VPs you want but without fats in the diet those vits will not be absorbed.
I discussed with Tippy Toes the health issues of eating the plan on my blog 2big4mysize.wordpress.com if you want to check some of them out or you could do a little research into a conditon called rabbit starvation, and the effects of low carb low cal on thyroids as studied by Brohda Barnes to get your started on the negative health aspects of following the kimkins plan.

From A look back…., 2008/04/22 at 7:23 PM

Costa says:

I did look into your site, and to the site Kimkins survivors, but did not read them all. I was mainly seeing slams and that distracts from any harmful or helpful as you would say, information. I have the “want” to this information, but without all of the negative. I do feel that if they have all of this info, and the way it is said they have enough to shut this site down, these blogs to pull more people in are really not needed. If there are health issues, and people are dying, this should be top priority, and should be shut down. What is the hold up? That also makes me wonder about the information thats out there. If it is so dangerous, why can’t they shut it down, or freeze it so no new members can join? Maybe some of the stories that you have read aren’t all due to Kimkins, ??

From A look back…., 2008/04/23 at 4:08 AM

2big4mysize says:

the wheels of justice move slowly, but the FCC, and CA AJ are investigating as are other agencies so it will get shut down BUT in the mean time the blogs get placed on the search engines so somebody looking for information on Kimkins will not get sucked into the kimpire without seeing any information about the dangers of the diet as over 30,000 were in June of 07 after the only info out there was affiliates and kimkins.con
Have you looked into the EFAs missing from the diet as written? have you looked at the need for dietary fats? Have you discussed the kimkins plan with your doctor in detail and not saying I’m eating lean proteins and low carb veggies, but with the actual serving sizes of those veggies and limited amounts and the fact use of fats is discouraged? Has Kimmer stopped advocating the use of salad spritzers as the dressing of choice? Is she now saying to use nontransfats in your cooking? or is she still saying use a spray of Pam? I noticed she did add a serving of dairy with the nonfat yogurt but again the fats are missing.

Has Kimmer ever had a dietician or nutrtionist endorse her plan on the site? I sure have never seen anything close.

Dr Mark last fall was posting stuff for folk to eat that was not allowed on the diet in his nutrtion recommendations.

So if it takes the bloggers and the FWK topic to inform folk about the dangers and keep them from becoming the next victim on the survivor page until Kimkins.con becomes a 404 error page then we will just have to keep posting information about her and the plan.

From A look back…., 2008/04/23 at 4:06 PM

Costa says:

I take it you are a professional, and I want you to tell me as a Dr what I will experience, healthwise in the near future. No I did not tell my Dr details, I told him of a great number of lbs lost in a very short amount of time and my concern that it may have an effect on my heart, and that I lost it eating an extremely low amount of carbs, my exact words. He had no concern and didn’t feel the need to know more, he has been my dr since I was a child, I do trust him an feel he would have been alarmed if he felt the need. Small community and close relationships with everyone. And I openly would have told him everything that I’ve eaten or not eaten.
And I used the spray Pam prior to Kimkins, so why not use it on plan as well? And salad spritzer, I use on occasion, but prefer good ole Ranch, fork dipped of course, and that is wrong?
Kimmer is no more of a specialist than you or I, and the advice should not be unhealthy, but I prefer to leave it up to the professionals and you should too.
If it is meant to be the site will be shut down, or closed to new members till this suit is settled. But until then there will continue to be new members regardless of what these blogs post….as they also feel the way I do, show me something in stone, or shut the site down, if you can’t do that than maybe you don’t have accurate info to do either

From A look back…., 2008/04/23 at 5:59 PM

Who wants to respond to Costa????

Your turn…..

A look back….

The TRUTH has shared some old pm’s from inside the Kimpire. They a disturbing to say the least.

Heidi once again proves what a complete unqualified person she is.

For those Kimkins members who might read those posts, I want to make 2 things very clear:

  1. Search any pro-ana site and you will find the very same comments being shared.
  2. The thing with the laxatives. You have to put something in to get something out.

This is the Heidi that got me involved in this. I started to do a complete rundown on what is wrong with her posts. Decided to do the condensed version instead.

HEIDI IS NOT QUALIFIED TO GIVE ADVICE.

SHE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL SHE IS TALKING ABOUT.

NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING SHE POSTS.

I’ll leave you with this quote:

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi

Here’s the latest from the captain of the Kimtanic:

Re:”I’m a Kimkins Newbie” Challenge 2008! 2 Hours, 15 Minutes ago

Kimmer:
“I don’t believe in starvation mode (you can read more in my blog). The whole point of gastric surgery or Lapband is to drastically cut calories. There was a woman on the Joy Luck Club (Today Show) recently who lost 125+ lbs after gastric surgery. Her surgeon was on the show with her. She is now a size 2 and described what she eats: 2-3 oz of protein first, then a small amount of veggies. If she’s full after a few ounces of protein, she passes on the veggies. Her example of how many asparagus she could eat was 2-4, plus a multivitamin.

“Last night I heard part of the show “I Can Make You Thin” on TLC. He also mentioned that metabolism is not rigid, it’s flexible and rises and falls according to activity level and personal “build in” metabolism. This is what I’ve said for years. When you reduce calories your metabolism drops, but not drastically. When you reach goal and begin eating more, your metabolism will raise, but people need to eat less at goal. This is a shocker for some people. They didn’t “break” their metabolism — their body may be 50, 100, 200 pounds lighter. A 125 lb body needs much less “energy” (calories) than a 325 lb body.”

“Dr. Johnny Bowden is respected in the diet industry. He wrote in an article suggesting women can lose and maintain on 1250-1400 calories a day — men 1800.”

“Don’t force low calories, just eat clean … eat according to appetite. Be sure to take a good quality multivitamin (I like Centrum). Dr. Oz on Oprah suggested splitting the multivitamin in half because our bodies don’t process a mass dose of vitamins all at once.”
“The “tons of energy” is ketosis. Ain’t it great!”

Heidi, Heidi, Heidi…..

As par for the course she is spreading her brand of nutritional knowledge. Not that any of it is true. I don’t want to get into all the untruths in the above statements. I would just like to address the points on WLS.

Are you ready for a little WLS 101???

She points out the lady only eats 2 onces of protein and if she is still hungry she will eat the veggies. There is a good reason for only eating such a small portion.

YOUR FRIGGIN’ STOMACH IS NOW ONLY THE SIZE OF AN EGG!!!

FIGURE A—VERTICAL BANDED GASTROPLASTY
FIGURE B—LAP BAND
FIGURE C—ROUX-N-Y (RNY)
The graphic above gives you an idea of several types of WLS. In all of them the “pouch” is restricted to hold only a very few ounces at a time. This makes it where you are forced to limit your portion sizes. One bite too much and you have the wonderful effect of puking everything back up.

As for the lady who lost 120+ pounds, I would like to know how far out she is. In WLS speak that means how long it’s been since her surgery. Most people do grand for the first few years. The farther out they are the more weight they have gained and more complications they have had.

But this post is not about debating the pros and cons of WLS. Wander over to my personal blog to get my views on that. This is about Heidi continuing to use the WLS life as an argument for how great her plan is.

I’ve addressed this many times over the course of these past months. When comparing Kimkins vs WLS, that’s like comparing apples and oranges.

Yes, one of the points of WLS is restriction of calories. By using restrictive procedures such as the lap band and restrictive/malabsorptive procedures such as the RNY.

BUT……this is where Heidi fails….

When someone has WLS…….

YOU ARE FOLLOWED BY A WHOLE TEAM OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

You know, those people with a whole string of letters behind their name….like MD, PhD, RN, CRRN, RD, etc….someone who is actually QUALIFIED to be giving advice.

In my case alone these are the MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS I saw on a routine basis for 2 solid years and am still followed regularly by most of them.

  • PRIMARY CARE DOC
  • BARIATRIC SURGEON
  • ENT DOC
  • REGISTERED DIETITIAN
  • BARIATRIC SPECIALIST DIETITIAN
  • PSYCH DOC
  • PSYCH THERAPIST
  • GI DOC
  • BARIATRIC SUPPORT SPECIALIST

What does Kimkins offer…..a “bored housewife” with a computer and too much time on her hands.

Just to add this…..remember Heidi is reported to have had “stomach stapling” years ago……

So how’s that working for ya, Heidi……

Singinglass — are you stupid?

I read Elle’s post on Sininglass and I have to say I just about fell out of my chair laughing.

In my opinion she is just like Heidi. Her true colors have shown through time and time again. Everyone has always tried to give her the benefit of the doubt. She’d come on the LCF board doing the crying woe is me act. Many people have felt sorry for her. She’s been thrown many, many, many lifelines.

I say give it up. Stop trying to warn her. Stop trying to save her.

Some people just don’t want to be “saved”.

Not even from themselves.

The REAL Singinglass Stands Up

Singinglass finally shows the person she really is…..

Watch SingingLass Lose Project ~ 2 Hours, 43 Minutes ago

Remind me not to read any blogs or anything else out there right now. The last thing myself and my family needs right now is the crap they are spewing. It takes a lot to make me actually angry, but today I was….just with the combination of what is going on, and then their stuff….yeash. It may not be lady-like, but all I can say or show to all of that right now is a middle finger.

Like I had any doubt…….

Head over to AmyB’s blog for all the latest.