Well I guess it’s time to come out of hiding and set some records straight. It seems the Fascination Thread is all a glow these days with one particular “supporter” of the Kimkins diet. Wow, so nice to see someone stand their ground and defend their WOE even when there is proof if it’s dangers.
Let me tell my story again with a little more insight.
I too was a very strong supporter of KK in the beginning. Check my posts over there, I was over 700+…loving the diet, supporting others and Kimmer. Eating between 100 – 500 calories as Kimmer suggested for her KE Plan, not having any hunger at all for the first time in my life (wow, what a feeling!). Made it so easy to go lower and lower.
One day, one of my group asked about the pictures of Kimmer. Well, I agreed they didn’t look like the same person so I posted a thread asking if they were they same person. Not knowing much about PMs and not know we could even PM Kimmer, I put it in the Ask Kimmer thread. Needless to say I got reamed a new one. Not only by posters but by Admin’s and a very lovely PM from the Kimmer herself.
At the time, guess I was one of the “lucky” ones as I did not get banned right away for it. How did I know that Cutie (sorry…just had to put you here, Cutie, lol) had been banned for the same thing just a short time before? Lol Anyway, I told Kimmer that it was an innocent question and if she felt it was so bad to just delete the thread. At the time, she did not (it is now gone).
Even after that I was still a firm believer in the WOE, losing weight every day and loving it and so far, feeling good (I thought). But, in the back of my head there was this little thing telling me there was something wrong with the “reaction” I got from Kimmer and her Admin’s. You know, that little voice that says something is just not right here? In addition to Kimmer PMing me, she also PM’d one of my group about the controversial pictures. In her PMs, we noticed she was “quoting” comments from OUR PM’s which she said your private and no one but us had access too. Another ummmm moment. Shortly after that, we moved to another site to support each other.
I continued to follow KK for another month as I was seeing results. What I wasn’t seeing and some of the things I wasn’t associating with the diet were things I didn’t want to see or know.
Now I’m not new to dieting. I have been overweight sense I was 5 years old. I’ve followed every diet known to man (and women, lol) and trust me…some may have not been a lot healthier than the KK one. But….never in my life have I had health problems with them.
My first and scariest sign of a problem, other than having to “force” myself to eat a meal (signs of an ED??), was the hair starting to come out. Now, being a fat lady and not having much about myself I liked, I did have nice hair! So you can imagine my dismay when I started losing it. I’m not talking about a little bit of hair falling out; I’m talking about it by the handfuls.
This is when I joined the FWK threads and learned a lot more about low cals, etc., than I ever wanted to know. I was shocked at what I learned. Well, that was the end of KK for me.
After stopping KK and now looking back, I can see things I did not notice while following that WOE. One was, it was very difficult to even try to eat more….signs of an ED. Scary…never thought I could be overweight and have an ED. I started forcing myself to try to eat more. There was the occasional wanting to binge too. At the time I didn’t realize the problem with the menstrual cycle stuff. I have been going through menopause for several years now and had progressed into the beautiful Night Sweats. These would wake me up every two hours just dripping, etc. Well, about a month into KK, these sweats stopped! Wow, I was finally over with menopause! What a relief! NOT! After getting off of KK and resuming a “normal” life if you will….the night sweats came back with a vengeance. Worse than I even had before. Not fun. So you see, at the time I had not associated it with following the diet.
I also put back on 20 lbs of the weight I had lost even though I was then following Atkins and watching my carbs and still only taking in 20 or less. What was this? It has been very hard for me to get my head around dieting again. Nightmares of going to low, losing hair, binging, starving, etc. All signs of following KK.
Yes, it works…..starvation works!! Only problem is….it is not without problems. Maybe not right away, but they will show and if you are smart enough to recognize where they came from, you are one smart cookie. Oh, did I mention the messed up metabolism and muscle loss? I lost so much muscle in my left arm that it caused rotator cuff problems from the strain and I have to have surgery next month to try to repair some of the damage and try to get the strength back. Yep, loved the diet!! I can count my blessings that it was not my heart!! So I guess I’m lucky that way.
So God Bless all of you who are losing weight on KK and loving it. I only wish you the best. I do notice that those of you, who have been successful on it, really do not follow it the way it was written. Those of you who say when Heidi says “only enough fat to make it work” really means you can have more than a “sprits” because it “works” for you. Those of you have added those olives, nuts, puddings, etc., because Heidi now allows it. Yep, Atkins did too. So you see….if you are adding that stuff, you are not really following Kimkins. Kimmer added that stuff AFTER she got caught with the lawsuit and HAD to change her diet to protect her millions. If you notice, she can’t even lose on her own diet…never could, never will.
While I’m on a roll here, let me address the lawsuit where a lot of you say people are only in it for the money. The lawsuit was started due to Heidi not honoring the lifetime membership she promoted. Defrauding people out of their money and not returning it when she every so politely banned them. Yeah, she now offers money back, why? Because her lawyer told her too. If she had her way…she’d keep it all. In addition to the fraud, the was the knowledge of the dangers of this WOE she was promoting. The people who joined the lawsuit under the guise of getting a refund as it was a valid excuse for a lawsuit, more than anything preferred to see the dangerous site shut down. Does John T. deserve his money? Dang right! He put a lot of time into the lawsuit. Are the Plaintiffs looking for money? NO!! The Plaintiffs want to save a life (or two). Hind site is 20/20 and even though those of you still there, still loosing weight, and still believing the lies will one day look back and say “wow, how could I have been so stupid as to not see the fraud and damage this WOE has caused?”
Again…Bless you and I only pray for your continued success and health.
(DISCLAIMER: To all of you English experts out there….I apologize for the spelling and grammar errors, lol. I’m the first to admit, I’m horrible at it all…live with it…the whole point is the story.)