Kimkins Diet- “Watch What You Eat When on Kimkins” Reads the Marketing, But Does Watching become An Obsession?

My last blog entry showed how daily laxative use was promoted by Kimmer/Heidi Diaz at Kimkins. There appears to be a fine line that is crossed while doing the Kimkins way of eating. So the question is are you participating in an eating disorder or diet

This question is important because many who have done the kimkins diet have reported that their relationship with food has become changed in a way, that food is something to fear, and many experience cycles of binging and purging or restriction. It can become a dieting without end for many. It doesn’t teach a new way of eating but a new method of abusing food.

An excerpt from the author, Jenny Byran of Channel 4 health, explores the concept of dieting without end in her discussion of anorexia and binging.

Few of the women who have shared their experiences with us intended to lose huge amounts of weight. Either they dieted because they were a little overweight and never came off the diet. Or they were afraid to eat normally in case they ballooned in size. Some never weighed themselves and were unaware of how thin they had become until it was too late. Others found calorie counting the only way they could take control of their lives.

Today, some recognise they have a problem and want very much to get better. A few have succeeded. Others live within rigid boundaries, barely maintaining a weight that will keep them alive….[…]……

Anorexia can also do permanent damage to many parts of the body, and this can start long before there is significant weight loss. At the very least, people who do not eat enough feel dizzy and cold, become confused and get stomach pains and constipation. Muscle weakness not only affects their mobility, it can affect internal muscles, such as those which control bladder and bowel movements, and may lead to incontinence

Young women with anorexia have hormonal changes which stop their periods and may make them infertile. These hormone changes may also make their bones brittle – a condition called osteoporosis. In healthy women, this doesn’t normally occur until after the menopause, but it can affect women with anorexia much earlier and more severely, leading to broken bones and disability.

Anorexia damages the blood and immune systems. So people become anaemic and find it hard to fight infection. In time, anorexia can lead to kidney failure and heart problems which can be fatal. Others just become so weak that they are killed by a relatively minor infection.

A growing proportion of women with anorexia use vomiting, laxatives and slimming pills to help reduce their weight and these can cause additional health problems

In today’s society almost every woman you talk to has been on a “diet” at some point in her life. So how can a diet change your relationship with food? I think when someone battling their weight achieves fast weight loss with little hunger, as seen with Kimkins, they become afraid to gain the weight back. But the problem is the only tool they have for losing weight is the one the diet taught them, which is technically starvation, abuse of laxatives and/or fasting.

Then the inner struggle begins. It becomes a toss up of gaining the weight back or continue the unhealthy lessons learned. The dieter hasn’t learned a healthy way of eating. Since the weight loss was achieved with the constant attention to the scale and “watching what they eat”, remember-each leaf of lettuce counts, a self-destructive obsession with food has been taught. The result is a cycle of binging and restricting, because the Kimkins diet lesson teaches, that one’s relationship with food is to avoid it, but when the body finally can’t any longer that is when the binging occurs. This is often followed by immense guilt and a determination to even eat less on the next cycle of restriction.

What’s a gal to do? I mean if you want to lose weight and get healthy, then how can you know when things are crossing into the realm of disorderly eating? If your way of eating is more like being on a rollercoaster of dieting and binging and one which takes you from being underweight to obese, then you need to rethink your way of eating. Are you using purging as a form of weight control? Do you use laxatives on a daily basis?

Here is a chart to review. Some of them may apply to you-
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source: disorderly eating

The next question for many may be what can I do to get help or what can I do to help? You can start by researching information and get reach out to get help at the websites listed below.

Another way to help is to stop Heidi and Kimkins from being allowed to teach people a dangerous method of weight control. This can be done by using your voice to spread the word about the dangers of this WOE. You can also become active in completing forms to various agencies. Click on my “help” tab above found here- HELP and by visiting Just say “No” to Kimkins for a list of how you can help.

To read more blog articles on disordered eating visit Kimkins Diet Review

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10 Responses

  1. […] Several bloggers have posted very powerful pages about this issue. Thank you Medusa, Kimorexia, BamaGal, Marisol, Honeybee and all the others who posts I might have missed  The message about kimkins.com and eating disorders is not to be missed. http://2medusa.blogspot.com/2008/01/urgent-kimkins-member-needs-help.html http://2medusa.blogspot.com/2008/01/urgent-kimkins-member-needs-help.html http://kimorexia.blogspot.com/2008/01/plea-for-help-what-if-my-friend-shows.html Psychological consequences of food restriction from pinch of blog Kimkins Diet- “Watch What You Eat When on Kimkins” Reads the Marketing, But Does Watching become… […]

  2. […] Here’s another interesting post I read today by honeybeesblog […]

  3. Thanks Honeybee, lots of thought provoking information here!

  4. I have recently been perusing some of the thinspiration videos on youtube and it is unbearably sad that people will try to fight their body’s need for food and deny their hunger until they look like concentration camp victims. Being thin is more important to them than staying alive.

    I think you bloggers are all doing wonderful work on this subject.

  5. You said, “many who have done the kimkins diet have reported that their relationship with food has become changed in a way, that food is something to fear, and many experience cycles of binging and purging or restriction.” This is so true! It’s all over the Have you seen the Kimkins Diet Survivors blog. The physical symptoms you mentioned are all over the survivors blog as well.
    This is NOT something to mess around with. Please, please say no to Kimkins. It’s life or death. Really.

  6. […]  https://honeybeesblog.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/kimkins-diet-watch-what-you-eat-when-on-kimkins-reads-… […]

  7. […] “eating low” videos, those are a product as well. They will literally help you watch what you eat when on Kimkins. She doesn’t charge for them, but she easily could charge for her forum and make the video […]

  8. […] “eating low” videos, those are a product as well. They will literally help you watch what you eat when on Kimkins. She doesn’t charge for them, but she easily could charge for her forum and make the video […]

  9. Hello all,

    I’m currently researching various weight loss programs and courses.

    So, if you don’t mind please answer in this topic: What’s your single most important question about weight loss?

    Cheers, JD

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