Monday, April 7, 2008

Here we go again...

Heidi Diaz is still dispensing unqualified, hazardous advice.

These comments from Heidi Diaz were posted today at Kimkins, and quoted at LCF:

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

"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!"

I'd love to hear from people who have had weight loss surgery. Tell me, is this an accurate portrayal of how you are supposed to eat long term? What health effects are you warned to expect? How closely are you monitored? For how long are you monitored? What is the expected regain rate?

I'm really puzzled at how the respected Dr. Johnny Bowden's opinion that people can lose at more than 1200 calories a day can in any way be considered supportive of Kimmer and her 500-calorie bootcamp plan and her Kimkins 'how low can you go' Experiment? I wonder if he'd appreciate her twisted application of his knowledge this way? (I think I'll go ask him!)

How flexible does Heidi Diaz metabolism appear to be after decades of crash/binge dieting? Her Kimkins Experiment of 1 is a dismal failure, so why is she giving advice?

Here is a link to real information about eating after WLS: Heidi, Heidi, Heidi


BamaGal said...

I'm doing a post myself on this but had to answer your questions.

Of course WLS patients only eat 2oz of protein at a time. Their stomach only holds that much!!!!

When someone has the LapBand or RNY surgery their stomach is reduced to the size of an egg.

As for being followed while losing weight---most are followed every 3 months for the first year or more often if problems arise. Then yearly after that. But encouraged to see their PCP on a routine basis after the first year for frequent lab work.

As for regain---in the WLS world you are considered a successful patient if you lose no more than 50% of what you are suppose to lose. so if you are 100 pounds overweight you are successful if you only lose 50.

So full weight loss is not even expected from the beginning or maintaining weight loss is not expected either. Over 50% of WLS patients regain ALL their weight post op.

This women wouldn't know the truth if it walked up and bit her in the A$$. She needs to stop dispensing all this "advice" she knows nothing about.

2BIG said...

thanks for sharing this horrible information Kimmer is still giving.

avenuegirl said...

I wonder how many calories a day she claims to be on now.

Paul Bain Jr said...

This woman really takes the cake.

Anonymous said...

This is just unbelievable! I'm worried that the craziness of wacked out diet practices will endanger others. At least it will turn people off to the idea that you can lose weight safely if you're reasonable about what you eat. I try and eat until I'm OK, but not quite full. I do take multivitamins --I like Dr. Oz's idea of cutting the vitamin in half. I've gotten some great advice on healthy dieting and responsible use of supplements in this article. Are any of the rest of you taking supplments to be sure you're getting vitamins and minerals on a restricted diet?