Thursday, September 27, 2007

MyCannelloni reveals the Kimkins Diet's effects on her...

On Low-Carb Friends this morning, MyCannelloni writes of the serious decline of her health as a result of following the Kimkins Diet. She, like Christin, suffered from heart arrhythmia, esophageal spasms, etc.

Here is what she posted:

"Christin's video has brought all of my Kimkins horror memories back up.

I was only on it for a few months, but I started it after I had reached goal (115). I wanted to lose a few more pounds. I ended up weighing in near the bottom of "normal weight" per the BMI chart, but my frame is between medium and large, so I think I was at the absolute bottom at 104 lbs.

I experienced the loss of ovulation, severe panic and anxiety attacks, rapid heartbeat and arrhythmia. I attributed this all to stress since my personal life was indeed very stressful.

But the worst part was the incredibly painful and scary chest pain. Gallbladder problems were ruled out. I began to have reflux 24/7. I was worried I had esophageal cancer. The mysterious pain was so unnerving that I had crying spells and couldnt enjoy being model-thin. Finally it became evident that I was having terrible esophageal spasms. I also ended up attributing this to stress, and some extended release anti-spasmodic medicine helped a great deal.

It wasn't until I found out about Heidi's lies that I questioned her program. In the course of one weekend reading the first Fascination thread, I realized that I was anorexic while doing Kimkins and had no idea.

And now I wonder if my body's freaking out due to stress was also linked with or was directly caused by my starvation menus. I never told my primary care doctor how few calories I was eating (at the low end of my BMI!). I didn't tell my GI doctor either. I'll never know if it was stress or an eating disorder that caused my health problems.

There's one thing I do know. I was starving and thought I was in safe territory because I believed I had excess body fat, and Kimmer had me convinced that eating little to nothing was dandy if there was excess body fat present. I am actually grateful to be several pounds above goal right now. I'm better off now than I was at 104...struggling to find suits for job interviews because the size 2 skirts slid off of my hips..."

Here is the link to MyCannelloni's original post on LCF:

Follow on Buzz