Deaths are mounting, and terrible side effects of this starvation diet are being felt by many who follow it.
The Lighterlife diet is eerily reminiscent of the Kimkins starvation diet.
Like Lighterlife's founder, Jackie Cox, the Kimkins diet was developed by the morbidly obese Heidi Diaz, aka Kimmer.
Heidi Diaz (aka Kimmer) who never followed her own diet, but that didn't stop her from telling others to starve themselves
And here are the women who tragically died while following the Lighterlife diet:
Samantha and her fiancé, Andrew
34-year-old Samantha Clowe collapsed at her home in Leeds, UK from heart failure in June of 2009 after following the LighterLife diet for 11 weeks.
Samantha weighed 17st 6 lb (244 lbs) when she started the diet, and had lost three stone (42 lbs) by following the strict plan, desperate to be slender in time for her wedding to fiancé, Andrew Smith.
Jacqueline & her grandson
"Jacqueline Henson, 40, was ‘over the moon’ when she shed 11 and a half pounds in the first week on the Lighter-Life diet, which involves drinking four litres of water a day..
‘Jacqui was told by the slimming consultant that the more water she drank the more weight she would lose.
'It wasn’t made clear to her that you had to spread the drinking through the day.’
Matilda Callaghan, 25, died in January 2006 after losing 10 stone (140 pounds) in six months on the Lighterlife diet.
A post-mortem found Matilda died from heart arrhythmia – when a heartbeat is not allowed sufficient time to ‘recover’ and the next beat interrupts.
For six months Matilda lived on only 500 calories a day, 1,500 less than the recommended daily amount, and was drinking between four and six litres of water daily.
So, so sad. All these deaths, and Lighterlife continues to thrive and Jackie Cox keeps raking in the money. Scandalous.
To read the full stories on Samantha, Jacqueline and Matilda, click these links below:
And here's a great article on Lighterlife's founder, Jackie Cox:
Rest in peace, Samantha, Jacqueline and Matilda.
For more information about Kimkins and Heidi Diaz, click here: