Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Like It Or Not, The Kimkins Diet Is Changing Lives For The Better (Mine Included!)

The post that appeared here has been removed for not promoting the low-carb community in the professional manner I have come to expect from myself. THANK YOU!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's working for me. Today is my 29th day on Kimkins and I've already lost 40.5 pounds! It truly is one of the EASIEST "diets" that I've ever been on in my life!

7/05/2007 12:16 AM  
Blogger Whoa Nellie!! said...

I too have lost weight on Kimkins!! I'm on day 30 and have lost 15 pounds. that's like five pounds every week!! can anything else beat that??? NOPE!

7/05/2007 10:46 AM  
Blogger Gary J said...

227 :*)

7/05/2007 11:34 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

219.2 :P

7/05/2007 12:07 PM  
Blogger Gary J said...

Why you...!!

But it works to report in, no matter the progress - no matter the treatment from ol' JM. Checking in keeps me honest. I don't cheat that way! :*)

7/05/2007 3:25 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

It is good that you are losing weight again. I trust that you will get to yoru goal soon. Two things though,

(a) Kimkins sounds a lot like Lyle McDonald's Rapid Fat Loss Manual, but more expensive.

(b)Why do you feel that you have to be on "a plan"?

The low carb way of eating is pretty straight-forward. The focus is on reducing / eliminating grains / other starchy carbs and sugars. If you want to do it well you also get rid of the junk. Atkins / Eades / Barry Groves all near enough say the same thing. Their books explain the science, but the principles are pretty simple.

Buying into a "plan" makes it all a bit cultic, as if you give up the responsibility to think for yourself in all this.

7/05/2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS so much for your comments, Chris! I appreciate the encouragement in my weight loss and I'm happy to answer your questions.

I am not familiar with the book by McDonald, but I didn't join Kimkins for the diet itself. It's available all over the Internet for anyone willing to look for it.

Instead, the goldmine part about Kimkins are the fantastic people who are there on the Kimkins Forum to SUPPORT and encourage you when you need it. And it's ALWAYS going to be there since you get a LIFETIME membership. That's the difference between Kimkins and the other weight loss programs out there (i.e. Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, etc.).

As for feeling the need to be "on plan," actually I'm not perfectly on the Kimkins plan. But I use it as a basic template for my diet with a few Jimmyfications that I've learned along the way will work for me.

This includes eating sugar-free pickles, mayo for my salmon salad, ChocoPerfection chocolate, low-carb bread, low-carb wraps, sugar-free Jello, cinnamon and Splenda, yogurt--pretty much WHATEVER low-carb foods I want to supplement my diet.

In other words, it's MY diet since I've customized it for ME. I long ago removed the grains, starchy carbs, and sugars from my diet and I'm better because of it.

It's interesting you bring up the idea of Kimkins being "cultic" because that mentality can be true about virtually any plan. This will be a bloggable issue to talk about in the near future.

THANKS for your comments! I think very well for myself and wouldn't have it any other way. :)

7/05/2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Happy to keep you accountable, Gary!

7/05/2007 4:02 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi Jimmy,

I'm new to this blog, and I just finished listening to ALL your podcasts. Great stuff! I like your semi-militant attitude toward the low-fat press and medical community. It's like banging your head against a wall with these supposedly educated people.

I've got a questions. My spiritual tradition includes fasting. Since my diet includes a constant state of ketosis, it becomes much easier to start and break the fast, as well as get back into induction if I go off the diet. I was wondering if you've heard of others who integrate fasting into their low-carb routine. There are almost no health books on fasting, yet I find it a very healthy aspect to my low-carb life.

I also wanted to let you know about an article in the new Psychology Today which talks about diets failing because your brain is deprived of glucose. You can guess their solution. I'd love to hear your take on that if you get a chance to read it.

Thanks for this great internet oasis!


7/05/2007 4:55 PM  
Blogger Sparky's Girl said...

My Atkins/Kimkins progress...

A total of 36.2 lbs gone as of today. I'm happy! :0) Only 31.8 lbs to go!

7/05/2007 5:01 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey Rich,

Welcome to the growing Livin' La Vida Low-Carb family, my friend. I'm so happy to hear from enthusiastic supporters of this way of eating and it is my pleasure to be here to serve up healthy helpings of dietary truth.

WOW, you listened to ALL 66 of my podcast shows! That's amazing! THANK YOU and hopefully you feel pumped and motivated more than ever to keep on livin' la vida low-carb. So, have I improved from the "early days?"

You might also want to go back to the original episodes of "The Health Hacks Podcast" located at to listen to more podcasts...they quickly noticed I needed my own show after only a few months. And here we are. :)

Regarding fasting, I am aware of some excellent health-related, spiritually-focused books on fasting since I used to work in the Christian retail industry. My favorite one was by John Piper called "Hunger For God." It's an amazing spiritual awakening as well as physical healing to fast and I think it has a place in the health and well-being of everyone.

Additionally, from a secular standpoint, my friend and fellow low-carb blogger Dr. Mike Eades (a REAL diet and health expert!) wrote last year about a concept known as an "intermittent fast" which allows you to fast every other day. Check it out!

Of course, I couldn't handle doing that very well despite the fact I saw GREAT weight loss from it. It may be worth checking into!

A lot of people at the Kimkins Forum have implemented a Detox Fast to help cleanse their system, so it is commonly used for that purpose.

Had not seen the Psychology Today article, but it's all bunk. Your brain is NOT deprived of glucose when you diet, especially on a low-carb diet. There's an EXCELLENT book written by a brain surgeon coming out later this year called The Brain Trust Program by Dr. Larry McCleary who says carbohydrate restriction is the HEALTHIEST way to eat for good brain health. Dr. Mike and Mary Dan Eades wrote the foreword for this book, by the way. :)

Keep your head up, Rich, and THANK YOU for your support. Perhaps I should do a podcast show next week about the intermittent fast. Sounds good to me! SEE YA!

7/05/2007 6:25 PM  
Blogger Regina Wilshire said...

Hi Jimmy,

I'm not trying to be contrary, but, if by your own admission "This includes eating sugar-free pickles, mayo for my salmon salad, ChocoPerfection chocolate, low-carb bread, low-carb wraps, sugar-free Jello, cinnamon and Splenda, yogurt--pretty much WHATEVER low-carb foods I want to supplement my diet." you're not doing Kimkins, why do you keep saying you are when it's clear you're not?

7/06/2007 10:57 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for your comments, Regina! I certainly appreciate where you are coming from which goes to the very question at hand--why even put a name on the diet that I'm doing?

It's a good point and I'm happy to explain. When I did the Atkins diet in 2004, I was just learning what low-carb was. Through the process of losing 180 pounds, I found various foods that would fit within my lifestyle as I made this an individualized plan for me.

When I started on Kimkins last month, I began the Kimkins plan known as K/E doing it EXACTLY for the first couple of weeks. As the weight has been pouring off of my body, I decided to add those things back to my diet that I felt I could tolerate and still lose weight.

So far, so good.

Do I still love Atkins? ABSOLUTELY! But I think it is best for people to do what's right for them within the context of low-carb living. Kimkins is first and foremost a low-carb diet and could be the first step in the learning process for people who are in the position I was just three years ago.

Getting obese people to start livin' la vida low-carb is an essential first step to seeing them lose weight and get healthy. Whether that is Atkins, Kimkins, Protein Power, or any of the other fine low-carb plans out there, then I'm all for it.

I've lost 30 pounds in 32 days on Kimkins and I am actually engaged in my weight management again. I'm not saying Kimkins is for everyone, modifications or not, but it could be exactly what others who were "stuck" like me to get their bodies losing again.

So, yes, I am on Kimkins and unashamedly so. :)

7/06/2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger Pot Kettle Black said...

I apologize in advance for any questions that may seem overly contrarian. That is not the intent. The intent is to learn.

So, curious if you are tracking measurements. Clearly, they must be moving down with 30lbs gone. But, am curious how much is going and if you are monitoring bodyfat as well?

Concur with Regina's question, though in no place to say you're doing it or not. Why not call it Jimmykins the way you're doing it?

Rock on Jimmy.

7/06/2007 2:08 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Actually, I LOVE contrarian views because that is indeed how you can learn the best.

No, I'm not actively measuring my changes in inches from my waist or my body fat right now. But my suit pants are noticeably looser after just a month on this new diet.

Actually, I understand what you're saying and I describe what I do at the Kimkins Forum as "Jimkins." :D

I'm down 30 pounds in 32 days, so we'll keep doing it. THANKS for your support, Pot Kettle Black!

7/06/2007 2:36 PM  
Blogger size8jeans said...

Hey now. Thanks for the link. You just forgot to mention one thing - I'm not doing a strict version of NS. I'm doing a lower-carb, higher-protein version. I don't eat the fruit servings, but make sure to get plenty of veggies. I pick lower-carb entrees and snacks.

NS recommend 180g (total) carbs a day. I'm eating 80-100g (net) carbs a day. Even with the fiber difference, I am getting much fewer carbs than what they recommend, and I make up the calorie difference in protein.

I don't mind that it's low-fat because even on Atkins I had to do a lower-fat version to lose weight.

So far I am down 15 pounds in 4 months. Only 2 more pounds to go!

7/08/2007 11:55 PM  

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