The Kimkins diet plan is an online program that is promoted as a low carb weight loss plan. Creators of the program state that it is ‘lower fat than Atkins and lower carb than South Beach’.
In actuality the program is not just low in carbohydrates and fat but extremely low in calories with many of the programs containing a calorie intake that would be considered ‘starvation’ level by most nutrition experts.
There are six separate program options to choose from:
Alcohol is not recommended for all of the options. Many foods are strictly forbidden including fruit, bread, milk, potatoes and sweets.
Egg whites, chicken and turkey breast, tuna, salmon, lean pork, flank steak, venison, ostrich, buffalo, salad greens, low carb vegetables, avocado, nuts, low carb catchup, light mayonnaise, mustard, salsa, soy sauce, light sour cream, protein shakes, low carb yogurt, crystal light drink, diet soda.
Exercise is not compulsory, with the exception of the Boot Camp option and dieters are only encouraged to exercise if they like working out.
Access to the online membership site costs $79.95 which is a one time only fee.
All of the diet plans are below the standard acceptable minimum level for healthy weight loss which is 1200 calories.
Although some of the plans allow for unlimited intake of lean protein there is a natural reduction in appetite that occurs when eating a low carb diet. This means that in reality on some of the plans dieters will be consuming below 800 calories a day, which is regarded as ‘starvation’ level.
Those who are physically active are especially advised to avoid this approach to dieting, as the extremely low calorie levels will make it impossible to maintain energy levels.
These types of severely calorie-restricted diets should always be conducted under the supervision of a medical professional, as there is a high risk of complications. Additionally, while rapid weight loss will probably occur it is more than likely that dieters will regain all the weight once they start eating a more balanced diet.
Essentially all of the Kimkins options can be considered crash diets and cannot be recommended for dieters who value their health above short term results.