This story is about a woman who decided to scam innocent desperate people out of their hard earned money by promoting a diet based on lies and deception. Heidi Kimberly Diaz aka Kimmer of Kimkins.com started a website using her own success as the entire basis for the promotion of her site. She claimed to have lost 198 pounds in 11 short months by eating low carb, low fat and low calories. She claimed to have figured out what others couldn’t in her quest to lose weight. And one day, she decided to charge money for her “knowledge”. Those desperate people lined up to pay the price. Little did they know what a price they would pay.
The problem with her plan was that there was no success! She hadn’t lost 198 lbs in 11 months and she made up the 20 or so other success stories that she proudly plastered all over the front page of her website. These other “success stories” or “before & after photos” were all actually pictures that Heidi (Kimmer) Diaz had stolen from Russian mail order Bride sites and called them her own followers. She made up story after story for these so called successes with the intent to tempt innocent overweight victims into joining her website at a fee of $59.95 for a life time membership. A lifetime membership that she has repeatedly reneged on time after time. She has banned members for questioning her before and after photos and for asking for proof that her diet is safe.
She also hadn’t ever lost the weight she claimed to have lost. This was proven by a private investigator hired by her former partner which proved that Heidi was and still is extremely obese. This is the reason she had to steal pictures from other websites and call them her own. Because no one in their right mind would have followed her advice on weight loss had they known what she looked like.
Heidi found big success when she (Russian mail order Bride picture) and her diet was published on the cover of Woman’s World magazine in June 2007. This story brought tens of thousands of new members to her site alone. Woman’s World Magazine was scammed too.
Innocent victims joined her site with hopes of fast weight loss in a healthy way. And soon found out that the diet was so extreme it was almost impossible to follow. When members had trouble losing, Kimmer would say, cut the carbs and fat more and make sure you are measuring that lettuce. Go lower and lower with your calories and if you’re not losing, you must not be following the plan as written. “If you tweak it, it’s not Kimkins” was her motto.
Heidi would belittle and scorn those that had trouble following her diet which often added up to less than 500 calories a day. She told members to take laxatives daily to help with “potty problems” because fiber is forbidden (or at least extremely limited). She made people feel like failures for not being able to stick to her diet. All the while, knowing that she herself hadn’t done it.
People (members) started getting sick. They had heart palpitations and dizzy spells, their hair started falling out by the handfuls and when they realized that it might have something to do with their diet and started asking questions and asking for help, they were immediately banned from her site without a refund for their “lifetime membership”. Once away from that site most tried to add healthy foods back into their diets and promptly found that they either gained all the weight back and more or they found it almost impossible to look at food in a healthy way. Eating disorders abound with former Kimkins members and many have a very long road ahead of them before they will ever be considered “healthy” again, if at all. Metabolisms are shot, Thyroids dysfunctional, and Kimmer is still out there pushing her diet and collecting that $59.95 anywhere she can.
This is in spite of the fact that a lawsuit has been filed in the State of California and her assets and bank accounts have been frozen, she is asking for checks and accepting credit cards at her site right now. Her Paypal account (which has been frozen) showed a total of 1.2 million dollars for one month’s time. Her site has been operating since June 2006. She has recently paid Cash for a $400,000 house and two vehicles. So, as you can see, she has scammed many.
Furthermore, Heidi Diaz aka Kimmer collected money from her members by starting a weight loss challenge on her site to raise money for her “foster kids” - (which, according to the State of California is illegal) She has claimed to have a house full of foster kids throughout the years. However, no one at the foster care agency in the State of California was able to confirm that she has had any kids in her care for many years. More lies. More fraud.
As you can probably see by now, Heidi Kimberly Diaz - aka Kimmer - Owner and Founder of Kimkins.com is a scam artist and a fraud and needs to be stopped and brought to justice for the crimes she has committed. She is dangerous, calculating, and doesn’t care about anyone but herself and the money she can make scamming people. Her own relatives have admitted to the fact that this is not the first scam for Heidi, she has been scamming people for years. She is a lying, liar that lies every chance she gets.
Thankfully, there are many dedicated folks on the world wide web right now fighting the good fight to help bring Heidi to justice. Bloggers and websites are popping up daily in an effort to bring her and her site down. I am proud to be rubbing virtual elbows with this type of group. They/we care about people and their health and our only agenda is to stop Heidi from hurting anyone else. Please help us in our effort!!
Buyer Beware!! Your health is at risk!
Heidi Diaz (aka Kimmer, Kim Drake, et al) lied about losing 198 lbs. in 11 months. She used pictures taken from Russian Bride websites to perpetuate that lie and for the fabricated "success stories" she posted on her website. She preys on the desire to be thin harbored in all of us. She uses MySpace and Yahoo! Answers and gaming areas and alleged celebrity dieters to target our teens and teach them how to develop eating disorders. When a private investigator caught her on film last year, it was readily apparent that she had never lost the weight and was in fact larger than her rather large before pictures. She admitted to the lies at her deposition for the Class Action Lawsuit, yet still posts photoshopped pictures on her website, "claiming" that she is losing weight.
She preaches a very low calorie diet, claiming that you really don't need to eat, that your body can live off the fat you have stored. She encourages people to eat less and less, many eating 500 calories per day or less. She appears to take perverse pleasure in encouraging them to cut their calories even lower when their bodies protest and try to stop losing. She is teaching these poor folks how to be anorexic and they aren't even aware of it. Many of those who have left Kimkins and have tried to return to eating properly face battles with eating disorders and the fear of eating too much when in reality they are still unable to do anything but eat too little.
Even after the medical issues start to appear, Heidi claims it to be "normal" for one to lose massive amounts of hair; "normal" to stop having your monthly cycle; "normal" to be dizzy occasionally, and so on. While she encourages them on to eat less and less, and tells them their symptoms are normal, many are doing irreparable damage to their bodies: losing muscle mass, including heart muscle tissue. Thankfully, there is a Class Action Lawsuit in the works to help make people more aware of the dangers of the Kimkins Diet.
Please, if you know of anyone following Kimkins, please encourage them to see their doctor, to start eating more food, to add some fat back into their diet, so they don't literally starve themselves to death. Do a web search and learn more about the Kimkins Diet Scam yourself. Visit the Kimkins Survivors weblog and read the stories there. Don't fall for this scam. Don't let Heidi claim any more victims. Spread the word.
Friends Don't Let Friends Do Kimkins. Be a good friend. Say NO to Kimkins!