Riverside County Diet Guru Wins Dubius Honor


Riverside County Diet Guru Wins Dubius Honor
Heidi Diaz, (aka Kimmer, Kimberly Drake and many other aliases), the creator of the fraud fraught Kimkins Diet, is not only currently embroiled in the Kimkins Class Action Lawsuit, she has also just won another award:  The 2008 Slim Chance Award for Worst Diet Product.
WORST PRODUCT: Kimkins diet. It must have seemed an easy way to get rich quick. Founder Heidi “Kimmer” Diaz set up a website and charged members a fee to access the Kimkins diet, boasting they could lose up to 5 percent of their body weight in 10 days. “Better than gastric bypass,” there was “no faster diet,” and in fact she herself had lost 198# in 11 months. Stunning “after” photos were displayed. In June 2007 Women’s World ran it as a cover story, and that month alone PayPal records show the Kimkins site took in over $1.2 million. Then users began complaining of chest pains, hair loss, heart palpitations, irritability and menstrual irregularities. This was not surprising since Kimkins is essentially a starvation diet, down to 500 calories per day and deficient in many nutrients (shockingly, laxatives are advised to replace the missing fiber). In a lawsuit, 11 former members are uncovering a vast record of Diez’s alleged fraud. They found that the stunning “after” photos, including one of Kimmer herself, had been lifted from a Russian mail order bride site. According to a deposition reported by Los Angeles TV station KTLA, Diaz admitted using fake pictures, fake stories and fake IDs, and a judge has allowed the litigants to freeze some of her assets.
To see the complete list of 2008 winners go to  Fraud and Quackery
Ms. Diaz is famous for her use of pictures “borrowed” from Russian Bride web sites for her own “after” pictures and for those of the numerous fabricated “success stories” posted on her website.
For $79.95 one can join her website and receive a “lifetime” membership, which is apparently subject to whims of Ms. Diaz.  Those who have questioned the legitimacy of the pictures of the success stories, and/or have questioned the safety of the diet quickly find themselves banned from the website; their lifetime membership terminated.
One can also purchase a book version of Kimkins, with no access to the website, but it has been alleged that no such book even exists, and is just another way that Ms. Diaz is out to scam those who simply just want to lose weight.
It is sadly ironic that the obese Ms. Diaz has chosen to target other obese people with her diet scam.  Ms. Diaz “claimed” to have lost 198 lbs. in 11 months on her Kimkins Diet and kept the weight off for over 5 years, but photographs by a private investigator revealed that Ms. Diaz was not the svelte 118 lbs. beauty she claimed to be, but in fact was a morbidly obese 300+ lb. woman.
Woman’s World Magazine featured the Kimkins Diet in June of 2007 and helped Ms. Diaz scam the nation to the tune of approximately $2 million per month.  Woman’s World Magazine did publish a brief retraction, both in their magazine and on the web, but they have since removed the web page.  Woman’s World is not entirely blameless for their part in all this, as they too published a “Russian Bride” picture instead of one of the diet creator, who claimed her name was Kimberly Drake for the Woman’s World article.  Also, it is alleged that Woman’s World used a very LARGE pair of men’s jeans for the photo shoot involving Christin Sherburne, the Kimkins Cover Girl, for their cover, instead of an actual pair of her own pants the Ms. Sherburne brought with her.
Many of the members who have been locked out of Kimkins have banded together and are pursuing a class action lawsuit against Ms. Diaz and Kimkins.
Ms. Diaz has, however, turned the table on these class members, and is also counter suing them in return.
There are numerous appearances calendared for January 2009 for this case in the Riverside County Court.
It should be interesting to see how this all unravels for Ms. Diaz and her multi million dollar diet scam.

Words of Encouragement from John Tiedt

On Friday, one very tired anti-kk blogger expressed their opinion that it was time for all of us to move on from the Kimkins cause; time to move on to other similar causes. 

However, the Kimkins saga is far from over.  As long as the Kimkins.con site remains up and active, as long as Heidi can charge people to join her site, and can continue to dispense her questionable medical and diet advice; and lie about her weight loss, or lack there of; there is still a need for us to continue our efforts.

The wheels of justice do seem to be moving slowly, and it would be nice to see results happening more quickly.  But since things are not moving so quickly at this point in time, we can take comfort in knowing the wheels of justice ARE moving and moving in the right direction.  Once the momentum gets going, it can only be a matter of time.  This has only been the preliminary phase, setting the stage for the final drama to unfold.  We have all done a lot of work to prepare for this and we should be proud of all we have done.

Once Kimkins.con is no more, and we don’t have to worry about any of the “weeds” luring people into her tangled web; once Kimkins.com displays the 404 error message and we don’t have to worry about the spamming of yahooanswers and craigslist and freecycle and other diet and non-diet message boards to entice people to ante up the $79.95 with her “too good to be true” claims, then maybe we can stop.  But even then, we must watch diligently and be alert to see that Ms. Diaz doesn’t start up another scam, similar to Kimkins or something altogether different.

If you are tired of Kimkins, then by all means, take a break.  We’ve been at this for quite a while now, so a break is certainly well deserved.  But please don’t expect all of us to give up the fight, and please don’t discourage those who are still willing to keep fighting.

Thank you, Mariasol, for you excellent blog post:  mariasol: Tired of Kimkins?

As long as Heidi is out there scamming innocent people whose only mistake was to want to believe in something that truly is too good to be true, then I’ll be here:  Searching for whatever it is that John Tiedt needs for us to find.  Exposing those weeds that need to be pulled.  Sharing the information that needs to be shared.  Ensuring that there is enough truthful infomation available so that others don’t make the mistake of falling for Heidi’s deceptive advertising.  Reminding folks to Say NO to Kimkins.  Encouraging the victims of the Kimkins Scam to join the lawsuit and to share their stories on the Kimkins Survivors blog.

Perhaps it is safe to presume that the lawsuit is paving the way for further litigation with regards to the dangerous Kimkins Diet Scam.  It’s not too far fetched to imagine that other entities are waiting for this to play out before they too move in similar directions.  So, even if there aren’t new developments on a daily basis, things are still moving forward. 

Even the attorney for the Class Action Lawsuit, John Tiedt popped into YustYucky’s blog last night to share these words of encouragement with all of us:




Thank you, John!

Count me in.  I’m here for the duration.

I’m looking forward to hearing how that deposition goes on Thursday, and anxiously awaiting your further reports.

What Kimkins Victims Want You to Know

by Kate Downs, Jun 6, 2008

Victims of the Kimkins weight loss plan won’t satisfied with a class action lawsuit. They’re building websites, blogs and online communities to tell you exactly what they want.
Meet Heidi Diaz, aka “Kimmer”. She is the founder Kimkins, a controversial weight loss plan and pricey online community. She may also be the most notorious “success” story in the history of weight loss scams. She is, without question, one of the most passionately despised personalities in the history of the weight loss industry.
Diaz is currently the subject of a class action lawsuit brought against her in San Diego, California. Multitudes of former Kimkins devotees claim to have been seriously injured by unsound medical advice, unfair business practices, and fraud. They charge that Diaz fabricated a success story (her own), and then used that story to sell an expensive program that, for many, resulted in hair loss, fainting, and other medical complications.
In addition to legal action, many former Kimkins dieters have committed themselves to warning others through blogs, forums and websites. This is necessary, in part, to alert other Kimkins victims of their legal rights. More importantly, they feel an obligation to warn others of the hazzards of the Kimkins weight loss plan. Why? Because the catastrophic program is still in business and still turning a profit.
The Kimkins website, the heart of the Diaz money monster, hasn’t skipped a beat. As of June, 2008, the site still touts the unique advantages of joining their program. The site is still capable of processing $79.95 credit card payments for the privilege of accessing their forum and other limited diet resources. The most obvious change, one no first-time visitor would notice, is the absence of any reference to “Kimmer” or her amazing claims of diet success.
The Kimkins cash-cow continues in spite of reality. Even though its founder, Diaz, admitted in a sworn deposition that her claims and promotions were fraudulent. In November of 2007, Diaz admitted to lying about her diet success and the general efficacy of her weight loss plan. She also admitted to using photos stolen from other sites and using them for promotional materials. One of those images was published in a flattering Woman’s World Magazine cover story about the diet plan. Woman’s World Magazine has since retracted its endorsement of the plan and apologized to its readers.
Diaz, in her deposition, also admitted conspiring to hide and dispose of her assets. It is clear from email evidence that she intended to appear penniless when damages are inevitably assessed in a lawsuit she will most certainly lose. In November, a judge granted permission for attorneys representing the victims to freeze her assets.
Kimkins survivors will not be satisfied by monetary compensation. For them, the lawsuit is only the beginning. What victims of the Kimkins diet is an end to the dangerous and deceptive program. As the Kimkins business continues profiting, victims continue a grassroots assault. Their blogs, websites, and forums are countless and growing stronger in membership everyday.


What Kimkins Victims Want You to Know

Letter from John Tiedt

To Plaintiff Class Representatives
and Potential Class Members

Re: Fenderson, et al. v. Diaz, et al.

Dear Friends:

We have been quite busy with the discovery process and several law and motion
issues. The purpose of this letter is to bring you up to date.

Read the rest of the Letter from John Tiedt here:  class-letter-031308.pdf

Thank you, John, for sharing the news with all of us, and for ALL your hard work to see that justice is served in this case.

Folks, if you are a former member of Kimkins, and would like to be part of the Kimkins Class Action Lawsuit, be sure to visit the website for all the information.  Joining the Lawsuit, is very easy to do, plus there is a video to help you complete the related paperwork.

Another Victim of the Kimkins Diet Scam

Not ALL of the victims of the Kimkins Diet Scam are those who paid money to join the site, or followed the dangerous diet advice handed out by Kimmer (aka Heidi Diaz, Kim Drake, et al).

Another victim came forward today.  Deanna Glick from “That’s Fit” was victimized by Ms. Diaz in another way.

But as a victim myself, I am happy to see anything that exposes Kimkins. No, I didn’t pay membership fees and I’ve never followed the “diet.” But the woman running the show did steal my words from another web site to put up on her own. She gave credit to the web site, but not to me. Either way, she never sought permission to publish the article. And when asked to remove it from her site, simply switched the accessibility of the page to members only. I don’t know why she’s so intent on keeping my words for members’ viewing. The article was about managing type 1 diabetes. It must have been the title, Food Frugality, that caught her eye. But as with most words, context is everything.

 Mag apologizes for Kimkins story – That’s Fit

 Unfortunately, Ms. Glick is not the only one to be victimized in this manner, but we will talk more about THAT in future posts.



After all these months, Woman’s World magazine has finally released a retraction.

A Statement from

Woman’s World Magazine

Please accept our apology

We at Woman’s World pride ourselves on finding inpiring diet successes to share with our readers every week. That’s why we were so distressed to learn that Kim Drake, the founder of Kimkins.com, gave us inaccurate information about herself and her weight loss. Though the article appeared several months ago, in our June 12, 2007 issue, and nutritionists assure us the information we provided was accurate, we deeply regret having shared with you a story we can’t stand behind. Your trust means everything to us, and we want to bring you the very best magazine we can, each and every week.

Contact Us

It would certainly be very good to see a link to the Kimkins Class Action Lawsuit website also included on that page.
Perhaps we should utilize that contact info to request that they do just that?
Will this retraction also appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine?
How do they intend for the general public to be able to learn about this retraction?
**Check out this article posted on the ArticleLand website that still includes the mention that Woman’s World Magazine supports Kimkins:
In fact, Kimkins diet has the support of Woman’s World magazine’s support on its side. So, one should think twice before totally rejecting the idea of using it.
I wonder what ArticleLand thinks about the retraction?

Here’s their contact page.


Coffey To Go: Happy Valentine’s Day, Hidey!
mariasol: Woman’s World Apology
Woman’s World apologies for Kimkins lies « 2big4mysize’s Weblog

What’s For Lunch?

Ok, so it’s almost lunch time and my daughter is wondering very loudly “What’s For Lunch?”

I think some people would really be surprised about What’s for Lunch when you are following Kimkins, for sure!

When you look at the first plate of food, it doesn’t look so bad, until it is explained that that’s for the whole day and then we are shown plates for each individual meal. Shocking, to say that least!

Thank you to Mariasol for illustrating for us what one is encouraged to eat on the Kimkins Diet Plans.

UPDATED: Mariasol has just posted some information about the Kimkins Shake Plan.

Help us pull these Weeds!

Hidey, Hidey, Quite Untidy,

How does your garden grow?

With “articals” and spam blogs

and affiliates all in a row.


Help us pull these Weeds!

You can help us by contacting these “Article” sites

and request that they removal all articles promoting the Kimkins Diet Scam.


Article Land

Approved Articles

Approved Articles Directory

Article Alley
Article Friendly

Article Hub

Search Results for kimkins – ArticleHub

contact registrar@jumpx.com




Article Island
 Search Results – kimkins


Articles On


Art Woo 
Find In Articles
Five Star Articles
Free Article Pro
Fresh News 
They have one anti KK article and some pro KK articles….
Go Articles
Health and Wellness Central.com
 Health Article Bank
Health Articles LK 
Just Enjoy Life.com
Many Articles.com
Playground Earth
 The Leading Articles
The News Bureau
Unique Ezine Articles
**Please note that sometimes you may have to enter Kimkins into the search option to see if there are any Kimkins articles still posted.
Thank you for ALL your help pulling these weeds!
IF you visit one of these sites and discover ALL the weeds gone,
please do let me know so that I can take that weed off this page.
Keep up the good work, everyone!

Speculations and Seeking the Truth

I woke up this morning to a post on a message board that ended with this:

“In the end if there’s a price to be paid for crossing these lines and making such irresponsible accusations before there is any real evidence of their truth, I guess some of you will pay it.”

Here was my response to that post:

Speculations on things like this, that cause one to pause and think about it for a bit, are pretty much the theme of things here.

If it weren’t for the speculating and the supposing and the researching, where would we be? How would all this have been uncovered?

We were labeled “haters” because many of the things that were done by Heidi and at Kimkins caused us to have doubts.

Sure, we expressed concern about our friends going on the diet because it didn’t look nutritionally sound, so that made us haters.

Sure, we speculated that all those pictures weren’t really of Heidi or her “success stories”, so that made us haters.

Sure, we suggested that maybe Heidi had lied to us, and then a private investigator proved that she had, and it was again confirmed by the video from the deposition, and again that made us haters.

Sure, we’ve made it our mission to warn others about the dangers of the Kimkins Diet, and that too has made us haters.

Heidi has already said that she has another site ready. So because we are on the look out for that new site, that makes us haters.

Sure, when a red flag goes up somewhere, and we are concerned enough to look at it, to pursue it, that also makes us haters, and I guess some of us will pay for it.

Do all of the speculations pan out? No, not all of them.

Have many of them panned out? Yes, they have.

Has our willingness to seek the truth been worth it?

If we have been able to rescue even one person from the dangerous way of eating that Heidi started them out on, then yes it has been worth it.

If we have shed enough light on the dangers and fraud involved in the Kimkins Diet Scam so that one person has made the choice NOT to start the diet, then yes it has been worth it.

As with any investigation, there will be false leads and trails that lead nowhere. Do the investigators NOT follow those leads because there is a chance they won’t pan out? What kind of detectives would that make them, if they didn’t follow ALL leads? There isn’t any way to know if it’s the right trail unless you take it.

Is speculation under these circumstances irresponsible? I guess that all depends on how you look at it.

If it were your mother, sister, daugther, niece, or friend that was being hurt by Kimkins, wouldn’t YOU hope that there was someone who would stand up for her, to try to rescue her, to try to help her avoid choosing a dangerous scam for a diet?

Personally, I feel that it would be much more irresponsible to not have speculated about this at all. Those of us who have been labeled “haters” could very easily have backed off when we were first told that we wrong, when we were first accused of being haters. But we didn’t back off, because we cared enough about the innocent people being hurt to pursue this. To seek out the truth. To share the truth with others. To try to rescue those that had already fallen into the trap, and to warn others so they too didn’t fall for it. To see that justice was served.

As for me, I am proud to stand with the other ducks here who have taken on this cause.

If you aren’t with us, does that mean you are against us?

Kimkins – Doesn’t it make you sick?

Check out this very appropriately entitled blog post:

Kimkins – doesn’t it make you sick?