Would you put a feeding tube in your nose for 10 days to lose weight? That’s being reported as the latest crash diet to hit the U.S., and it’s how some women are getting ready for their wedding photos.
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Could you stick to an 800-a-day calorie for 10 days? How about by eating no food, and with a feeding tube hanging out of your nose?
The process, known as the K-E, or feeding-tube, diet, is being reported as an “increasingly popular” alternative to ordinary weight-loss programs.
From Good Morning America:
“The program has dieters inserting a feeding tube into their nose that runs to the stomach. They’re fed a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water, which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day. Body fat is burned off through a process called ketosis, which leaves muscle intact, Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., said.
“It is a hunger-free, effective way of dieting,” Di Pietro said. “Within a few hours and your hunger and appetite go away completely, so patients are actually not hungry at all for the whole 10 days. That’s what is so amazing about this diet.”
Di Pietro says patients aren’t hospitalized. They wear the tube and carry the food solution around with them in a bag.
“I get a lot of brides,” he said in a New York Times story. “Nervous eating.”
From The New York Times:
“While the tube diet is fairly unknown in this country, it has been popular for years in Italy and Spain, where it is used casually to lose weight before a big event, as well as for more significant weight loss. In England, where it has been offered for the past year as the KEN (or ketogenic enteral nutrition) diet, The Daily Mail asked if it was ‘the most extreme diet ever,’ before adding that a National Health Service doctor was offering it.”
A bride-to-be featured in the stories, Jessica Schnaider, had the tube removed early because she met her goal in 8 days, losing 10 pounds. She said though she wasn’t hungry, it was not an easy experience.
The Times story puts the price for the procedure at $1,500 for the 10 days, including a screening and equipment.
Some doctors are rolling their eyes.
“Crash dieting does not work,” says Dr. John Di Saia, a plastic surgeon in San Clemente and Orange. “Rapid weight fluctuations just lead to more of the same. … This is not healthy. It is just another fad. It will fade as quickly as it appeared.”
The health risks cited by some doctors include nutritional issues, thyroid problems, coronary damage and a slower metabolism.
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