Feeding Tube Diet Creates Criticism With Brides

04/16/2012 07:40 PM ET

A new diet trend that involves a feeding tube is becoming popular with soon to be brides that need to drop pounds fast before their big day, and is also being widely criticized. The program, which is called the ‘K-E Diet,’ claims that a person can lose 20 pounds in just 10 days.

The diet consists of forcing a feeding tube into your stomach through your nose. Once you get past that part you hook up to an 800 calorie a day drip, which is guaranteed to make you feel full and not hungry. There’s no need to eat solid food for the ten days.

Dr. Oliver Di Pietro tells ABC News. “Within a few hours your hunger and appetite go away completely, so patients are actually not hungry at all for the whole 10 days.”

The 800 calorie a day drip is loosely based on the Atkins diet plan, where the drip is loaded with proteins and low on carbs. The quick weight drop diet will cost you $1,500 for each ten day segment.

One K-E Dieter, Jessica Schnaider said she needed to drop 10 more pounds before her wedding but didn’t have the time to put into exercise everyday. “I don’t have all of the time on the planet just to focus an hour and a half a day to exercise so I came to the doctor, I saw the diet, and I said, ‘You know what? Why not? Let me try it. So I decided to go ahead and give it a shot,” Schnaider says.

Dr. Scott Shikora, the director of the Center for Metabolic Health and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, tells The New York Times that there is nothing special about the way the diet works in the fact that anyone who goes from a 3,000 calorie a day diet to 800 is going to lose weight, but the attraction is actually the feeding tube. “The novelty is, they shove a tube in your nose,” he said.

Other critics warn that losing too much weight too fast can be dangerous, and it ultimately won’t last. Di Pietro also warns that people with kidney issues should avoid the diet.


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