KE Diet brings brides flocking to weight-loss via feeding tubes

If you thought you'd seen it all in the crazy world of weight loss, here's one more to add to the list of the ridiculous: feeding tubes.

So, you’re a bride with an agenda, and most of it has been met. However, that pesky 20 pounds you need to drop before the big day has not budged, and you’re getting antsy—the day, after all, is getting closer and closer.

What’s a bride to do?

There are all kinds of crazy, ill-advised diets people undertake for quick weight loss, some of them ineffective in the long run, many with negative health effects. One of the latest quick-weight-loss schemes added to the list is the K-E Diet, offered by Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, FL: Weight-loss via feeding tube.

Brides are said to be flocking to the untraditional diet, which Di Pietro has described as being a medically supervised procedure for weight loss. According to the pitch for the procedure, enrollees can look forward to shedding up to 20 pounds in 10 days by having a feeding tube placed through their nose and into their stomachs. Through this unsightly device, dieters are fed a mixture of protein, fat and water—zero carbohydrates, only 800 calories a day. Di Pietro claims that this method results in ketosis, where the body burns fat and leaves muscle intact, as well as a hunger-free diet for the patient.

Ashley Judd, recently in the news for a "puffy face" issue, where she waged war with the media and others for not only jumping on unfounded rumors and spreading gossip, but also for the unfair pressure placed on women to be beautiful by unreasonable, unattainable, social standards, tweeted on Apr. 13: "Insane, abusive, sad: There is a company now offering brides pre-wedding crash diet feeding tubes to appear more culturally acceptable."

The patients using this method are not hospitalized. Patients are literally walking around in their daily lives with feeding tubes hanging out of their noses. They carry a food solution with them, so that a slow drip can provide them with their “meals” for 10 days straight. Done under a doctor’s supervision, however, Di Pietro claims that there are few side effects for patients to be concerned about, which may include bad breath and constipation, due to lack of fiber in the diet.

The $1,500 procedure is a new one in the United States, but has been available for many years in Europe, Di Pietro has pointed out to doubters. But, although Di Pietro claims the extreme diet is safe, critics are not in love with the method. Some state simply that losing too much too fast can be dangerous to the body, and that it is no more than a short-term fix. Di Pietro continues to disagree that the method is unsafe, but does warn that patients with kidney disorders should not participate in the diet, ABC News reported.

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Comments

Submitted by Burn Fat Club (not verified) on
This is probably one of the wildest diets to come along in many years. It will be interesting to see if it really catches on after the initial media buzz. I think people will be ridiculed too much for it to gain traction.

Submitted by William Burrows (not verified) on
When I first heard this story, I was absolutely disgusted. Actually, I was furious. I said to everyone, how could people WANT a feeding tube just so they can lose weight. There are people, like my sister, who have had to be on a feeding tube and/or are still on a feeding tube fighting for there lives praying they would gain weight. It is sad that some have lost the battle. When my sister got down to 86 pounds, she had no choice but to go on TPN or IV nutrition as her feeding tube failed. It was not because she wanted a feeding tube to lose weight, she was and continue to be in the fight for her life. There are too many on or have been on feeding tubes that actually need them to live. Any doctor who agrees to do this to her is not acting ethically or thinking about how his actions impact those who actually need a feeding tube to survive. The big difference is that the women who use a feeding tube to lose weight don't have to live with it for the rest of their lives. Have them live with a feeding tube for a few months (without the option to eat any food) and see if they still feel the same way. I doubt it!

Agreed; thanks for making such a great point and for sharing your/your sister's experience.

Submitted by Ashley Jenkins (not verified) on
I'm 16 years old, I had to get my first feeding tube when I was 14 years old because I was losing too much weight due to a disease know as Gastroparesis. I have many friends with feeding tubes and it's sad and hurtful to hear that people would use a feeding tube in such a mocking way. I wish these brides-to-be would think about that.

Submitted by Ashley Jenkins (not verified) on
I'm 16 years old, I had to get my first feeding tube when I was 14 years old because I was losing too much weight due to a disease know as Gastroparesis. I have many friends with feeding tubes and it's sad and hurtful to hear that people would use a feeding tube in such a mocking way. I wish these brides-to-be would think about that.

Submitted by kediet makes sense (not verified) on
so what i've been on a feeding tube, heck i've had to take tpn intravenously, whats your point, you're going to shame people....give it a rest...what really does make sense is all the super sugar filled drinks, and the nutra sweet that was sold to the masses, when the data didnt support it...so this method makes some sense, it shocks the body, and gets you off the crack/meth everyday people are addicted to in the form of carbs, leave the high and mighty stuff to the child molesting priests and coaches