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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