Brides that want to fit into their dream wedding dress will go about any distance to lose those few pounds. Even if that’s inserting a feeding tube through your nose for 10 days.
It’s called the K-E diet and promises a loss of 20 pounds in 10 days and will cost you about $1,500 for the 10-day plan. It’s new to the United States, but has been around Europe for years.
Brides, or anyone that wants to lose weight, insert a feeding tube into their nose that runs to the stomach. Then they are 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, the state in which the body burns fat rather than sugar and leaves muscle intact.
Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, Florida told ABC News, “It is a hunger-free, effective way of dieting. Within a few hours, 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.”
Patients that decide to try the new K-E diet are under doctor’s supervision, but don’t have to be hospitalized. They carry the food with them in a bag and keep the feeding tube in their nose for 10 days. “The main side effects are bad breath; there is some constipation because there is no fiber in the food,” says Dr. Oliver Di Piero.
“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.” He added, “At first I decided not to do it for people who just want to lose a few pounds … But then I thought, why should I say 5 or 10 pounds are not enough? People want to be perfect.”