Extreme Diet Popular with Brides-to-Be

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by Cassandra R. Elias

In the News: Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days by Inserting a Feeding Tube

Crash DietThe K-E diet is the latest crash diet. This one is gaining popularity with brides-to-be as women are losing as much as 10-20 pounds in 10 days. How do they do it? They diet using a feeding tube!

Recently featured in the New York Times, the diet involves having a feeding tube inserted through the nose and down into the esophagus for 10 days. Then, a slow drip of protein and fix with water is slowly dripped in. Total calories consumed is 800 per day with zero carbs.

The fad isn't cheap. It costs $1,500. How it "works" is it puts the body into ketosis. This is where the body burns fat instead of sugar.

Dr. Oliver DiPietro, who administers the diet in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida told ABC News that the diet is done on an outpatient basis. The patient walks around with a bag filled with the food solution and a tube inserted into the nose.

"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," DiPietro explained.

Dieters can remove the tube for one hour per day and can drink water, tea or coffee throughout the day.

"The main side effects are bad breath; there is some constipation because there is no fiber in the food," DiPietro said, adding those with kidney issues should not try the K-E Diet.

The K-E Diet has been popular for years in Italy and Spain, called the KEN Diet, and in the United Kingdom for the past year, where the Daily Mail criticized it for being too extreme.

Leah Hardy of The Daily Mail wrote last March, "This could be the most shocking, controversial diet ever to reach Britain. It is a regime so extreme, so drastic, it makes LighterLife's shakes-only system look like a daily five-course banquet. The KEN, or Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet, involves eating absolutely nothing at all."

Although it has only recently come out in the United States, the diet has already gained popularity here, especially with brides-to-be.

For those of us who have or have had loved ones, especially babies in NICU on feeding tubes, it seems bizarre that one would choose to walk around with one for the sake of losing ten pounds, doesn't it?

What do you think about this diet? Are you alarmed? Do you think it's nifty? Sound off in our comments -- we want to know what you think!

Editor's note: We do not approve or promote this diet. The information provided is for informational purposes only.