A new weight loss procedure has arrived to the US! But is it being used appropriately?
I am sure by now you have heard the report that was on Good Morning America (GMA) about a new weight loss procedure, known as the K-E diet, which has become increasingly popular with brides, so they can be skinny for their special day.
This procedure promises to shed 20 pounds in 10 days. Brides to be are fed a continuous slow drip of protein and fat mixed with water that runs into their stomach via a feeding tube inserted thru the nose (nasogastric tube, NG tube). The 800-calorie a day diet allows the body to burn off fat through a process called ketosis. However, there is a much grander, complex cascade of physiologic processes that are occurring in the human body during periods of inadequate nutrition.
The cost of this procedure is around $1500 and is performed by a physician who supervises the 10 days of tube feeding and the bride to be carries their nutritional solution with them in a bag wherever they go.
My 11-year-old daughter saw this report and her immediate, appropriate response, Ewwwww, shut the front door! Why would anyone do that? Great question from an 11-year-old girl and the answer to that question is certainly complicated and layered.
No procedure is not without risk. The physician in the report, Dr. Di Pietro certainly minimized the potential side effects and risks, which include; aspiration, dehydration, constipation, decreased nutrient absorption, kidney stones, gastric erosions, tube migration or misplacement, infection, skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, fatigue, cardiac disturbances, gastric bleeding, tube clogging, bloating, oral sores, contaminated formula, tubes and others.
Normally physicians utilize different types of feeding tubes to provide nutrition to very ill patients with a wide variety of diseases to include infections, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and severe traumas.
The desired effect of the K-E diet, for what the bride to be was trying to achieve, is temporary at best. And the risks associated with the procedure certainly outweigh the potential benefit, in my humble opinion. I would have a difficult time recommending this procedure to one of my patients only needing to lose such a minimal amount of weight for a non life-threatening reason.
Health and weight loss is best achieved by finding balance in one’s lifestyle. Which means eating healthful foods regularly, exercising your fabulous body daily, and avoiding or limiting the items that can negatively affect your health. Your body is an amazing gift and it is your responsibility to care for it daily. Which means eating nutritious foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising daily and getting plenty of restful sleep.
For those brides to be looking for a sensible weight loss program that incorporates healthful daily food choices combined with resistance and cardio training created specifically for women to build a healthy, strong, disease resistant body, my most recent book, The Bride’s Guide to Quick Weight Loss will provide you a reasonable approach to achieve your goal in a short, fun and easy 31 days. Best of all, no feeding tube required. http://thebridesguidetoquickweightloss.com/ and avaible on Amazon.
Dr. Rob Kominiarek DO, FACOFP, America’s Fitness Doctor™ is creator and author of 16 Minutes A Day An Energizing Fat Loss Solution™ the Home System, The Quick Weight Loss Series™ and Build A Better Body. He is a family physician with an expertise in health, fitness and nutrition. Visit him online at AmericasFitnessDoctor.com. He is on Facebook as America’s Fitness Doctor and on Twitter as Americasfitnessdr