Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Features / Living

May 20, 2012

Starving to fit in

Crash dieting before the big day can lead to some big problems.

 

Wedding season is fast approaching and so too is the anxiety of almost every bride. Planning the wedding is tough, sure, but what about losing those 10 to 20 pounds every bride seems to want to shed before the big day? 

Apparently, brides can now diet without eating a thing for 10 days. No, it’s not exactly anorexia. All they have to do is be comfortable enough to go about normal life with a feeding tube shoved up their nose for the duration of the “diet.” 

Seriously.

The Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet, or K-E diet, which promises brides (or those who want to rapidly lose weight) a weight loss of 20 pounds in 10 days hit America within recent months. 

Dr. Gianfranco Cappello of the University of Rome came up with the diet and told the New York Times that he has successfully treated more than 20,000 obese people with it. The diet has been going strong in Europe for several years and, Capello said, his patients have a weight loss average of almost 25 pounds after being on rounds of the diet for as many days. 

Those on the controversial diet are under a doctor’s supervision for the duration, in which patients are “fed” 800 calories a day in protein, healthy fats and water. Carbohydrates are nixed completely, and the body burns fat in a process called ketosis. Patients don’t get the satisfaction of chewing anything for more than a week, akin to the rules of having your wisdom teeth cut out. 

While the thought of rapid weight loss may sound appealing (at least, more so than a tube up your nose), an Internet search reveals that the diet costs about $1,500 or more, depending on the doctor you choose and how closely you’re monitored. 

“To lose 10 to 20 pounds, you would need between two and four months,” said Amber Massey, a registered dietician with Texas Health Resources. “Two pounds a week would be about eight pounds a month.” 

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