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.”
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.”
The K-E diet, Massey said, is intended to assist those who are sick with a boost of fat and protein, and should not be used for weight loss.
Besides, eating too-few calories can result in a larger waistline post-wedding, she said.
“A lot of times, it comes into the crash dieting where [you are] going to eat 500 calories a day,” Massey said. “You’ll miss out on your essential nutrients and slow down your metabolism.”
Ladies all know what a slower metabolism means. Weight gain. And not only weight gain, but Massey said when you’re not eating the way you should, your immune system can break down.
“You’ll be more susceptible to getting sick on your wedding day and even on your honeymoon,” she said.
Burleson resident Jessica Denman said she has never had many issues with her weight but because she’s getting married in June, she is hitting the gym a little more than usual.
When asked about crash diets, she laughed. Fortunately, she said, she’s only looking to tone up before the big day.
“I don’t really need to lose weight,” she said.
Crowley newlywed Jessy Tanner said she was not a fan of crash diets, either.
“Before the wedding, I tried to work out as regularly as possible, but as the wedding got closer and closer, I wasn’t working out as much,” she said. “I was working a full-time job, trying to work out an hour a day, plan for the wedding ... It’s harder to keep that stuff going and keep your house clean and all that.”
Tanner works at a chiropractic office and said she knows the importance of a balanced diet. However, as the wedding day drew closer, she found much less time to remember to eat.
“There were more important things going on than food,” she said. “I wasn’t trying to not eat, there was just too much on my mind. When I did eat, I was making better choices. So I did slim down quite a bit.”
Massey said it’s typical for a bride-to-be to have struggles with eating normally, but the important thing is to make sure that when you do have an appetite, healthy choices are made.
“When you crash diet, the biggest concern is organ failure,” Massey said. “That can cause cardiac stress, leading to dehydration. Arrythmia, renal failure. I don’t think people realize they are looking for that immediate result. They just want to look good in their wedding dress. Hopefully they keep that in mind when they are trying to lose weight.”
And, if a bride does suddenly decide to start her weight loss journey the week of the wedding, there are ways to battle bloat and trim your waistline with sensible food choices.
“Even if you’re not hungry, don’t get so stressed out that you won’t eat,” Massey said.
“In those times, focus on quality calories. Fruits and veggies, whole grains and proteins.
“Those things that are high in protein and high in healthy fats like Luna and Kashi granola bars, are good for meal replacement over things like chips or crackers.”