Low carb diets have been the hottest thing since (no) sliced bread and faded into obscurity before resurging, but a new diet involving a voluntary feeding tube puts a spin on the old “no wheat or sugar” weight-loss strategy.
It seems almost criminally indulgent that so many people in the world struggle obtaining food at all, while we have so much of it people opt to get feeding tubes to stop eating the abundance of accessible food in our culture. Coupled with the fact it’s being touted as popular among brides, who have come to prominence as some of the most entitled individuals walking the face of the Earth, and the feeding tube diet known as the “K-E Diet” seems like a very large affectation indeed.
Basically, the diet takes the principles that make popular diets like the Atkins plan so successful and kicks them into crazy-town, bypassing the whole “eating” aspect of a diet, literally, with a visible feeding tube inserted nasally and guided down the esophagus into the stomach with wires. Instead of noshing on veggies and lean meats as most low-carbohydrate diets permit, the K-E diet supplies dieters with 800 calories of a nutritional solution each day via the tube.
Of course, if you restrict your caloric intake to 800 calories a day- especially when taking carbs down to zero, like the K-E diet does, you can expect to drop a fair few sizes rapidly. And the feeding tube diet promises just that, with weight loss of 20 lbs. in ten days cited as a common benchmark.
Dieter Jessica Schnaider says that she couldn’t budge the last ten lbs. she wanted to shift for her wedding, and the K-E diet helped, even if the feeding tube made her tired and not eating was depressing:
“I don’t have all of the time on the planet just to focus an hour and a half a day to exercise so I came to the doctor, I saw the diet, and I said, ‘You know what? Why not? Let me try it. So I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.”
However, she also said that there was an unexpected side-effect- people thought she needed the tube for a medical reason:
“People think I’m sick, I’m dying.”
The total cost for the K-E diet including the feeding tube and solution is $1500 for the ten day regimen, or $150 per day.