That almost sounds like a song title. Alas, it’s not. It’s the basic subject of a recent story that’s been making the rounds lately and inspiring a lot of other stories: The K-E Diet: Brides-to-Be Using Feeding Tubes to Rapidly Shed Pounds
My initial reaction was disgust. Who would go to such extremes? Who would pay so much money to look like a freak? Who would walk around looking like somebody who is morbidly ill for several weeks just to lose a few pounds? Also – why not just buy a dress that fits you now, instead of insisting on getting to a lower size?
Here I am, blogging away about weight management and how any program you’ll stick to is the best one but this may just be…a bridge too far.
But when I take a few minutes to look at it logically, I really don’t have a leg to stand on here, do I? The basic premise of the Nose Tube Diet is that it gives you 800 calories per day and you don’t have to make any decisions on what to eat. You’re guaranteed to lose weight. The part that’s off-putting is the nose-tube. That makes it more like a medical procedure, which puts a lot of people off.
But I did the HMR decision-free diet to lose my last 100 pounds, wherein you are restricted to shakes, entrees, and bars for however long it takes to get to your goal weight. The minimum caloric intake each day for me was 500 but I usually came in around 800 while I was on the program. The Nose Tube Diet just changes the delivery mechanism -instead of making the shakes and drinking them, the calories are delivered directly to the stomach via an icky nose tube.
- program administered under a doctor’s supervision.
- side effects are bad breath and constipation.
- have to carry your food everywhere with you.
Check, check, and check. The only difference is delivery mechanism. So while I am extremely sad that our society has given women the message that the only thing that is important about them is their weight, and that looking perfect is more important than their happiness or intellect, I can’t logically criticize this particular program. Other than it’s gross.