UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Nose feeding tubes are typically used on patients who are suffering from head or neck cancer and cannot swallow but now they are helping some to shed pounds quickly.
Called the K-E Diet, which is like an extreme form of the Atkins Diet.
Where most people lose about 2 pounds per day for 10 days.
Here’s how it works: you're fed continuously through a feeding tube, small spaghetti sized tube, which gets inserted through the nose under local anesthesia."
It's slightly uncomfortable. And the patient has to carry a feeding pump 24 7.
Mixed with water, that's all the nourishment the patient receives, an infusion of proteins and fats, and no carbohydrates. The patient's intake is only 800 calories a day. But the infusion is constant and there are zero carbohydrates, which curbs hunger.
The body rapidly goes into profound ketosis and when you're in ketosis the body starts to burn fat not muscle which is why you lose so much weight so quickly.
The diet started in Rome about 10 years ago, physicians began using feeding tubes on their patients as a way to lose weight. Then last July, the diet was brought to the United States to help the morbidly obese. But then he saw a shift in demand, including from brides to be.
Slowly the need and the demand shifted toward mainly towards women that needed to lose weight for a specific situation. Brides began coming in and saying, "I need to fit into my wedding dress because I'm a nervous eater, and I've been gaining weight."
But not everyone thinks the diet is a good idea.
Dietitian Keri Glassman says, "While getting 800 calories a day would be too low for most people, getting them from lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats is very different than getting them through a feed tube."
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