Every bride wants to look good in her wedding dress. When I got married recently, I did my best to work out and eat healthy beforehand. But would you go to the extreme of having a feeding tube inserted to deliver a zero-carb diet of 800 calories a day? Some women are doing just that.
It’s called the K-E diet, K-E for Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition. A doctor inserts a tube through the patient’s nose, down the esophagus and into the stomach, and a liquid food replacement is dripped through the tube. Body fat is burned off through a process called ketosis, caused by a lack of carbs. The price of the 10-day diet—around $1,500—is extreme, like the diet itself. But the real cost may be to your health.
If it sounds too good to be true, it is
Crash diets in general can have a variety of negative short-term effects. People eating very low-calorie diets often report “fatigue, hair loss, dizziness,” says Sharecare expert Dr. Dean Ornish, and are at an “increased risk for gallstones and acute gallbladder disease.” Also, eating so few calories actually slows your metabolism.
But the K-E diet may pose other dangers.
“Ketosis can kill,” says Sharecare expert Dr. Michael Roizen. “It isn’t pretty and doesn’t make you look pretty; ketosis smells bad, too. The original perpetrator of the ketotic diet was an undertaker—ironic but true. So don’t try this K-E diet at home or in the hospital. You make look great afterward, but why risk being buried in your wedding gown?”
Slow and steady wins the race
1. Stick to the principles of the Mediterranean Diet.
2. Cut your carbohydrates in half.
3. Double your vegetables.
4. Replace sugary snacks with fresh fruit.
If you want to slim down for a wedding, plan ahead. That way, you can shed 1 to 2 pounds a week—a healthy goal—and feel like yourself on your wedding day.
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