Controversial diet uses feeding tube to lose weight fast

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Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. But some are going to extreme measures to lose weight. They’re using what’s called the K-E Diet. It involves running a feeding tube through your nose and subsisting on an 800 calorie liquid diet.

“This illustrates how desperate people are for weight loss, especially a person who’s about to get married,” said Dr. Ethan Lazarus.

Lazarus treats patients at the Clinical Nutrition Center said this isn’t an appropriate option for brides who want to drop a few pounds.

“Done with proper medical supervision, many doctors would say is an appropriate treatment for someone who is really heavy and needs to lose weight for medical reasons,” Lazarus said. “But that’s not typically a style of eating plan that we would lose 20 pounds for a wedding with.”

Pure Barre in Cherry Creek offers classes for brides-to-be wanting to get in shape.

“I’m going to have these pictures for the rest of my life, so I want to look the best I can for these pictures and my special day,” said bride-to-be Tiffany Grimm.

The classes make her work hard, and she’s willing to put in the effort. But she’s not willing to damage her body.

“I love my food, and I think any type of diet that’s a crazy fad diet, it’s good for momentary use, but then you’re going to gain it back,” Grimm said.  “that’s not something I want to put my body through.”

Dr. Lazarus says Tiffany has the right idea.

“I wouldn’t try starting a weight loss program 20 days before the wedding,” he said. “I think if we want to look great for the wedding it really behooves us to give ourselves 3 or 6 or 9 or even 12 months.

And he wouldn’t trust any physician offering up weight-loss through a tube.

“Physicians take an oath to first and foremost do no harm,” he said. “And I don’t know that we could say that physicians doing this kind of treatment are upholding that oath.”

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