Brides-to-be are known to take drastic measures to fit into the gown of their dreams, but the craze over this spring’s feeding-tube diet may take wedding diets too far. Also referred to as the K-E diet, the fad involves hooking yourself up to the same feeding tubes that patients who cannot eat after a stroke or because of a coma rely on for nutrition. Women who volunteer for the unusual diet allow doctors to place a nasogastric tube through their nose and into their stomach while they carry around a protein pack that dispenses drops of a liquid nutrient mix providing about 800 calories a day. (Health experts recommend women consume from 2,000 calories to 2,400 calories a day.) The procedure isn’t cheap — it costs over $1,000 — and basically starves the body until it enters into a state of ketosis and starts to burn stored fat. Some ads for the diet boast double-digit drops in weight. However, the process can also cause the body to eat away at muscle, which health experts say is dangerous and can lead to more severe health problems that are too high a price to pay for looking slim on your wedding day.
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