(ABC) – Just when you think you’ve heard everything about how to lose weight, something new. More and more brides-to-be are trying something you usually see in hospitals to lose weight for that walk down the aisle.
That method – up to ten days tied to a feeding tube.
It’s that moment of truth, slipping into a wedding gown for that dream day, but as many brides on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” will tell you, there is this real fear.
“I just don’t want to look fat,” says one bride.
That’s exactly how Jessica Schnaider says she felt. With a June wedding approaching and 10 pounds she said she couldn’t lose, she was desperate for a quick fix.
“I don’t have all of the time on the planet just to focus an hour and a half a day to exercise so I came to the doctor, I saw the diet, and I said, you know what, why not, let me try it, so I decided to go ahead and give it a shot,” says Schnaider.
But the diet she tried was no ordinary calorie counting program. Jessica says she went extreme. She spent eight days on a feeding tube – part of an increasingly popular, but somewhat controversial, program, called the K-E Diet, which promises to help you shed 20 pound in 10 days.
Dr. Oliver DiPietro, fellow of the American College of Physicians, says, “It is a very effective diet. It is a hunger free way of dieting.”
Dr. DiPietro showed us how it works: Dieters insert a feeding tube into their nose, which runs to the stomach.
They’re fed a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water – zero carbs – totalling 800 calories a day.
Dr. DiPietro says body fat is burned off through a process called ketosis, which leaves muscle intact.
“Within a few hours and your hunger and appetite go away completely so patients are actually not hungry at all for the whole 10 days. That’s what is so amazing about this diet,” says DiPietro.
Dr. DiPietro says patients are under a doctor’s supervision, though they’re not hospitalized. Instead, they carry that food solution with them, in a bag, like a purse, keeping the tube in their nose for ten days straight and DiPietro says there are few side effects.
“The main side effects are bad breath. There is some constipation because there is no fiber in the food,” says DiPietro.
Jessica says she was never hungry, but it still wasn’t easy. “It was emotionally like, difficult, you know the 10 days of not eating, and sometimes I had to give excuses to people who were asking ‘Are you sick?’ and I was like no I’m not sick, I’m not dying, I’m fine!” she says.
The K-E diet is new to the U.S. But has been around for years in Europe. Dr. DiPietro charges $1,500 for the ten day plan, and says these before and after pictures sell themselves.
Critics warn that losing too much weight too fast can be dangerous, and it ultimately won’t last.
Dr. DiPietro says that people with kidney issues should avoid the diet.
Doctors also say with so much pressure on brides to be perfect, it’s easy to understand why this kind of rapid weight loss might seem appealing but may not be healthy.
“If you lose the weight too quickly your mind is not going to be able to catch up with a newer, skinnier you,” says psychoanalyst Dr. Bethany Marshall.
Jessica says she kept her tube in for eight days, skipping the last two days, because she had already lost the 10 pound she wanted.
“I’m happy because those 10 pounds went off fast, without hunger,” says Schnaider.
So far, she’s kept it off and is looking forward to her big day this summer.