K-E Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on July 25, 2012

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The K-E Diet has been receiving a large amount of attention over the last short while, particularly following an article in the New York Times that revealed that some dieters – brides, in particular – have been using a feeding tube (known as a nasogastric) in order to help themselves to lose weight. The official name for this program is Ketogenic Eteral Nutrition.

It involves the use of a rubber or plastic tube, which is typically used by patients who have undergone surgery or individuals who have some form of obstruction so that they are unable to eat in the traditional way. However, in the case of the K-E Diet, it is a new drastic form of weight loss technique that has found its beginnings in the United States.

Though many people have already been speaking out against this diet, calling it everything from “gross” to “disturbing”, what many dieters want to know is if it is effective and whether or not it is safe to try.

The creator of the K-E Diet is Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro, who runs the only clinic that offers this program, which is located in Florida. Dr. Di Pietro is a specialist in internal medicine. According to the pamphlet that his clinic – the only one offering this type of weight loss – provides, over a period of 10 days, it can generate approximately 20 pounds of weight loss, which is around 10 percent of the total body weight of most of the patients.

Patients on the K-E Diet are intubated with the tube and are provided with a ten-day supply of the supplement powder, which must be mixed with water so that it can travel through the tube and into the stomach. This powder is an 800 calorie daily dose of protein and fat. The only other things that patients are allowed to consume are unsweetened tea, black coffee, and water. The supplement solution must be carried around in a tote bag for the full ten days so that it can continually drip into their bodies for 24 hours per day.

PROS

The primary benefit from following a diet this extreme is rapid weight loss. Although losing 20 pounds in 10 days is alluring, people considering this diet should also realize that rapid weight loss is usually followed by weight gain.

CONS

Though there isn’t anything specifically dangerous about this diet, there are several risks and side effects. For example, as with any use of a feeding tube, there is a slight choking risk. Studies have also shown that using these tubes can leave the esophagus unprotected from stomach acid erosion, and possible choking and obstruction from debris entering the pharynx. It also becomes possible for a throat infection to develop as stomach bacteria colonizes in the throat.

According to Dr. Di Pietro, other side effects of the K-E Diet can include halitosis (bad breath), potential kidney problems, and constipation (for which Mirilax laxative can be taken). This, as with any other type of very low calorie diet, also risks weakness, headaches, fatigue, and dehydration.

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Debra Goldberg October 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Too bad that the customers of K-E diet don’t know about the Sadkhin Complex. It guarantees a loss of 5-10% of body weight in 10 days (without exercise!) yet it’s all-natural and risk-free and makes you feel energized rather than tired. It’s a combination of a very restricted but healthy diet and acupressure (which suppresses all hunger and cravings, and improves metabolism). Oh, and it’s much cheaper and you don’t gain that weight back right away. Disclaimer: I am not an employee, only a very satisfied customer from Massachusetts.

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Kristin C March 4, 2013 at 1:47 pm

This K-E diet works great…sort of. I lost nearly 20 pounds in a month. The next month I gained 6, then the month after I gained 10, and now I’m right back where I started except for one pound.

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