This is just twisted…

Have you guys heard of the K-E Diet?  I hadn’t until I caught something on Good Morning America the other day.  I’d heard the teaser…a new dieting alternative that can help you lose up to 20 pounds in 10 weeks…and I couldn’t turn off the TV until I heard the whole story.  I’m a sucker for a good diet story.

Here’s the deal…the K-E Diet is a method of weight loss where the doctor sticks a feeding tube up your nose and then down into your stomach.  That feeding tube is then connected to a pump which constantly and slowly drips a solution of fat and protein directly into your stomach.  There are no carbs and you get about 800 calories per day.  Supposedly, you never feel hungry and at that end of ten days, you remove the tube and enjoy the new, thinner you.  All this for the bargain basement price of $1,500.  Oh…and don’t worry about the side effects…they are minor and mostly consist of bad breath and constipation…you know, from the complete lack of fiber in your diet.  So even though you are going to be super thin at the end of this, no one will want to come near your stinky breath.

I had to watch the story twice and then I had to read about it online before I believed it was really true.  Even now, I still can’t believe it.

There was a woman interviewed for the story.  She is about to get married and she wasn’t losing enough weight through regular methods.  The woman was thin…she probably wasn’t losing any weight because there wasn’t any to lose!  After eight days on the feeding tube, she’d lost the 10 pounds that was her goal and now she’s just thrilled.

I find the whole thing disturbing.  Look…I want to be thin as much as anyone.  And I want the process of getting there to be as fast and easy as possible.  But a feeding tube up your nose???  I’m sorry, but that’s just twisted.  What ever happened to going for a walk and snacking on carrot sticks?  What happened to being healthy?

The most disturbing part of this whole story is the way GMA was reporting it…not as a crazy, scary health risk, but as a viable alternative to losing a few pounds before your wedding.  George Stephanopoulos actually said he was happy for the woman in the interview.  How is this responsible journalism???

I would love to be a size 4 again…but that’s never going to happen.  I’d basically have to starve myself to get there and that is something I’m just not willing to do.  I’m not willing to risk my health…or my sanity…for a smaller butt.  A size 10 or 12 will do just fine, thank you.  I’d rather be overweight that have to resort to starving myself…or to something even more radical, like using a feeding tube.

Despite the fact that GMA’s doctor said this was safe weight loss, I can see this going badly for someone.  I just really hope that never happens. 



  1. TODAY show reported that story yesterday. Except they reported it more like a WTF story. As they should.

  2. I saw this, too, and it’s insane. People are absolutely wacky when it comes to weight-loss. I thought the HCG thing was assinine, but this takes the cake. Like you, I’d love to come down a couple sizes, but a feeding tube in your nose to do it? Not worth it, thank you very much. And diets are diets because they don’t work. The only thing that works is a lifestyle change, and it has to be sustainable, or you’ll fail. What happens when these people have real food for 3 days?

  3. It’s completely disgusting, I completely agree with you that this is irresponsible journalism. I get that it was aired during school hours so most girls of that age aren’t going to see it, but isn’t this just an anorexia epidemic waiting to happen? 800 calories??? Your body can’t even function properly on 1000 calories a day! I don’t get how this is safe at all. Plus, they probably gain it all back as soon as they start eating again. Way to be an example, folks.

  4. All I can think about is the suffragette movie where Hilary Swank went on a hunger strike and was force fed through a tube just like this.


    Anything presented as credible that eliminates an entire macro-nutrient from your diet instantly loses any respect I may have had for the presenter. And the doctor that says it’s safe. Idiots all of them.

  5. That just freaked me out – I don’t want anything up my nose… and drip… I gagged a bit.

    I’m with you 10-12 would suit me just fine as well. I don’t need to be a 4 to be happy and I certainly can do the whole carrots and walking vs. something shoved down my nose into my gut. ICK.

    You know what else makes me question things.. that Senesa stuff that you shake on your food… WHAT IS THAT?!?!?

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