Recently highlighted on Good Morning America, the K-E Diet has been a go-to diet for people who want to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time.
What is the K-E Diet? Under consultation of a doctor, patients are hooked up to a feeding tube for 10 days and “fed” 800 calories of a liquid comprised completely of protein and fat. According to the program brochure posted to the K-E diet Facebook page, the program has newly made it’s way to the U.S. but has been used safely over 100,000 times in Europe.
While you wouldn’t be able to pay me to hook myself up to a feeding tube and giving up healthy foods, many participants are eager to cough up the $1,500 cost of the program in order to achieve their weight goal, which is most commonly to prepare for a big event, like a wedding.
This controversial diet has sparked debates, especially on the K-E Diet Facebook page. Some are excited about the opportunity, while others are horrified and offended for their loved ones forced to be hooked up to feeding tubes for medical reason.
While the program is executed under doctor supervision, it does not take a health expert to understand that this is not a healthy approach to long-term weight management.
Aside from contributing to side effects such as kidney stones, gallstones and dehydration, quick-fix diets or “detoxes” which promise rapid weight-loss in just a few days fail to educate people on how to create and sustain healthy eating habits. Once the program ends, people tend to slide back to the habits that led them to pack on the extra pounds they wanted to get rid of in the first place.