The K-E Diet

How badly do you want to lose weight fast? Are you willing to let a doctor snake a feeding tube through your nose, into your stomach? If so, you could lose 20 pounds in 10 days!

The K-E diet is sometimes called the Feeding Tube Diet. The "K-E" in the KE diet is short for Ketogenic Enteral, which refers to the ketone bodies that are introduced directly into the stomach. These ketones are found in all of us, a byproduct of normal energy production. The ketones suppress our feelings of hunger and trigger the body's normal reaction of burning fat in the absence of fresh calories.

Dr. Oliver Di Pietro
The K-E diet is not a do-it-yourself diet. The K-E diet is the brain child of Dr. Oliver Di Pietro. He runs a weight loss clinic in Florida and is the exclusive provider of this diet. Maybe work in a trip to Disneyworld, too? Dr. Di Peitro charges $1,499 for the 10 day diet program.

A small tube, about the size of a spaghetti strand, is inserted into your nose and fed down into your stomach. Your nose is numbed in advance, so this procedure is painless. Once the tube is in place, the K-E solution is slowly dripped into the stomach. The solution contains proteins and fat dissolved in water. There are no carbohydrates in the solution, so your body must burn fat to generate energy.

You are not hospitalized during the10 day K-E diet. Once the doctor inserts the feeding tube, you can go home. You wear the tube, attached to a small pump and bag of solution, for the entire time. You can go about your daily life, shower, exercise, go out. You just can't eat anything.

There are few side effects. Most people develop bad breath. The ketosis that burns the fat makes your breath foul. There's no good solution for that, because you're counting on the ketosis for the weight loss. Some people get constipated, because they aren't getting any fiber. That is easier to address, but not fun. The biggest issue is mental. You will not be chewing anything for 10 days. This can be a real issue for a lot of people. Again, there's not much you can do about it.

Could this diet work for you? There is no dispute about the weight loss claims. Not eating carbohydrates for 10 days will certainly deliver weight loss. This approach is well below the government's recommended 1,200 calorie per day diet minimum, so it certainly qualifies as a "crash" diet. There's no lifestyle change either, so it is reasonable to expect that you will gradually return to your previous weight once the feeding tube is removed.

Have you tried it? How is the whole "eating through your nose" thing accepted by your friends? Click on the Comment button and let us know.


1 comment:

  1. This looks pretty drastic! Anyone tried it? Doesn't your gag reflex kick in eventually?