Are you freaking kidding me? (with an edit at the end)

This article has me throwing my hands up in the air and wondering when all the madness will end. If you don’t want to click on the link, here’s the rundown: apparently there’s this diet called the KE Diet where a doctor inserts a feeding tube UP YOUR NOSE and into your stomach for ten days AS A WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT QUICKLY.


According to the article, it’s a popular way for brides-to-be to lose weight so they can fit into their wedding gowns on that glorious day. The article profiled one woman and said this:

Slipping into a wedding gown for a dream wedding is a moment of truth for most brides, but as many say that there is a real fear that it will not quite fit. That’s how Jessica Schnaider says she felt with a June wedding approaching and 10 pounds she says 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,” she said. (emphasis mine)

She goes on to say that emotionally, the diet was hard, but she wasn’t hungry for those ten days. That’s just what you want to be, is an emotional wreck right before your wedding. I’m sorry but I feel like this is a really shallow thing to be thinking about before your wedding. I mean, your fiance thought you were beautiful enough as you were to ask you get married in the  first place, right? I wonder what all the fiances are thinking during all this – I mean wouldn’t you think your significant other was a little nutty if they did something this drastic?  And I’m sure her friends and family had to think she was off her rocker. She even says she had to keep convincing people she wasn’t sick:

“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.’

This would be enough to make me NOT want to do this. I can’t imagine running into someone at WalMart and having to explain to them that “hey I’ve got this feeding tube shoved up my  nose so I can lose ten pounds – don’t I look great?!?”

This “procedure” costs approximately $1500 for the ten day treatment and what struck me as odd is that this woman had this done recently, but her wedding isn’t until this summer. Her wedding is in June and it’s now April – plenty of time for her to gain ten pounds back, especially since she lost it so fast! I would think if someone were going to have this done, they would do it right before the wedding, but that’s just me.

I thought the HGC Diet was whack-a-doodle, but KE Diet takes the top place in my list of Crazy Fad Diets.

I don’t begrudge anyone wanting to look their best on that special day, but at least give exercising and eating healthy a try before you go do something as drastic as this. I feel that she had plenty of time to lose the weight the old fashioned way. And I know how hard it is to lose those last ten (or twenty or fifty) pounds, but a feeding tube? Really?

What’s next?

I don’t even want to know.

Edited to Add: Upon re-reading my post, I realize that I sound really judge-y and that is not my intention. I am a big proponent of Finding What Works For YOU, but I just think this K-E Diet sounds dangerous and unhealthy.  The fact that it is even an option is what I have such a hard time accepting. I don’t think the women who do this are horrible, stupid people – I think it’s sad that they feel such pressure to go to such lengths. I have felt that quiet desperation myself a time or two, so I understand WHY it sounds desirable to them, but I also feel that there are safer, healthier ways to go about losing those vanity pounds. 

11 thoughts on “Are you freaking kidding me? (with an edit at the end)

  1. fiancé…cut and paste!
    What’s next? It’s probally safe to assume that if its easy and requires little or no effort people will do it. Honestly, this is all very sad. Great post, Thank you!

  2. (Bringing hands in air down to type).

    So sad. And maddening. I imagine scoundrels lurking and trying to find ways to cash in on the diet industry. They come up with crazy things. Maybe this KE stuff isn’t as low as the tape-worm diet, but still destructive.

  3. Tape worm diet? Seriously? So thanks for the info Jill. I’m just going to run right down to the doctor’s office and ask about it. Uhm…no.

  4. Ha. I thought the same thing when I saw this on the Today Show this morning! Usually, I get pretty angry with stupid diets (irrationally angry almost. They just really perturb me), but with this one I had to laugh at the lunacy of it.

    I feel bad for someone who feels like this is the only way, but the reality is what you said. She’s just going to lose those ten pounds and then immediately gain them back once they pull that tube back out of her nose. Interestingly, she’ll look even fatter after doing this because she’ll lose some muscle mass from starving herself, but the regained weight will almost entirely be fat mass.

    Good Lord. How did we get so stupid? I can’t even say that it’s ignorance anymore. I just think people have become dumbed-down and listen to any idiot willing to sell them a product. I don’t know where all of the blame lies, but I know that this end result of all the misinformation, short-cuts, and marketing schemes is ridiculous.

  5. Oh. My. God. Seriously? I know people can get a little desperate, but this is disgusting. What did they feed her with? And why on earth couldn’t she eat whatever like a normal person?

  6. Yeah, I saw this on BOTH GMA and the Today Show. I have no problem being judgy. Are they insane?!?!! (How’d I do?)

    However, do you remember the women who had their jaws wired shut? It was in the 1980’s mostly, I think. My mom actually knew a nurse who had it done, all in the name of losing weight. This whole thing just drives me crazy.

  7. I didn’t think you sounded judgmental at all. But even if you did, losing weight properly is something we all know a little bit about and we most certainly know that this is NOT the way to do it. As others have said, what in the world will they come up with next? This is sad and just plain wrong!

  8. Sounds silly to me. It doesn’t even actually stop you eating, it is just a way to measure your calorie intake. No different from living on a “shake” diet for ten days, but uglier. You could easily still binge if you wanted. Less extreme than gastric banding or liposuction, so this seems more stupid than dangerous to me.

    At my mum’s suggestion, I went on a very low-carb diet before my wedding and lost 10 pounds. I was living with my fiance and he says he will never let me go on a low-carb diet again — I was cranky and miserable the whole time. He loved me as I was and am, it is my mother who worries more about my weight than I do.

  9. What gets me is the doctors who do that. It seems like medical malpractice to me.

    Plus the whole thing of a woman who needs to lose 10 whole pounds being unhappy enough with herself to try something this desperate?

    Haha. So now we know the secret of those superior thin European women. They’ve been telling us its just because we’re lazy and eat bad. Now we know they secretly have tubes stuffed down their noses part of the time.

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