K-E Diet Craze: Miami Doctor Puts Brides-To-Be On Feeding Tubes to Lose Weight

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Dr. Di Pietro is one of his own K-E clients
Miami just might be the most image-conscious, beauty-obsessed place on Earth. So it's no surprise that our sexy, superficial city is the American epicenter of a new controversial diet craze.

It's called ketogenic enteral nutrition, or the K-E diet for short. Translation: a doctor threads a feeding tube through your nose and down your esophagus, delivering an 800-calorie liquid mixture of fat and protein straight into your stomach. You could lose 20 pounds in 10 days.

Critics say the idea is crazy, even dangerous. But Bay Harbor Islands doctor Oliver Di Pietro -- the only physician in the country to currently offer the procedure -- swears the $1,500 is "simple and safe."

Dr. Di Pietro declined to talk to Riptide, but said in a statement that the K-E diet is meant to "jump start" a longer weight loss program:
The science is based on providing your body with only proteins and fats without carbohydrates or sugars, which force your body into what is called ketosis; this means your body burns up your stores of fat but not muscle because the program is only 10 days long. Because it is delivered to the body in a unique way through the K-E Tube, it works effectively and quickly.
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Other doctors warn that such extreme low-calorie diets can cause kidney stones, headaches, and dehydration. Di Pietro says the principle side effects are bad breath and constipation due to the lack of fiber in the food.

Since the New York Times first wrote about Di Pietro's practice on Bay Harbor Island, public reaction has been harsh.

Someone on ABC's website called the practice "appalling" and "wrong on so many levels."

"This matter is personal to me," the comment continued. "My daughter who is now three has relied on a feeding tube to survive since birth."

"What a trade-off," said another commenter. "Lose 20 pounds and gain bad breath and constipation instead. I think I'll keep the 20 pounds."

Here is Di Pietro's own video promoting the K-E diet:



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viromero89
viromero89

Why can't people try a good old diet and exercise? Dina , the nutritionist at Vida Nutrition, showed me how easy and cheap healthy eating can be. If you're dedicated to your goal she can help you lose weight quick, safe and natural.

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facebook12

Too bad these brides don't know about the Sadkhin Complex. It's a combination of a very restricted but healthy diet and acupressure (which suppresses all hunger and cravings, and improves metabolism). It guarantees a loss of 5-10% of body weight in 10 days (without exercise!) yet it's all-natural and makes you feel energized rather than tired. 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.

Natalya
Natalya

I think it is awesome and why is everyone so down on the doctor for helping people medically. If people want to do this under doctor supervision then why bash him.I am going to try it and look forward to meeting him.

ViancaGorordo
ViancaGorordo

Its great to hear about this new KE diet. This will be helpful to people with diseases especially kidney disease. Kidney disease is known to be the silent killer because its symptoms are not quite obvious. Its also one of the top 10 leading causes of death. If you want to know more about kidney disease, here's a link http://diseasedietcentral.com/

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 Most people think, "Life sucks, and then you die." I disagree. I think life sucks. Then you get cancer. Then you go into chemotherapy. You lose all your hair, you feel bad about yourself. Then all of the sudden the cancer goes into remission, and then all of the sudden you have a stroke. You can't move your right side. And then, maybe, you die.

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