The New Feeding Tube Diet Raises Health Concerns

It is kind of sad that society places so much importance on appearance. The mainstream media has decided that being unnaturally thin is the standard for beauty. This has led to many young people, especially women, doing dangerous things to their body just to shed a few pounds. This includes depriving themselves of food and binging, all of which can be detrimental to health. Not only that, but the weight loss is often more from muscle than it is from fat.

There is now another crazy, rapid weight loss scheme. This new method is known as the Feeding Tube Diet. The method was formulated by Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro and involves the use of a tube that is inserted into the nose and into the esophagus. The patient is then fed a total of 800 calories a day through the tube, which consist of a protein formula with no carbohydrates. The formula used also suppresses appetite, so the patient will not go hungry during the process.

The diet lasts for 10 days, and patients have reported an average loss of 15-20 pounds. Dr. Pietro charges 1,500 dollars for the procedure.

Dr. Michael Aziz, an intern at Lenox Hill Hospital based in New York, believes the Feeding Tube Diet poses some dangerous risks. He pointed out that with such a procedure, the weight loss is mostly from water, which is only temporary. While this may be great if you are trying to fit into a wedding or prom dress, the weight is often regained within a matter of days. He further added that the diet can also lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can cause thyroid and heart problems.

There are a lot of people who are unhappy with their physique. However, this is no reason to try some new diet fad that can pose a serious health risk. If you want a better body, then stop looking for shortcuts and get it done through the old fashion way: through proper dieting and exercise.