Wedding diets go extreme with feeding tubes

Wedding diets go extreme with feeding tubes

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by David Krough

kgw.com

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 17 at 9:30 AM

Just when you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to dieting comes this story.

Brides so desperate to lose weight they wear a feeding tube hoping to take off 20 pounds in 10 days.

The Today Show and the New York Times recently carried reports about the Florida clinic offering the procedure.

“People want to be perfect in this country and I’m allowing them to do that,” said Dr. Oliver DiPietro.

DiPietro inserts a tube through the nose into the stomach under local anesthesia.

“It’s slightly uncomfortable but not terrible,” he explained as he described the procedure which costs a bride $1,500.

The feeding pump delivers 800 calories a day with a combination of protein and fat.

“It’s so extreme and you have to walk around for 10 days, 24/7 with a feeding tube and your pouch,” said Portland personal trainer Alta Acosta-Carter.

She went on to warn of bloating and other side effects when you reintroduce food after the 10 days on a liquid diet.

Carter works for Northwest Personal Training and has helped many clients get ready for the big day the old fashioned way.

“Most brides want to make sure their abs are pulled in nice and tight and when they’re taking photos that their arms look nice and slim,” she explained.

Three months is the amount of time she recommends for getting in shape through cardio, strength training and toning workouts while taking in a minimum of 1,200 calories a day.

“You tone up the body with healthy eating and tighten up the muscle through exercise and you become smaller and fit perfectly into your dress.”

It’s a transformation that Carter says will last much longer than the quick fix of a feeding tube.

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