Friday, 9 March 2012

Mad, Bad or Fad? The KEN Starvation Diet

If you dread going on a diet because of food restrictions, then the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet or KEN for short, is probably not for you. In fact, it’s unlikely that anyone in their right mind would want to follow this particular diet, for the KEN Diet involves eating no food whatsoever.

Yes, the latest and possibly most extreme diet to arrive in Britain, lasts for 10 days with an intake of just 1,300 calories for the entire period. Yet this number of calories is what a dieter might expect to consume per day on an average weight loss diet.

So how do dieters get their 130 calories a day if they’re not eating or drinking them? Why, intravenously of course! Those on the KEN diet are fed a liquid nutritional formula via a tube which goes through the nose, down the throat and into the stomach. At the other end of the tube is a pump and the liquid which is drip fed into them throughout the day and night. Dieters can only remove the tube for one hour each day.

This unpleasant form of feeding helps dieters lose up to 10 percent of their body weight over the period they’re attached to the tube. They may consume drinks such as tea or coffee without milk, sugar or sweeteners while the tube is attached. Dieters can eat normally if they want. But those following the diet say they don’t feel hungry after a couple of days and they have, of course, chosen this method of weight loss.

Going on an extreme diet such as this may produce results. But how practical is it? There can’t be many people who could go about their everyday life while attached to a drip. However, if the level of obesity is great enough that they have difficulty in walking or leaving the house, then perhaps this could be something to consider.

The KEN diet, invented by Gianfranco Cappello, an associate professor of general surgery in Italy, is a specialist in artificial feeding, having treated 40,000 patients using the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition method. The diet has been introduced to Britain by Dr Ray Shidrawi, a well respected consultant at the NHS Homerton University Hospital in London.

Read more: Daily Mail Online


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