The Feeding Tube Diet. Really?

This morning, Cory shared an article with me about the newest fad diet for brides-to-be. 

Source: Gizmodo

That’s right ladies, for a small price of $1,500 you can have a feeding tube placed down your nose. Said feeding tube will allot you 800 calories per day, which will “helps” shock your body, resulting in rapid weight loss.

Nevermind the fact that side effects include severe constipation your breath smelling of sweet nail polish remover.

Sign me up!

I don’t think I have to spend too many words describing HOW CRAZY I think this is. I mean, really?! 800 calories a day? If I was on that diet, 500 of them would be gone by breakfast.

Maybe this irks me more than it should because I recently went through that “bride-to-be” phase. Except, I never went on a diet.


Cake > smiling for wedding pictures

If homebody proposed to you when you weighed X pounds, WHY do you think you need to lose anything before your wedding day?


I understand that ladies say they “want to feel their best” on their special day, but 9 times out of 10, it turns into a psychotic obsession, and the majority of her engagement is spent worrying about a number on the scale.

Play more, worry less. (Photo credit)

I don’t think this feeding tube diet is going to become commonplace, but it’s just a reminder of the scary lengths that women will go to to become thinner. Ladies, if you want to drop a few pounds, be healthy! Eat some salmon and spend 30 minutes a day moving. It’s not as complicated as people make it out to be.

Let’s chat – Have you ever been on a fad diet? Did it work, or did you regret it? I tried South Beach for, like, 32 hours when I was in high school. Clearly, it didn’t last. 


  1. says

    I saw that on The Today Show yesterday, and I can’t believe how ridiculous it is. I am not going on a diet for my wedding. I’ve already had my final fitting for my dress, so there’s no reason to shed any pounds! And if I happen to lose weight because of stress, it gives me a reason to eat a little more so the dress fits ;).

    • Colleen says

      I love that perspective! That’s how I saw it, too. After my final fitting, there was absolutely nothing to worry about – because I didn’t want to have to go through another fitting!

  2. says

    I did the Atkins Diet a time or two. I had to stop because I lost a lot very quickly and got light headed, etc. It’s a good shock, but it’s a diet not a lifestyle change. I have changed things up for the last few months and been pretty successful. Megan hates my diet (same thing every day- at least for the last 4 months)… but it’s cheap and it works.

    • Colleen says

      Cory’s done Atkins a few times as well – and lost a significant amount of weight each time. But like you said, it’s not something that should be maintained over a long period of time (hellooo, cardiac arrest!) but it does shock the system for sure. I pretty much eat the same thing too. It works! And if I want to “splurge”, it’s never a problem.

  3. says

    The tube diet makes me sick just thinking about it. I’ve never tried a fad diet, unless you count trying to go vegetarian for two weeks.

  4. says

    Ugh, I saw this too. CRAZY!! Not only is it sad that they feel like they have to do this before their wedding day and a crazy waste of money, but how do you go through your normal life with this?? How do you explain to co-workers and such that you’re walking around with a feeding tube so you can lose weight before your wedding day?? Which is worse: humiliating yourself by walking around with a feeding tube to diet or feeling like you were a few pounds over your ideal weight on your wedding day??

    I did a no-carb diet for the week leading up to senior prom only because I (luckily) tried on my dress to show friends the week before and the dress would. not. zip. [This was the year that Rita’s introduced their banana split creme water ice.] It worked and on prom day the dress fit perfectly. Luckily it was only a week.

    • Colleen says

      RIGHT?! How do you EXPLAIN that to people?! Like that lady in the picture – she’s already thin!! Stupid.

  5. says

    Omg I keep hearing about this diet today and it makes me so sad! I am not planning on doing anything differently for my wedding when it comes to diet and exercise because I think it would just make me unhappy and because I’m pretty okay with where I’m at…and I’d probably turn into a waifish bridezilla- yuck haha.

  6. says

    I will admit that I consciously made an effort to be healthier before my wedding. I didn’t do anything crazy, like only eat fruit or completely cut out anything with fat in it… but I did eat healthier and work out more regularly. I think it was mostly because I knew I would be looking at my wedding pics for FOREVER and didn’t want to feel crappy about them. I understand why people focus on their diet and exercise more before their wedding and I’m really glad I did. I don’t look back at my pics now and say “omg look how skinny I was, I wish I looked like that now!!!” because honestly, I didn’t really LOSE any weight for my wedding. But just knowing the effort I put into being healthy made me feel like I didn’t have to worry about my weight on that big day.

    NOW, with that being said…I agree that fad diets are no no good. I have a girifriend who is always trying these things and I try to tell her that eating healthy, moderation, and exercise are the way to go but you know how us American’s are…we want results NOW! Many fad diets give you results quickly but as soon as you go back to the way you were before, so does your weight. Living a healthy lifestyle is the way to go.

    • Colleen says

      Agreed! I wasn’t eating Big Macs leading up to my wedding, but I wasn’t trying to lose weight either. Feeling good is what matters!

  7. says

    “Eat some salmon and spend 30 minutes a day moving” – that’s the BEST thing I’ve read all day. It’s basic … and it’s super important. I read about this crazy stupid feeding tube diet yesterday and had a long conversation about it with my friend. It’s just ridiculous … I wish people would remember (and value!) doing things the healthy way. I’ve never tried a fad diet, but can understand how people can fall into the trap of thinking it’s *easy* and *quick*…

    • Colleen says

      Yep! Who wouldn’t want something easy and fast when the alternative (ie: healthy) way takes time and hard work. I get the idea – but the quick fixes don’t have staying power. That’s what people fail to realize.

  8. says

    I saw this and wanted to do a post about it, but it just made me so mad. Stupidstupidstupid!

    This diet is so dangerous…putting your body into ketosis is NOT HEALTHY. There are so many health hazards to this diet it’s ridiculous. The simple fact that a doctor is backing it up does NOT make it okay. It just means he is trying to make money selling a product that desperate people are buying. BLEH!

  9. says

    That idea is so disgusting-it actually made my stomach queasy to read about it…I’m getting married on June 9th, and the pressure to look “my best/amazing/PERFECT” in my wedding dress is insane. Seriously, that stress that society puts on every bride is horrible. Yes, I want to look good, but who says I look bad now?! Thank you for making a point of just striving to be healthy and HAPPY on your wedding day!

  10. says

    Holy crap, I heard about this and my jaw dropped! That is just out of control. First of all, there is no way I would want a tube stuck up my nose. That freaks me out. Second of all, I would not be able to function on 800 cals a day. Crazy

  11. says

    I just don’t understand how this is constituted as a “diet”. It’s plain wrong. Also, unless you have an incredibly short engagement, diet and exercise can shed the same amount of pounds.

    My friend posted this on Facebook yesterday and we were pretty disgusted by it. I assumed this was for people who are lazy about diet and exercise, so we went on to talk about how you can’t eat McDonalds and magically be skinny (let alone HEALTHY or feel good) … but apparently now you can. It got me thinking about the crap people put into their bodies when they could be eating sooooo much more food for so many less calories and so much more nutrition (hence the 800 calories tweet — probably an exaggeration … but hope this explains my idea further than twitter can!).

    And that reminded me of the people I saw at the grocery store on Sunday. A family buying groceries … er … booze. And two TV dinners for their two children. Really? Really.

    I just think it’s so funny that the majority this country (and probably other places too) is so obsessed with how you look on the outside and not at all concerned with overall health and wellness.

    That was a tangent. That being said, I’d take a size 6 or 8 wedding dress over a feeding tube any day. I used to think size 2 was perfect, but then I realized I wasn’t healthy. And that I liked food.

    • Colleen says

      I see what you mean, now! Yeah, 800 calories can be a lot if it’s the RIGHT kind of food. I still think it’s not enough to sustain an active person, but I’m just thinking about myself! Agreed – my wedding dress was not a size 2, and I felt beautiful anyway! (Plus, the whole “emaciated” look isn’t one of my favorites 😉 )

  12. says

    As a nurse this really concerns me. What doctor would prescribe such a thing??? Because, you know, tube feedings are invasive and require a doctor’s order and a registered dietician to monitor the site. There are some serious potential problems that can occur with tube feedings as well, including aspiration pneumonia. Well at least the coffin with be light. Sorry, but I am appalled. Thanks for sharing this very disturbing phenomenon, I hope people will see that this is really an absurd way to lose weight. (By the way, tube feedings are meant to put on or maintain weight, not lose it)

    • Colleen says

      Right – what medical professional is allowing this?! It’s beyond me, really. The light coffin comment – touché! People just – your INSIDES being healthy is more important than being THIN on the outside.

  13. says

    This segment on the Today Show made both me and my husband stop to watch. I did diet for my wedding but I had two years and planned on doing it the old fashioned way. It was more of a long term goal than a need for pictures. This seems to be a statement of our culture of convenience. We as a culture just expect immediate results.

    • Colleen says

      Immediate results – exactly. Losing weight in a healthy way, over an extended period of time is how is SHOULD be done. Kudos to you! :)

    • Colleen says

      Wow! Yeah, SB worked for my mom too. She’s not as much of a carb-o-holic like myself, and it worked! And she lost it in a pretty healthy amount of time, too. Nothing crazy-scary about South Beach, IMO.

  14. says

    This makes me really sad! As a bride to be, I know what it’s like to fear not fitting into your dress or looking horrible in pictures. However, I think extremes (like this so called diet) during such a stressful time are so dangerous. The focus should be on exercising and eating a well balanced diet. And anyway, all brides are beautiful!!!

    • Colleen says

      Parita, you are going to be the most BEAUTIFUL bride!! It’s probably weird how excited I am to see the pictures of your big day :)

  15. says

    Wow – that almost seems like a joke, except that it’s not funny. How crazy?!?! I attempted to attempt (yes, you read that correctly) the South Beach Diet once or twice, but I couldn’t give up carbs. I only lasted about 4 days both times.

  16. kristen @ livinlifeinlouie says

    wow! that is extreme and ridiculous at the same time. who gets to put the tube in? How does that help you not want to ripe everyone’s heads off because you have only had 800 calories a day???

  17. says

    you put my thoughts so much more eloquently than i ever could – my wedding is in august and so many people have been asking me, are you losing weight for your wedding? NO! i’ve lost some weight just because i’m able to be active after months of crutches/knee surgery.

    exactly like you said – why do women feel the need to lose so much weight! i understand wanting to look great but i believe your wedding should reflect YOU as you are. and why wait for a ring to start getting healthy?! grr.

    anyway, i’m with ya and appreciate this post. :)

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