The weight loss world has a wacky field of gimmicks and devices that claim to to help you lose unwanted fat. Well add another trend to the list, weight loss via feeding tube.
That’s right, a feeding tube used to lose weight. According the the New York Times article the individual has a feeding tube placed in a nostril. For ten days they go on a no-carb, 800 calorie per day diet provided to them via the feeding tube. During this time individuals can drop 5 to 10 pounds. All for the low price of $1,500.
Okay maybe it works, but was it really worth it? If you put anyone on a 800 calorie, no carb diet they will lose weight. The one thing that most medical weight loss methods miss is the psychological transformation that occurs during the weight loss. You can’t put someone that is a habitual over-eater, have them drop a bunch of weight in a short period of time and expect their over-eating habits to go away. They will end up right where they started.
Maybe I’m biased because it’s not the way I teach my clients to lose weight. However, at the end of the day, indivduals that take the time to learn and live a healthy lifestyle through routine and hard work will end up maintaining that healthy lifestyle long term.
A few tips to avoid weight loss gimmicks:
- To good to be true factor. If something claims you can lose weight with little exercise or diet, stay away.
- The white coat factor. Don’t get me wrong there are many great weight loss clinics, but just because someone is wearing a white coat, doesn’t mean what they are selling is effective
- New Technology factor. If weight loss method is proclaimed as “new” or “revolutionary”, it’s probably so new that it hasn’t been proven to work.
- Cost:Benefit Factor. Maybe the “Feeding Tube” method works, but for $1,500? Instead get a gym membership, hire a trainer, or a nutritionist. All of those will cost you less.
Photo Credit: Barbara Fernandez for The New York Times