Bride Adapts Nose-Tube Diet as Wedding Preparation

There was a time when brides prepped with a spa day and professional makeup and hair styling; now, according to a report by the New York Times, they are turning to extended juice fasts and radical weight loss plans such as the K-E Diet which involves being administered a mere 800 calories a day through a tube that runs from the nose through the esophagus and into the stomach.

Like marked-up wedding dresses and exorbitant caterers, it all comes with a hefty price tag. But Jessica Schnaider, 41, of Surfside Florida, stuck with the K-E diet, for a cost of $1,500 for 10 days, in order to slim down for her June wedding. Her weight loss guru, Dr. Oliver R. Di Pietro explains that the tube administers a solution of protein and fat, but no carbohydrates. This puts the body into a state of ketosis, which can lead to quick weight loss because it starts burning fat instead of sugars (carbohydrates) for energy. Nose tube diets promise to help you lose as many as 20 pounds in less than two weeks.

While Schneider and other brides-to-be who engage in extreme weight loss plans often do shed pounds prior to their wedding day, critics warn that crash diets can cause side effects such as kidney stones, headaches, dizziness, vitamin deficiencies, and dehydration. They can also lead to weight cycling—when you gain back more pounds than you lost.

Like marriage, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a marathon, not a sprint. Its no surprise brides want to look gorgeous on their wedding day, but being skinny for photographs certainly won’t prevent a divorce.

What do you think of the K-E Diet? Would you be willing to go through it to prepare for your own wedding?

Source: Yahoo News

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Not Enough People Follow Heart-Healthy Habits

Less than 2% of Americans meet seven recommended heart health targets that could dramatically reduce their risk of heart disease, according to a new study.

The research shows that the number of people who follow all seven heart-healthy habits recommended by the American Heart Association, like eating a healthy diet, being physically active, and having normal blood pressure, has actually declined in recent years. Researchers found that the percentage of Americans who followed all of the health behaviors dropped from 2% in 1988-1994 to 1.2% in 2005-2010. The seven behaviors include:

    • Not smoking
    • Being physically active
    • Having normal blood pressure (under 120/80)
    • Healthy fasting blood-glucose levels (below 100)
    • Total cholesterol levels below 200
    • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Eating a healthy diet

People who met six of the seven goals had a 76% lower risk of heart-related death and a 51% lower risk of death from any cause, compared with those who met one or fewer. Not surprisingly, the results showed that the more heart-healthy goals people met, the lower their risk of heart disease and death. Meeting a higher number of the heart health targets was also associated with a lower risk of cancer.

Experts say the results suggest new public health policies are needed to help the majority of people who are at moderate risk of heart disease and encourage them to follow more heart-healthy habits.

Source: Web MD

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