The controversy of the feeding tube diet

If you are looking for ways to lose weight fast, then you must look at the feeding tube diet. The diet was introduced in 2011 and is available in the US and the UK. It aims to reduce your weight by limiting the amount of food that goes in your body. This means that you will only get the necessary nutrients that your body needs and therefore, the tendency to overindulge is eliminated.

Explaining how it works

The feeding tube diet works, as follows:

  • A portable feeding tube is inserted in the nose. A solution of 800 calories is fed through the tube laden with vitamins, proteins and oils.
  • Carbohydrates are eliminated from the solution.


If you think you can put up with this kind of diet, there are restrictions that you have to follow or requirements such as:

You must have a body mass index of 27 or higher. The BMI is an indication of the ratio of the body mass to the weight.

To know your body index, use the following formula:

BMI = mass (kg)/(height (m))2

Those with a BMI from 25 to 30 are considered overweight whilst from 30 to 35, moderately obese. Severely obese people have a BMI from 25 to 40 whilst very severely obese are those whose BMI is more than 40.

Advantages of the diet

People who are on this diet are not likely to go binging because no hunger pains are felt. It fools the body into feeling full. Your body will get just what it needs – no more or less.


A big con of the diet is that you have to walk around with a bag of the solution. In addition, it might feel uncomfortable when the tube is first inserted in the feeding tube. Another con to this type of losing weight is of course, the cost. On average, it costs $1,600 for 10 days or $160 a day. Hence, it is not exactly a cheap option.


At the moment, there are no known risks of the feeding tube diet. But, as expected, this is a type of fad diet, one that will be forgotten once the moment has passed. In the UK, the diet is regarded as extreme. Some say this is a risky plan because the feeding tube could be dislodged and push food into the lungs. On the other hand, advocates of the diet say there are enough researches on it to conclude that it does not pose any risk to the patient. You be the judge.

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