Brides' Crash Diets: How Far is too Far?

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and a feeding tube? 
A new trend in bridal wedding preparation is taking drastic measures to fit into a wedding dress.  One such measure is the K-E Diet, which includes having a feeding tube inserted through the nose into the stomach and administers an 800-calorie per day diet.
Long gone are the days of preparing for a wedding with simple bridal showers and picking out floral arrangements.  These days, preparing for a wedding often times includes brides feeling pressured to fit into their dress, which can then lead to her participating in a radical weight-loss regime.
The feeding tube diet is not the first drastic weight-loss craze to hit brides.  Other diets include all-juice cleanses, which claim to rid the body of toxins and melt pounds away, and diets that include injections of human chorionic gonadotropin, otherwise known as HCG.  HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy that is thought to promote weight loss.  However, studies have shown that HCG is not an effective weight-loss aid and has not been proven to reduce hunger.  Individuals who do experience weight loss while using HCG injections probably do so because of the slim 500-calorie per day diet that is recommended while using the hormone.
All of these extreme diets feature very low calorie counts, which will ultimately lead to weight loss, but can also lead to health risks, including:

  • kidney stones
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • dehydration

These health risks can possibly affect Wisconsin health insurance premiums.  Not to mention the fact that most crash diets result in the individual gaining back all or more weight than they initially lost.
Instead of taking on one of these crash diets, brides-to-be should try healthier alternatives, such as exercising and swapping out junk food for fruits and vegetables.  Everyone wants to look good on their wedding day, but nobody can pull off a feeding tube in a wedding dress.
 
-Sam

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