Meghan Tiernan (MS, RD, LDN) is a registered dietitian with a passion for helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle. She strives to help others learn the most nutritious way to eat, in order to achieve good health. Meghan enjoys cooking and running and believes that with just some basic knowledge, you can gain the confidence in yourself to know that you can eat well.

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by Meghan Tiernan, MS, RD, LDN

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Happy New Year once again! I hope everyone is having a great start to 2013!

When I first heard about this diet, I was beside myself. There are a lot of crazy diets out there, but this one might take the cake... not that you can eat cake on a tube feed diet :)

This diet promises the ability to lose 20 pounds in 10 days, all you have to do is pay thousands of dollars and insert a tube into your nose so you can get fed liquid nutrition for 10 days. It promises you won't be hungry at all, getting fed 800 calories a day and putting your body through ketosis... which is not a state you want your body to be in for a prolonged period of time, in case you were wondering.

I work in a hospital for my full-time job, and let me tell you, those tubes down your nose are extremely uncomfortable, and most people beg not to get them. There's definitely a time and place where tube feeding is appropriate and it can save people's lives. However, it has no place in the diet world in my opinion.

People were using this diet for weight loss for reasons including not having the energy or time to exercise or count calories. This diet is the epitome of people's expectations today, getting something without having to work for it. Like I said before, I consider myself a purist when it comes to weight loss. If you really want it, it requires time, effort and motivation on your part. It may take a little longer than 10 days, but you'ls work your way to a more stable and maintainable weight loss and something to feel proud about.

Enjoy your next meal!

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