KEN diet: lose up to 10% of your body weight in 10 days

A very intensive crash diet with astonishing results. Proteins are pumped drop by drop into the stomach through a tube through the nose for 10 days, while you hardly eat or drink. Result: 5 to 10% reduction in your body weight. Is that all healthy? There is a new way to lose weight: the KEN diet. Tens of thousands are now following this 10-day crash diet. What is the KEN diet? What are the expected results and perhaps importantly, what are the pitfalls of this crash diet?

KEN diet

KEN stands for Ketogenic Eternal Nutrition. You hardly eat or drink for a period of 10 days. A tube is inserted through the nose and through this tube a small motor pumps proteins (a substance patented by KEN) drop by drop into the stomach for 10 days. This nutrient contains only 130 calories. You must keep the tube in 23 hours a day, including during the night. This means you consume 2 liters of this KEN food every day. During that one hour a day when you can remove the tube, you can take a shower and drink some water or coffee… without sugar of course!
The creator of the diet, the Italian Gianfranco Capello, promises crushing results: loss of 5 to 10% of your body weight. Many tens of thousands of followers of the diet can now confirm this. Capello already has many followers in Italy, and it is also a topic of discussion in the United Kingdom. The vast majority, 85% of all customers, are very satisfied with the result. And based on these experiences, more and more people are deciding to follow the diet. Or even follow multiple cycles of this diet.

Pitfalls and dangers

It is the (promised) results of the diet, which is also called one of the most extreme diets ever, that blind people to the pitfalls and certainly dangers. The KEN diet costs approximately €1,600. That’s a lot of money, none of which will be reimbursed by your insurance company. If the costs don’t change your mind, your health may be a reason to think carefully before following a crash diet.
A crash diet is not healthy for the body. Drastically cutting back on food and drink can have the following consequences:

  • overload of the kidneys
  • a stinking breath
  • risk of malnutrition: due to ingesting too few calories
  • your body starts an emergency plan: it will save calories to compensate for the deficit


Yoyo effect

A frequently heard phenomenon when losing weight and following diets is the yo-yo effect. This means that you will eventually gain weight when you stop your diet. And with that, the accumulated results of the diet quickly disappear like snow in the sun. How is that possible?
A diet, and certainly a crash diet (as the KEN diet may also be described), is automatically linked by many people to not eating or eating very little. High-calorie foods in particular should be avoided. Breakfast is skipped and meals consist of low-calorie products such as salads and crackers.
Because few calories are consumed, the body will adapt to this. People talk about malnutrition. An emergency scenario comes into effect. The body will lower its metabolism. It will also use muscle mass to obtain extra energy to compensate for the shortage of incoming calories. The body does not really need muscle mass in survival mode. The calories that the body does consume are saved as much as possible; they are stored as fat reserves. Think of it as building up an emergency stock.
The diet period is often defined. So at the end of this period, many people think it’s over. People look at the scales and actually see results. What people forget is that the body has completely adapted to the new eating pattern from the diet period: few and low in calories. After the diet period, people return to the old eating pattern with several meals a day. Also, the type of food consumed contains more calories. The body, still in survival mode, will convert these calories into fat. And so the fat percentage only increases for a longer period of time. The effect of losing weight is gone. In addition, do not forget that muscle mass has decreased. Less muscle mass results in lower metabolism.
After the diet you will actually have achieved a lower weight. Often short-lived, because many people will quickly return to their old weight. You are back to the same point as before the diet, with some negative side effects for the body that has been damaged by the diet. Your weight is the same, but:

  • You have more fat mass than before the diet
  • You have less muscle mass than before the diet
  • You have a lower metabolism than before the diet


Better way to lose weight

I’ve really tried everything, it’s been heard a lot when it comes to losing weight. What they are referring to is all kinds of diets, changes in eating patterns. But what people often don’t try is losing weight that you really have to do something for: exercise! It is obviously much easier to lose weight from the comfort of your couch. As described above: that works in the opposite direction. It will only make you fatter and heavier.
To lose weight healthily and responsibly, you must realize that you actually want to burn excess fat. To do this, your body must consume enough calories to avoid the above metabolic problems. So don’t eat less, but eat more consciously. Sufficient nutrients you need to burn. And exercise for combustion. The advice is: focus on your fat percentage and not on the scale!

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