Planas Enteral Diet
Medical Weight Loss Programme
The Clínica Planas ENTERAL DIET treatment is not only a weight loss programme but also a food re-education programme aimed at improving the patient´s general state of health. The Planas Enteral Diet aims to reduce weight without reducing muscle mass and without causing hunger.
The programme consists of two phases:
The first phase of treatment requires between one and 10 days´ admission to the clinic, during which the patient is fed via a very thin pediatric-type (2mm) nasogastric tube, through which the enteral nutrition is administered. Insertion of the tube is painless and any mild discomfort usually disappears within a few minutes.
This enteral nutrition is prepared specifically for each patient, according to their morphological, biochemical and nutritional needs and is fed continuously direct to the stomach via the tube using a peristaltic pump. During this phase the patient is monitored by analytical, anthropometric and physiological tests. This enables us to regulate the different component quantities and formulate the personalised enteral nutrition. Freshly prepared on a daily basis, this feeds the patient with no need to ingest any other type of solid food.
During these ten days the patient carries out controlled exercise and medical treatments.
The patient carries out the second phase of treatment at home. During the first week of adjustment he takes solid foods accompanied by nutritional supplements, allowing him to continue with a personalised nutritional intake, while progressively returning him to a normal eating pattern. At the end of this phase his nutritional re-education will have begun. He will know how, when and how much to eat and will try to maintain his weight.
Throughout the treatment the patient can continue with his normal life and activities and even carry out light exercise. The tube can be separated from the pump by disconnecting the power supply for bathing, showering, swimming and so on, for a maximum of 2 hours a day, no longer than 15 minutes each time.
Personalised, balanced enteral nutrition consists of amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, trace elements and other specific nutritional compounds. It is intended to activate the lipolysis mechanism for the purpose of weight reduction through loss of fat, whilst aiming to maintain muscle mass.
What sets the Planas Enteral Diet apart from any other weight loss method is that the patient is fed an individually tailored formula continuously via a nasogastric tube using a peristaltic pump, which maintains a continuous flow. The continuous day-and-night perfusion prevents substantial variations in blood insulin, allowing the patient to tolerate the 10-day treatment, during which he eats nothing other than what is ingested via the tube, without feeling hungry.