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Bizarre bridal beauty treatments: Are they worth it?

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A sleek figure and glowing skin are typical items on bridal wish lists. But recent bizarre health and beauty regimens -- including feeding tube diets and bee venom -- make you wonder how far brides are willing to go.

Many brides try to slim down before the big day. But now some are using feeding tubes up their noses in hopes of weight loss, an ABC News report says.

They're turning to the K-E or ketogenic diet. That diet is named after ketosis, which occurs when someone eats a lot of fat and protein, but few carbohydrates. For 10 days, these dieters wear a feeding tube with a constant drip of protein, fat and water. The diet totals around 800 calories a day and zero carbs.

Make no mistake. This feeding-tube drip is not the medical formula used in hospital nutrition therapy, says Joy Dubost, a board-certified dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Rather, its reliance on protein and fat is reminiscent of the Atkins diet, she says.

Ketosis can put the body under stress and cause irritability, nausea and bad breath, Dubost says. The diet may lead to gout, kidney stones, nutrient deficiencies and kidney failure.

The diet does not address psychological and emotional reasons people overeat, so they often regain the weight after stopping, Dubost says.

Dubost recommends that everyone -- brides included -- adopt a healthy lifestyle. That lifestyle includes eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean protein coupled with exercise to help maintain a healthy weight.

She says losing one to two pounds per week is considered safe for the overweight or obese person. That way, a person can learn to manage food and drink while still getting important nutrients. She also recommends working with a registered dietitian.

And as with any new diet, it is important to consult with your doctor first.

Meanwhile, in other quarters, brides have turned to bee venom to look good on their big day.

Kate Middleton reportedly used the Bee Venom Mask before she married Prince William in 2011.

Bee venom is touted as a natural alternative to BOTOX®. BOTOX is a prescription medicine injected by a medical professional into facial muscles to soften frown lines on the forehead.

This claim has raised red flags in the medical community.

"It's not an alternative to BOTOX," says Dr. Tom D. Wang, president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He says that it is an alternative face cream. But its effectiveness has not been scientifically tested, and the cream cannot be compared to the toxin.

Applying products topically on the skin has limited effects, Wang says.

"The skin is designed to protect us and is generally impermeable," he says.

Wang says there is nothing wrong with trying it -- unless you have an allergy to bee stings.

"I am sure that the ingredients [Manuka honey, Shea butter, rose and lavender essential oils] are soothing and good for the skin," he says.

Wang recommends routine skincare to keep the skin clear and to avoid excessive sun exposure. He suggests microdermabrasion for brides who want glowing skin. It brightens and smoothes the skin by exfoliating and temporarily plumping fine lines.

Consult with your doctor regarding skincare treatment options, and before beginning or changing any skincare regimen.

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