I don’t believe in diets. I think they’re an absolute waste of time. The fact that it’s a diet implies that it’s something you’ll do temporarily, so what happens after you stop and go back to status quo? That’s why a lifestyle change makes all the sense in the world. But let’s talk about this tongue patch diet.
It’s a cosmetic surgery, and the procedure is performed in Southern California – of course, Cosmetic Surgery Capital – by Dr. Nikolas Chugay [pronounced Shoo-Gay] who got the idea/technique from Venezuela, where this diet is all the rage. He started the procedure four years ago. It takes only about 10 minutes, and it costs $2,000. Dr. Chugay sews a patch on your tongue, which you wear for 30 days. The patch makes it painful to eat, which makes you not want to eat. While the patch is on, you are required to do 45 minutes of daily activity and consume a liquid diet which he will provide for you. The liquid diet is 800 calories a day. The expected weight loss is about 18 to 20 pounds in a month. You have to take the patch off after 30 days, or else, it starts merging with your tongue. Ugh!
According to Dr. Shugay, 70% of his patients have gone on to maintain the weight loss for 8 months. He published this information in a journal, which the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery refused to publish due to insufficient data. I cannot help but ask:
1. Do people brush their teeth while wearing this patch? If it hurts to eat, I’ll assume it hurts to brush the tongue, too. And if you can’t brush your tongue, eww. The tongue hosts a lot of bacteria. Funky breath alert!
2. What happens after you take the patch off and return back to your normal way of eating? Don’t you gain all the weight back … and possibly more?
3. Even if it is true that 70% of people keep this weight off for 8 months, what happens after the 8 months? Do they go back to get the patches sewn on their tongues again?
4. Why are women always the ones who do these extreme things to our bodies?
While I would never do this to myself, I can see how a person would do something this extreme, but only for a temporary cause: example, say you want to lose 20 pounds by your wedding day. But one has to know that after that, the weight will most likely come back. I don’t believe that 70% of people keep this weight off for 8 months.
Watch the videos below. First one is from abc. And the second one is of Dr. Shugay himself explaining why the tongue patch is so awesome.