The Baby Food Diet: Review
Pureed carrots, meats, and mashed bananas are typical foods for babies without teeth, but they are also the latest weight loss trend to hit Hollywood.
Created by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, The Baby Food Diet is the latest weight loss fad promising to curb cravings, allow eating on the run, and lose weight quickly.
Strange as it may seem, the plan is said to be popular, with celebrities rumored to have lost weight noshing on baby food.
It is a very simple idea -- substitute tiny jars of baby food instead of higher calorie snacks and meals. Instead of real food that you chew, The Baby Food Diet consists of replacing one or more meals each day with jarred baby food. There are several variations of the plan -- replace all food, one or more meals, or just as a replacement for high-calorie snacks.
Diet experts say it can work if calories are kept in check, but it is more likely just another diet gimmick that won’t last.
The Baby Food Diet: What You Can Eat
The Baby Food Diet has few specific guidelines on the quantity or type of baby food or the types and amounts of adult foods allowed for snacks or meals.
The basic plan calls for eating 14 jars of baby food throughout the day, with an option to have a healthy adult meal at dinner.
Another option is to have three healthy adult meals per day, swapping higher-calorie snacks for baby food.
The Baby Food Diet: How It Works
The theory: Bland, mushy baby food served in portion-controlled jars will prevent overeating and keep you satisfied with smaller portions of food. If you stick to the plan, you should get fewer calories and trigger weight loss.
But you will only lose weight if you control the types of baby food, number of jars, and the calories in the supplemental meals. Jars of baby food range from 15 to 100 calories.
One advantage is that most baby food is fortified with plenty of nutrients, free of additives and preservatives, and low in fat, sugar, and salt. And there is a wide variety to choose from, including organic baby food.
But baby food is designed for babies, not overweight adults. Babies and adults have different calorie and nutrient needs. Baby food also lacks fiber, calcium, and vitamin D.
There's also a chance you'd wind up overeating and not losing any weight if you overeat the baby food and adult food.
There are no guidelines to help dieters keep the weight off. Are you going to eat baby food forever? And there aren't any exercise recommendations.
The Baby Food Diet: What the Experts Say
At best, most adults are only going to tolerate The Baby Food Diet for a few days or a week, predicts American Dietetic Association spokesperson Jeanne Gazzaniga-Moloo, PhD, RD.