Guide to the Baby Food Diet
What You Need to Know
- Always consult with your doctor before embarking on any intensive diet, including the Baby Food Diet, to find out if there are any health risks.
- The diet involves eating up to 14 small portions of pureed foods per day, as well as one regular meal in the evening.
- The diet should only ever be used as a short-term solution. Nutritionists warn against following the diet for any extended length of time.
- If you’re eating actual baby food, be sure to check the labels for calorie count and nutritional information.
- Combining the diet with regular exercise will deliver the best results.
- It’s not the best tasting diet around and you may not get all the nutrients you need from it.
What is the baby Food Diet?
Despite its name, the Baby Food Diet doesn’t involve eating nothing but jars of baby food or rusks all day everyday.
What it does, involve, however, is eating up to 14 small portions of pureed foods alongside one normal, adult meal per day.
The regime was devised by the celebrity personal trainer and nutritionist Tracy Anderson, with her clients having helped to generate global interest in the diet.
Indeed, in the spring of 2011, Ocado reported a 20 per cent increase in sales of ‘wet baby food’, with this attributed to grown women looking to achieve rapid weight loss ahead of a beach break.
Jennifer Aniston has been the most vocal in her support of the Baby Food Diet, crediting the regime with helping her look good while filming scenes for Just Go With It in a bikini.
Other stars to have been linked with the diet at some point include Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga, while the Christian Dior menswear designer Hedi Slimane also went public with his avoidance of solid foods back in 2006.
Also, the fact that Anderson has worked with the likes of Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow has also lent her regime credibility in the eyes of some weight-conscious women.
How it Works
The diet is said to work by keeping cravings at bay with regular small portions of pureed foods, allowing for rapid weight loss, something that makes it a popular choice among women keen to get in shape for a summer holiday.
As well as helping keep hunger at bay – and thereby preventing you from snacking – it is argued that pureed food is easier to digest and as such will lead to quicker weight loss.
Advocates of the Baby Food Diet also point out that, depending on the type of foods you puree, it can tick all the relevant nutritional boxes, while the one normal meal allowed each day also ensures that you get the protein and carbohydrates your body needs.
It’s also possible to follow a watered-down version of this diet. For instance, you could stick to pureed foods in the morning and have a normal lunch and dinner. This could be more practical – and perhaps less embarrassing – if you are looking to lose weight while holding down a 9-5 office job.
Nutritionists argue that it’s unrealistic to assume you’ll get all the dietary goodness you need sticking to this regime.
In particular, critics point out that followers are likely to suffer from a shortage of fibre, while those who go the whole hog and eat jars of actual baby food may not get adult levels of nutrients such as calcium.
Also, there is the issue of taste and convenience. Baby foods are notoriously saccharine, while even purred savoury dishes are likely to get tiresome after even just a couple of days, increasing the likelihood of you caving in and eating a solid treat.
Journalists who have followed the diet have also complained of a range of side-effects, including hunger pangs and constipation, with most having had enough after just a couple of days despite seeing their weight fall.
- You can find more diet advice with our guide to the Atkins diet.
- Taking risks with your health can raise the premium you’d have to pay on health insurance. Read our dedicated page for more information.
- Find out more about low calorie diets from the NHS.
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