Another diet deconstructed and today we’re going to be look at the baby food diet fad which cropped up in magazines and on TV across the past few years, but what is it really all about?
Celebrated personal trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson (you know, the woman behind Gwyneth Paltrow’s famous physique) created her own diet and named it the baby food diet promising to curb your cravings, work for busy people allowing you to eat on the run, and as always with these types of diets the promise to loose weight quickly.
The fundamental premise of this diet is simple; substitute your regular diet for tiny jars of baby food!
You will find variations of the diet and the rules; replace everything you eat with baby food, replace one or two meals with baby food or just use baby food as a replacement for high-calorie snacks. The main varieties of the diet are eating 14 jars of baby food throughout the day and then having a healthy ‘normal’ meal for dinner, or having 3 ‘normal’ healthy meals a day and having baby food instead of any snacks.
The logic behind this diet is that by eating bland, mushed-up baby food you focus on portion control, the frequent meals claim to satisfy your hunger and by eating fewer calories you’ll kick start weight-loss.
Of course this weight loss is dependent upon what types of baby food you eat as calories for a jar of baby food can vary between 15 and 100 calories so you still need to be sensible and think about what you are eating to get as many nutrients as you can. It is noted however that due to the differing needs of babies and grown ups you won’t get everything you need from eating baby food as it tends to be lacking in fibre, calcium and vitamin D – all of which are important for a balanced, healthy diet.
Aside from this information and guidance from Tracy Anderson there really aren’t any further guidelines to help sustain this diet as a lifestyle, to keep the weight off or to compliment your diet with suggested exercise programmes.
Medical professionals and nutritionists have said of the diet that most adults are only likely to put up with the baby food diet for a couple of days or a week due to the lack of complete nutrients found in baby foods and the concept that totally removes the satisfaction and pleasure we get from chewing food. The potential for overeating due to stringent portion control is also pretty hefty.
A number of celebs have tried and tested this diet and it could be another one of those fads that can serve as a quick fix diet but again doesn’t prove to be sustainable or beneficial to your overall health.
But what do you think? Have any of you tried this diet out? We’d love to hear about your experiences if you have or your thoughts on the baby food diet. Drop us a note in the comments below…
**As with all diet plans the results vary from person to person, I am no doctor so to find out more about if a plan is suitable for you before you begin be sure to talk to your GP or a nutritionist to see if it is right for you.**