Diets Deconstructed – Baby Food Diet

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. 

People on this diet has said it’s tricky not going overboard and overeating the baby food (as the portions are so very small) so it takes much will power to sustain this 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.** 

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#FitnessFun – Zumba

So it’s time for a new series on Harmony with PCOS, this time we’re going to be looking at different ways to get fit and keep fit as part of #FitnessFun – so be sure to share your thoughts and stories about your favourite ways to exercise!
To begin with we’ll start at the end of the alphabet with one of my personal favourites… Zumba® fitness.
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Diets Deconstructed – Blood Group Diet

Have you ever considered that your body make up, more specifically your blood, should be taken into account when looking at your diet? 42-40659825.jpg__800x600_q85_cropWell the blood type diet, created by naturopath Peter D’Adamo, looks at just that – focusing on how the foods that you eat react chemically with your blood type. The argument for the programme is that by following a diet designed specifically for your blood type will see your body digest food more efficiently. This can help you loose weight, gain energy and help prevent disease.

Famous fans of this diet include Liz Hurley, Courtney Cox, Cheryl Cole, Martine McCutcheon and Sir Cliff Richard – who claim the diet has helped energy levels and how they feel rather than loosing lots of weight. Continue reading

PCOS: When acne is more than just spots…

 Now I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that adult acne is one of the more frustrating (and embarrassingly overt) symptoms of PCOS. I have struggled with acne since my teen years and after trying what seems like everything and anything to subdue it I’m sad to say it continues to plague me as I move into my thirties later this year…

I have been fortunate, in that I have not suffered with acne as severe as some peoples, however it has been an ongoing battle that continues to flare up and require regular measures to try and keep under control (I’ll never leave the house without some form of foundation or cover up on), I’m having a bit of a bad spell with it currently so I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss how PCOS affects our skin with acne.

 

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Diets deconstructed -5:2 diet

Let’s talk about diets… this time as part of the diets deconstructed series we’re going to look at the 5:2 diet (also known as intermittent fasting).

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You may have heard a lot about this particular diet fad last year as it made all the headlines and had a number of high-profile celebs raving about how they were living a 5:2 dietary lifestyle. Notable fans of the diet in the past include Benedict Cumberbatch, Liv Tyler, Beyoncé and supermodel Christie Turlington.

But what exactly does the 5:2 diet or fasting really mean? Well this type of intermittent fasting means reducing the amount you are eating for short periods of time, it isn’t about stopping eating completely which is a popular misconception. Continue reading

#FitnessFun – Our exercise survey says…

We all have been told of the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, I mean it’s impossible to escape all the ‘new year, new you’, ‘weight loss success stories’ and ’10 tips for your bikini body’ articles in magazines or segments on the TV, but you should probably know that exercise is even more important for ladies with PCOS in order to help manage your symptoms.
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Now I don’t know about you, but I have gone through every kind of emotion when it comes to exercise from completely pumped up and motivated to try and squeeze in exercise as much as humanly possible, from total self-loathing when I am trying to stick to an exercise program but aren’t getting any kind of results – thanks PCOS – to the more prevalent feelings of ‘I’d rather chill out with a movie and some ice cream than work out tonight’… it really is hit and miss however I’ve finally (after many years battling with these feelings) reached a better place where I’m happy to be bopping about exercising as much as possible by doing fun-filled activities (like dancing) rather than being of the daily early-morning boot camp persuasion!
So what advice, tips, stories and insight about exercise do we have from fellow cysters? Well a survey of Harmony with PCOS readers has some answers for you to think about…

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Wednesday Wisdom- what about success?

I came across this the other week and had to share with you all, not only does this come to me at a pivotal time in my life (stepping away from a corporate job I was unhappy in to pursue my passions) but I really do believe this can apply to any area of your life and your successes – don’t stress and put pressure on yourself to “succeed” try to redefine success by focusing on your own happiness first…