There are grapefruit, avocado, raw food weight loss programs and South Beach, Water and Protein diets but now it seems that attempting to lose weight just cannot get any more ridiculous sounding. The Baby Food Diet is one of the more recent attempts at shedding pounds by eating mixed up, mashed up versions of meals and snacks from baby food jars. The concept is not outrageous and some believe it could be a valid tool to battle the bulge. Below are some pros and cons to let you know, should you try the baby food diet or not?
Meal or Booster Snack
You probably don’t remember but eating out of baby jars was your favorite thing when you had no teeth. Now, as an adult who would think you’d be doing it again before old age? The idea is to use pureed vegetables, fruits and even meats to substitute all meals, eat between meals or just use them as high calorie “booster” snacks. Developed by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, this diet can actually be efficient, beneficial and practical if used wisely. It is an opportunity for built in portion control with several application options such as:
- Eating 14 jars of a variety of choices each day with one healthy adult dinner meal.
- Eating three squares per day with baby food as the only snack substitutes.
- Carry high calorie baby food jars to boost blood sugar levels avoiding unhealthy choices.
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Like anything, The Baby Food Diet has its pluses and minuses.
Pros: Don’t have to cook; easy to use on the go; low in preservatives, dyes and added sugar, salt or fat.
If it is important to you, many Hollywood celebrities are rumored to have tried or are following the Baby Food Diet including singer Lady Gaga and actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
Cons: Low in fiber, vitamin D, calcium; minimally satiating (lack of chewing takes away an essential part of eating); can be expensive; can end up adding weight if improperly followed.
One of the problems with this diet is that it is easy to overeat. Each jar holds anywhere between 50 to 100 calories and can be consumed by some voracious eaters in less than a nano second. This speedy delivery does not give the brain ample time to feel full and before one knows it they have downed three jars in three minutes. If some or all of these choices are high sugar fruits or vegetables the pureed baby food will concentrate these natural sugars into potential high glucose transport making for too much, too fast. In response the body spikes in energy just as it would if it were fed a candy bar. The content is more healthy yes, but the fat storage after such a spike is similar.
Eating pureed food forever seems impractical but should you try the Baby Food Diet maybe it can help peripherally for a short time. Check with your doctor before you put on your bib.