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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About The Baby Food Diet

Posted by Joseph Evans

August 24, 2015 at 2:48 PM

 

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The baby food diet—it’s the latest fad diet that has sent famous Hollywood celebrities goo-goo ga-ga, was started by the famous celebrity fitness and wellness coach Tracy Anderson.

Surprisingly, famous celebrities, like Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, and Cheryl Cole use the baby food diet plan to stay fit and sexy.

So, should you also make the switch? Before you do, let's weigh in on the pros and cons of this fad...

How The Baby Food Diet Works

There are many versions, but one version says that people should eat at least 14 jars of baby food per day. You eat baby food for breakfast and lunch, and then eat a small and balanced dinner. That’s it.

Benefits of a Baby Food Diet

1. Low Salt Content

Generally, baby foods contain low sodium content because babies don’t need much of it (less than one gram a day up until they turn one). While it doesn’t cause your body to shed or gain fat, eating foods low in salt leads to temporary weight loss because it stimulates your body to secrete water.

2. Easy to Prepare

Baby food is the perfect meal for people with hectic schedules. It requires less time to prepare compared to your regular meals. In addition, vegans would love this diet because majority of baby food uses veggies, fruits, or both as ingredients.

3. Plenty of Options

Baby food may not suit your discriminating palate at first, but if you give it a chance, you’ll start enjoying it eventually. Another great thing is its available in a wide choice of flavours, such as banana, blueberry, apple, and so on.

The Downside of A Baby Food Diet

1. Nutritional Imbalances

Baby food is low in fibre and fats. Fibre prevents you from overeating, helps maintain a healthy weight, and lowers your risk for certain diseases. Good fats are important for hormone production and also protect us from health threats, like stroke. 

2. Not Dirt Cheap

How much is baby food from where you live? Baby food pouches and jars could cost one dollar plus each. On average, the monthly cost of baby food can run between $50 and $100, according to Baby Center. 

3. May Not Satisfy Your Appetite

Baby food requires little or zero chewing. This is a bad thing because chewing food at a longer time will help decrease your appetite (but not your food intake). When your need for food is low, you’ll most likely eat again after a few minutes or hours.

While it may help keep off the extra weight you shed, this diet is not good for your health in the long run. Before you sign up for the baby food diet, make sure to consider the pros and cons (like the ones I gave) and consult your healthcare provider.

There are pros and cons with the baby food diet but it does work.  Are you willing to try it?  Let us know.  We'd love to hear from you!

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Topics: Diet, Nutrition

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