baby food diet health concernsThe Baby Food Diet is exactly what it sounds like – a diet that consists of eating mostly baby food. This is a fad diet that became popular on the internet a few years back and is rumored to have been started by celebrity fitness trainer, Tracy Anderson. The Baby Food Diet isn’t a weight loss diet as much as it is a diet used to help keep off pounds that have already been lost. It is meant to help dieters control their food portion sizes and reduce their calorie intake.

There are two popular versions of this diet. In one version, regular meals are consumed but baby food replaces daily snacks. In another version, dieters eat baby food throughout the day and have a normal dinner in the evening. That being said, there are no official Baby Food Diet rules nor is there a specific regimen to follow. Dieters follow this diet on their own, at their own discretion, without guidance.

Considering a single jar of baby food typically contains less than 100 calories, it is easy to understand why some people think eating food designed for babies is a good method for losing weight, especially if you are replacing an adult-sized meal with a couple jars of pureed fruits or veggies. Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be a restriction in terms of what type of baby foods you can enjoy. Therefore, dieters can take their pick of pureed vegetables, fruits, and even some meats such as beef, turkey, and chicken.

However, although there is no doubt that following this diet plan could lead to weight loss or help keep off extra weight, there are several reasons why the Baby Food Diet is not the best diet to follow.

For starters, due to the limited number of calories per jar of food, in order to consume enough calories per day, the average adult would need to eat a minimum of 12 jars or more to prevent their body from going into starvation mode. Consuming 12 or more jars of baby food every day will quickly become very costly, as a single jar typically sells for $1.00 or higher, making this an expensive diet to maintain.

In addition, this food is designed for infants and is geared to their taste buds so many adults may find the flavours unpleasant. It can also lead to gastrointestinal upset, since the body tends to digest pureed foods at a faster rate than solids. Also, baby food is high in sugar. This can lead to blood sugar crashes and cause dieters to crave more sweets after they eat.

Moreover, replacing meals with baby food can not only lead to dieters ingesting fewer calories than they need, it can also cause nutritional imbalances. Finally, since the food is mashed, the lack of chewing can make the dieter feel that they need to eat more, as chewing food helps us to feel full.

Thus, the bottom line is that the Baby Food Diet is an unrealistic method for achieving and managing healthy weight loss.