by Pheyy & Tira

November 22, 2020

Are you considering the baby food diet?

The recent Hollywood-induced hype surrounding the baby food diet, has left many adults intrigued and curious.

After all, if you have little ones running around, chances are you already have plenty baby food in stock.

You might be wondering if the diet really works and if so is it healthy and sustainable? 

But here is the kicker, things are not always as they seem, especially when it comes to trendy diets.

Getting the right answers is critical to ensure you are meeting your body’s nutritional needs in a safe way.

However, finding the answer to your questions can be challenging. This trendy diet has been known to promise a quick drop in significant weight, which can be incredibly attractive.

If you have been considering this route, you will want to read on to learn more. We are going to break down they hype surrounding eating baby food and you will learn that the risk of this fad just might outweigh the benefits.

What Exactly Is The Baby Food Diet?

The baby food diet is a trendy, quick fix diet which first originated in Hollywood.

Just as the name suggests, the baby food diet consists of replacing regular snacks and meals with baby food.

Many adults will eat an upwards of 14 jars of baby food throughout the day, often ending with dinner as a regular meal. Others consume strictly baby food, with no adequate adult nutrition in a crash diet manner.

Why People Are Attracted To The Baby Food Diet

Pros

  • You don’t have to waste valuable time preparing food. Instead, you grab and go, choosing fruits and veggies that are already packaged and prepared.
  •  Baby food is notoriously low in calories and generally low in sodium as well.
  • Portion control is made easy with pre-packaged baby foods and even more so with the recent baby food in a pouch craze.
  • Celebrities have claimed it works, making the diet glamourous and enticing.
  • This nutritional plan boasts the power to drop a lot of weight quickly. Many people are looking for a quick fix when it comes to weight loss.
  • The bland taste helps curb your appetite, or at least makes food less tempting.

Cons

  • It is not sustainable for long periods of time. This is more of a crash diet phase resulting in a quick drop in weight rather then healthy, sustainable weight loss.
  • Baby food does not contain adequate protein for adults.
  • Purchasing a lot of baby food is expensive.
  • There is no research to support the diet’s effectiveness. Guidance is limited as well, resulting in inconsistent results and a lot of unanswered questions when beginning this diet.
  • The diet could negatively affect metabolism, resulting in weight gain when returning to normal eating.
  • The mature digestive system of an adult will quickly process the pureed food, leaving dieters feeling hungry. This is the opposite of the goal when looking to lose weight.

The research behind the diet:

Well, there is actually no research to support the validity of the diet. Aside from anecdotal accounts from those who have tried it, there is no real science, or medical evidence, in support of the baby food diet.

In fact, there does not even appear to be a lot of guidance for those looking to try the diet.

There is plenty of room for adaptations and guess work, leading to inconsistent results among those who try this meal plan.

Experts claim that while the diet may be sustainable for a short period of time, most adults will quickly return to their usual eating habits.

What is more is that they may end up with more food-related challenges than before starting the diet. In addition to slowing metabolism, the diet could result in binge eating after returning to standard nutrition.

Is the baby food diet safe?

In essence, yes and no.

Adults can eat baby food without suffering any consequences. However, indulging in the trendy baby food diet is known to have adverse health effects.

While consuming baby food is not going to cause immediate harm, caution should be used when attempting this fad diet.

Significantly lowering caloric intake is known to cause individuals to become dizzy and light-headed.

Additionally, prolonging the baby food diet will neglect an adult’s body of protein, fiber and other crucial nutrients.

Where does that leave those of us trying to lose weight?

As with any diet or nutritional plan, knowing the pros and cons is critical. Every individual’s body is different and there may not be a one-size-fits all miracle diet.

Instead, concentrate on a properly balanced diet by learning how your body processes various foods. Aim to control your portions and most importantly incorporate a solid exercise routine.

Try some of these weight loss suggestions instead:

  • Eat earthy, natural foods like seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid heavily processed foods.
  • Choose balanced foods from a variety of food groups.
  • Eat slowly so your body recognizes when you are full.
  • Reduce your portions and wait 15-20 minutes before getting a second helping.
  • Eat 4-5 small meals and healthy snacks rather than the three large meals we are accustomed to.
  • Cook more, eat out less.
  • Get plenty of exercise. Move your body. Even going for a 15 minute walk each day adds up. Find movement that you find enjoyable.
  • Drink plenty of water

Stay away from diet trends that suggest eliminating foods, or a food group altogether. The human body needs vitamins, minerals and nutrients offered from an array of colorful foods.

The baby food diet is attractive for a multitude of reasons. However, learning the facts and discovering that there is no scientific or medical research to support its efficacy should drive you to seek other nutritional plans.

Leave the baby food for the babies and skip this trendy phase. There are far better nutritional choices available.

About the author

Hi, my name is Michael L. Green and I live in Cleveland, OH with my wonderful wife,
our two little girls. Our family are the founder and primary contributors behind Baby Edible.


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