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Eating Like a Baby

The pros and cons of eating baby food for weight loss.

Just when you thought things couldn't get any stranger, you hear about the baby food diet. Made popular by several well-known celebrities, the baby food diet is just another fad diet promising to help you maintain or lose weight.

You've tried every other diet out there, so why not try this one? Well, before you load your grocery cart with an assortment of pureed pears, peaches, squash, and sweet potatoes, you may want to do your research on the pros and cons of eating a diet meant for infants. Then decide for yourself whether the pros outweigh the cons.

How It Works

Some folks go by the 14 jar-a-day rule, substituting one or two meals or snacks a day with a few jars of baby food, quickly slashing the number of calories in their diet without starving themselves. All types of baby food are acceptable, from fruits and vegetables to meats and poultry. Not only can you eat any type of baby food you want, you can eat as much or as little baby food as you want.

The Pros

If you think about it, there are a few benefits if you plan to eat baby food for weight loss. Baby food is low in fat, calories, and sodium and is high in vitamins and minerals. It also contains no added sugars or preservatives. One 100-gram jar of the mushy stuff contains roughly 60 calories and less than one gram of fat, making it appealing to dieters.

As an added perk, baby food is neatly divided into individual portion sizes, taking the guesswork out of calorie counting. Since many people can't stomach tasting more than a few bites, you don't have to worry about portion control. A diet plan like this is simple for busy people. You don't have to spend a lot of time and energy preparing home-cooked meals. You just grab a few jars and a spoon and you're good to go.

Eating more fruits and vegetables and losing excess weight can help improve health conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes. On a diet that's low in calories like this one you can expect to shed a few pounds. But getting into baby food isn’t just a load of benefits.

The Cons

Like any diet, the baby food diet takes lots of will power and commitment. Probably the most difficult thing about the diet is a lack of flavor and texture. Take pureed prunes or spinach for example. Babies can barely even stomach those, and it isn’t any easier for adults. That said, it may take a bit of trial and error of before you find the ones you can swallow.

Also, baby foods aren't cheap. For 14 jars, expect to pay at least 10 dollars. In a week, that racks up to $70. Because baby foods are made for people with an immature digestive system and without a full set of teeth, you may not get your daily recommended amounts of fiber, fat, and protein—three valuable ingredients that help keep you feeling full and energized. After a meal of pureed bananas, peas, and green beans, the chances are pretty good that you'll still feel hungry.

You may lose a few pounds with this diet, but as soon as you get tired of forcing baby food down your throat and return to your way of eating, the weight will quickly return.

The Conclusion

If you're looking for quick weight loss or a way to cut calories without starving yourself, you can try the baby food diet. But for those who want to lose weight the healthy way and keep the weight off long term, the baby food diet isn't the way to go.

Before beginning any diet, ask if you can imagine yourself eating that way for more than a few days or weeks or months. If not, then the diet is only a short-term remedy that may backfire in the end.