There was a time, in the not so distant past that most of us lived on pureed peas, processed peaches, and soggy bananas. Then our teeth started to grow and most of us haven’t looked back…until now. The latest and so far most bizarre diet on the scene is the Baby Food Diet, touted by celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

The baby food diet is exactly as it sounds, eating tiny little jars of baby food to keep your weight in check. Since there are, so far no actual guidelines on the baby food diet, let me tell you what is known about this new diet trend. 

How Do I Follow It?

To start the baby food diet, you’ll need to substitute all but one of your meals with baby food. When you feel hungry throughout the day, grab an 80-calorie jar of baby food and have your way with it. The baby food diet suggested by celebrity personal trainer Tracy Anderson requires you to puree your own food, 14 servings each day that total about 1,000 calories

However if you want to control the quality of ingredients you should stick with actual baby food.

Other variations of the baby food diet require you to grab a jar of baby food when you get a craving, or simply for a snack.

Benefits

The advantage of eating actual baby food–compared to pureeing your own concoctions–is that baby food is packed with vitamins and free of food additives common in other grown-up foods.

So when I was reading up on the Sensa weight loss supplement, I learned about a little thing called satiety. Satiety is the feeling you get after eating, you know the feeling of being satisfied or full. This term was the first thing that came to mind as I researched the baby food diet. Since you’re basically eating chewed up food, will you ever feel satisfied after eating a jar of baby food?

I don’t know the answer, but I would guess that a grown man or woman would not feel as though they just ate.

Criticism

While this diet does seem somewhat crazy, adults eating jars of pureed baby food, it is a great way to control your calorie intake. However eating nothing but 1,000 calories of baby food each day is downright crazy. You will certainly lose weight by cutting your calories, but you’ll sacrifice energy and important vitamins and nutrients your body needs. What good is eating less, if you don’t have the energy to help you burn some of those calories?

The baby food diet works as a short term option for weight loss. If you need to drop a few pounds to fit in your tux or bikini, this may be an easy way to help you do it. Keep in mind though, the downside of yo-yo dieting. As quickly as you drop those pounds, you’re likely to gain them back and then some soon after your ‘big day’ has passed.

Does “The Baby Food Diet” Work?

While the baby food diet might be a great way to lose weight in the short-term, it is not a long term diet. The biggest problem with this diet is that it requires you to consume far too few calories each day. Calories are energy for your body and you need energy to complete your work day, your personal obligations, and your workout.

With the baby food diet, you’ll certainly lose weight but you probably won’t keep it off. The lack of focus on exercise means that when you do lose weight you’ll be that rare skinny-fat person, walking around skinny and flabby. Let me tell you, skinny-fat is not a good look for anyone!

Where To Buy “The Baby Food Diet”?

One reason many non-celebrities are turning to the baby food diet as a quick-fix to their weight loss woes is because it’s fairly cheap compared to other fad diets on the market. Sixteen 2.5 ounce servings of Gerber’s organic sweet potatoes is just $11, but how many of those little servings will satisfy your cravings?