The Baby Food Diet - Just Another Dumb Fad Diet?
The Baby Food Diet, also known as the Baby Food Cleanse. Here's another brilliant concept designed to make you realize just how stupid many celebrities are. This one is currently trending because of claims that Jennifer Aniston has been doing it. They've even devoted at least two articles to the topic of Jen's latest diet at Huffington Post.
The Baby Food diet is being touted as a raw foods diet, but I don't think it is what most raw food advocates had in mind. When I think of a raw foods diet, I think of lots of crunchy fresh vegetables that require you to chew, not pureed packaged baby food that you could almost drink with a straw.
This latest fad diet was designed by celebrity fitness guru, Tracy Anderson. The diet itself is basic enough so that makes it easy to follow. Have one regular meal a day, and then eat 14 little jars of baby food for the rest of your meals.
I can see how this diet might be convenient. That and portion control are its main benefits. It is, more or less, real foods and not a lot of rubbish that you shouldn't be eating. The big issue though is that a lot of natural sweeteners are added to baby foods. Even fruit-based baby foods have sugar added to them, which isn't really necessary when you consider how sweet most fruits are in the first place.
Many commercial baby foods also tend to have water and thickening agents added to them. But you can always label hunt. Look for baby foods that are higher in calories and avoid ones with extra ingredients.
Just keep in mind that the fewer fillers inside the jar, the more expensive it will be.
If you are really intent on this idea and are attracted to the raw foods aspect of the diet, you might want to consider just making your own pureed baby foods. They will be healthier, tastier and fresher (and maybe cheaper). Of course, not as convenient as putting jars in a shopping basket.
Here's a 12 pack of organic baby food that works out to just over a dollar a jar. You may be able to do better locally.
Another point to keep in mind is that baby food varieties of pureed food cost more than the normal adult varieties of the same things. For example, applesauce -- probably the world's most popular pureed food. Applesauce sold in the regular canned foods aisle will be much cheaper per ounce than the baby food version of applesauce sold in those tiny little bottles.
Frankly I find the idea of eating baby food makes me a
little nauseous, but I think many of us desire a diet that is convenient and
portion-controlled so we can just get on with our day. If that is the case for
you, I recommend the Medifast diet as a possible solution. It is portion
controlled, makes losing weight easy and it isn't just overly sweet pureed
foods -- you have lots of food options available and plenty of satisfying
crunchy foods like the Medifast bars to choose from. You can find out more in
my complete Medifast food review with my thumbs up and thumbs down tips for many of their products. You'll also find Medifast 2010 discount codes in my other hub.
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