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Leave Baby Food to the Babies – Not Your Diet

Baby food is for babies? Not exclusively. Hollywood A-listers are eating baby food now. The Baby Food Diet, made famous by Tracy Anderson, is for those who want to control their food portions and curb cravings with pureed fruits and veggies. The diet works for celebrities, but for those who would rather not revert back to their infant days it isn’t an ideal diet.

I asked our resident dietitian Mary Hartley, RD if the serving size of a baby’s jar would satisfy grown adults? She tells us, “No. A little four-ounce jar of pureed baby food ranges from 40 to 80 calories, and so an adult would need many, many little jars if the diet consisted only of baby food.”

The jars of baby food might make reasonable replacements for snacks during the day, but frankly, just eating the whole fresh fruit or vegetable is going to be far more satisfying, as many if not less calories, and none of the preservatives or other additives common to jarred baby food.

Everyone knows an adult should have at least 1200 calories a day for energy. The Baby Food Diet is just another crash diet and there are other healthy, sustainable alternatives to losing weight and keeping the weight off.

Maybe you have a baby at home and they’re ready to eat baby food. If so, try making your own instead of purchasing it. Here are Mary’s top picks for fruits and vegetables for the best baby foods:

Fruits                          Veggies

1. Mangoes               1. Avocado

2. Banana                   2. Sweet Potato

3. Peach                      3. Peas

Things to remember if you are going to try the Baby Food Diet:

1. The serving size of a baby’s jar is not equivalent to an average person’s serving.

2. There are very few calories in baby food, so you are bound to be hungry later.

3. There are no rules to the Baby Food Diet, so you can try the Baby Food Diet as snacks throughout the day.

Yes, there are plenty of other diets you can try if you want to lose weight. This diet is primarily fruits and veggies and therefore packed with vitamins and minerals. If you are going to make your own baby food, your baby is bound to love one or more of Mary’s top picks of fruits and veggies!

Also Read:

How to Make Fruit Baby Food 

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