Tracy Anderson’s Baby Food Diet (for Adults): Idiotic or Weight Loss Miracle?

The Baby Food Diet
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It’s been rumored that celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson put her clients on a “baby food diet” in which one eats 14 jars of baby food per day with the optional chewable meal at night. Sounds nutty (creamy nutty, not crunchy), sure, but does it work? If Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Reese Witherspoon have all (allegedly) done it, then maybe it’s worth the go? Here’s what you need to know about the baby food diet fad, once and for all.

What the Baby Food Diet Looks Like

There’s not much structure to the baby food diet. No one has written a book about it, and the general premise varies depending on whom you listen to in the rumor mill. After some research, the trend points to the dozen-plus  jars of baby food as your main diet throughout the day, and if you have the urge to chew, you can incorporate a proper lean protein and vegetable meal at the end of the day as the last thing you consume. Other sources take a much more relaxed approach to the baby food diet, consuming mini 20 to 100-calorie jars as snack replacements, two or three times per day.

Does the Baby Food Diet Work?

The baby food diet’s effectiveness hinges on portion control and low-calorie consumption (about 700 to 1,000 calories per day). And just like any other diet that limits your intake of high-calorie foods, you may indeed lose weight. The baby food diet also gives your digestive system a break, which allows the body to focus its energy on healing and repairing your cells, at least in theory.

If you are replacing only snacks with baby food, then the diet’s effectiveness depends on what you are replacing. If you normally snack on high-calorie, high-fat, and dense goodies, then a compact 20 to 100-calorie baby food jar can help replace bad dietary habits and ultimately lead to weight loss.

The Takeaway

There is absolutely no need to stock up on hundreds of baby food jars per week to achieve the body of your dreams. The baby food diet, as silly or harmless as it may seem compared to other diets, is completely pointless. Whether it helps you to lose weight is not really relevant. There are ways to cut calories and portion sizes without dipping a miniature spoon into baby jars all day long. Baby food does what a green smoothie or green juice does. But therein lies the point: have a green juice or smoothie, like a grown ass woman, not pureed mush from a baby food jar. Unless, you know, bibs are your thing.

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Aylin Erman
Aylin Erman

Aylin is founder of GlowKitchen, a food blog with an emphasis on vegan and gluten-free fare. Aylin has been living in Istanbul, where she is founder and CEO of a cold-pressed juice and healthy foods company JÜS (www.jusistanbul.com).