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3rd October 2012

The Baby Food Diet

Beth Currall gives us her view on the infamous baby food diet

Finding it hard to lose those few pounds you put on during a summer of barbeques and boozing? Want a quick and easy to follow diet plan to help you get back into those skinny jeans? Well this may be the diet for you, albeit a slightly bizarre one.

The Baby Food Diet has become one of the biggest crazes to sweep the world this year so far. Forget the Maple Syrup Diet, this plan promises to whip you into shape in as little as a week, with noticeable results beginning to show within 48 hours. The diet boasts several celebrity success stories, such as Jennifer Annistona and Rhys Witherspoon.

There are no complex guidelines to follow, nor is there any excessive calorie-counting to do. You simply do what it says on the tin: eat baby food. Around fourteen portions should be consumed throughout the day, accompanied by a low-calorie, low-fat evening meal such as grilled chicken or fish with steamed vegetables. The baby food can be any flavour you desire; it should be free from fats, fillers and other additives. Sounds like the perfect, simple plan for a quick dieting fix, right?

As with all diets however, there are a few dark clouds that are bound to rain on your mushy pea and blended parsnip parade. Following the regime can be easier said than done; in reality it’s difficult to cope with barely any solid food. Whilst baby food is filling and nutritious for the average six month old, it is hardly going to satisfy the stomach of an adult. Some have complained that the plan becomes very repetitive, to an extent where it becomes tedious and even nauseating. What is more, fourteen jars of baby food is actually an excessive amount of food to be consuming- each jar contains around 125 calories.

My conclusion: leave this one to the babies! This diet is more of a trend than a realistic long term plan. Tracy Anderson, the creator of the fad, has stated no specific nutritional guidelines and has yet to recommend an exercise plan to compliment the regime. Whilst this may be successful for a dieter looking for a quick fix, any lasting results remain to be seen. Pureed food is never going to cure a hangover like a double cheeseburger does anyway.

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