Baby food diet trend sweeping the internet: is it healthy? – KYW

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Fad diets have never been hotter, with many people seeking the rapid weight loss results of Ozempic and Wegovy without taking the drugs. But the latest trend has some people shaking their heads — and possibly gagging.

The “Baby Food Diet” is currently sweeping social media, with some users calling it the secret to shrinking waistlines.

While there are several variations of the baby food diet, the plan generally consists of replacing breakfast, lunch and snacks with pureed baby food, followed by a normal dinner. It’s “based on the idea that eating small jars of baby food to restrict calorie intake will lead to quick weight loss,” according to Very Well Fit.

The diet gained popularity in 2010 after it was rumored that Jennifer Aniston used the regime to lose seven pounds in one week. But the actress wasn’t just downing pureed spinach like Popeye, she was also working with personal trainer Tracy Anderson, who reportedly created the diet plan.

“I developed a cleanse where you can still eat and it’s a lot of puree foods. I was very careful about the foods I chose to put in it,” Anderson told Hollyscoop, per the Huffington Post. “I wanted something where you can eliminate toxicity, break bad habits but still have your digestive system going. That is when the baby food cleanse was born.”

The baby food diet is designed to be a “cleanse” lasting only a few days and not a long-term eating plan. However, it’s not based in science or supported by health professionals, according to Very Well Fit.

“By swapping meals for baby food, people are promised quick weight loss. It’s tough to meet nutrient needs while eating mostly purees, though,” Dietitian Chrissy Carroll told the publication. “Experts agree it’s best to leave those for the babies and focus on smaller portions of normal meals for sustainable weight loss.”

Baby food is packed with vitamins and nutrients, but is low in protein and fiber. Replacing regular meals with baby food with definitely reduce your caloric intake, as each jar contains roughly 20 to 100 calories, but you’ll likely still feel hungry because your diet isn’t adequately balanced.

“Research suggests that restricting calories alone is rarely an effective method for reducing body weight,” Healthline reported. “Because this diet typically lowers your intake of fiber and sodium, the weight you lose may be from water retention and not necessarily from fat.”

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