Is it safe? Does it work? As long as you take in enough calories and nutrients, it's probably safe to follow the diet plan. Eating jars of baby food as snacks and to replace a meal or two each day might be okay, but you still need to get a variety of nutrient-dense foods into your body every day to be healthy. The baby food diet isn't safe if you don't get enough calories every day; even a low-calorie diet requires a minimum number of calories.
As with any other low-calorie diet, as long as you decrease the number of calories you eat every day, you should lose weight. The fact that you're eating baby food instead of small portions of adult food doesn't make any difference. One reason the diet might work is because baby food jars and packages are small so they automatically help you control portions. They may also be convenient to carry with you as opposed to bulkier, more perishable fresh fruits and vegetables or other snacks.
Some baby food dieters believe eating baby food is beneficial because they think baby food is free from artificial food additives and pesticides. This is only true with organic brands. Regular brands might still contain colorings and preservatives.
Baby foods are low in fat and may be low in sugar (read the labels to be sure), but eating this way is expensive because you're paying for each individual portion and when you're done, you have a lot of little glass jars or plastic containers to throw out.
I remember feeding baby food to my kids when they were little, and frankly, that stuff just isn't appealing to me at all -- plus, I think it's easier to curb your appetite with fresh fruits and vegetables. But if this diet is for you, here are some thoughts to keep in mind:
- Always speak to your health care provider before going on a low-calorie diet.
- Read the labels for calorie counts and nutritional content to make sure you get the right number of calories.
- Eat at least one (preferably two) balanced adult meal each day.
- Choose a variety of baby foods to get more fruits, vegetables and protein.