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Would you try the Baby Food Diet?

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It's exactly what it sounds like: Would you try the Baby Food Diet? © Shutterstock Would you try the Baby Food Diet?

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It seems no strategy, no matter how bizarre, is off the table when people are trying to lose weight, and now fully grown adults are turning to their first-ever meals in order to slim down closer to that just-born figure. 

The Baby Food Diet is becoming a strange cult favorite, and includes eating 14 jars of baby food every day in place of your breakfast and lunch. The baby food comprises about 1,000 calories, and then you switch to real food for dinner. 

While the thought of revisiting that shapeless mash sounds nightmarish to many, other people are quite protective of it. Even Reese Witherspoon reportedly likes to eat baby food for the first two meals of her day. 

There are benefits to the fad diet, however, like potentially reducing fat intake while upping your servings of fruits and vegetables. It also makes portion control easy, since it's hard to eat more than a few spoonfuls anyway. The diet requires no prepping on your behalf, and your servings are fixed, which makes it harder to cheat by sliding a little more on your plate than you're supposed to have.

Baby food is also praised for being easy to grab on the go, though could you imagine snacking on it anywhere in public? 

Ultimately, this diet creates a stable caloric intake and you have the potential to lose weight if you're lowering your calories, particularly in combination with what WebMD calls "taste bud boredom."

But is it good for you? Replacing meals with baby food could cause nutritional imbalances, since, if it's not already obvious, adult bodies are a little different than baby bodies, and they have different needs. Protein, fiber, and chewing help people feel full, which is hard to come by in a jar of blended mush. 

You're also looking at a short-term solution, which is almost never recommended by doctors. When you're trying a new diet, nutritionists often advise you to ask yourself, “Can I picture myself eating this way forever?” If you can honestly answer "yes" to that question regarding the Baby Food Diet, then aside from that being weirdly impressive, you're in for an eternally expensive and boring meal plan. 

This diet also hasn't been scientifically tested, so if you're going to try it you should definitely do your research and talk to your doctor before forcing mushy carrots down your throat every day. Or, you know, make better food choices and get some exercise. 

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