The baby food diet has been Tinseltown's most buzzed-about new weight loss plan since widespread reports claimed that celeb fitness guru Tracy Anderson put Jennifer Aniston on the diet to lose a few pounds for a role. Aniston has denied the rumors, but that hasn't stopped the baby talk. (Think this celebrity diet is bizarre? Check out The Weirdest Weight Loss Tricks Celebs Swear By.)
The diet reportedly involves replacing breakfast and lunch with about 14 jars of baby food (about 25 to 75 calories each), and then eating a sensible dinner. What's really up with the weight loss trend? Here, a quick pro and con guide:
Pro: No need to cook—just throw a bunch of jars of baby food in your bag and go. They're portion controlled!
Con: Maybe there's a reason you don't remember what you ate as a baby. Pureed peas, anyone? And if you choose the higher calorie options, you're still eating at least 1,000 calories. If you really, really love the taste, well, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that finding a diet you can stick to is more important than which diet you choose. But baby food for the long term? Doubt it.
Pro: Celebs like Lady Gaga, Marcia Cross and Reese Witherspoon are rumored to have followed the Baby Food Diet.
Con: Maybe they're not. None of these stars are fessing up. We probably wouldn't admit it if we were subsisting on strained squash, either.
Pro: Nobody will steal your food from the office fridge.
Con: It's hard to earn professional respect when spooning strained carrots out of an itty bitty jar at a business lunch. Enough said.
Pro: Baby food is low in additives and preservatives.
Con: It's still baby food. Sure, you have something on your colleague with the organic food superiority complex. But it's still more likely that her organic arugula with heirloom tomato salad will end up on a celeb chef menu than your mashed cauliflower.
Pro: Baby food is cheaper than a home delivery juice cleanse program.
Con: It's not as trendy. A juice cleanse program can run around $65 per day, whereas baby food costs a fraction of this. But while juice cleanses are widely considered socially acceptable, baby food...isn't. (But even juice cleanses give out false claims. Here, The Next Wave of Juice Cleanses.)
Bottom line: You can lose weight on the baby food diet, but we still recommend eating like a grown-up. Check out our inventory of recommended foods for weight loss, plus healthy recipes and other sensible diet strategies.