At this time of year, weight loss diets flourish and we have a variety of options at our disposal, among them, some very original such as the baby food diet that this time we place under the magnifying glass. We tell you why eating baby food won’t make you lose weight in a healthy way.
What is the baby food diet?
The baby food diet, also called baby food diet, As the name implies consists of feeding ourselves with “jars” of baby porridge with the goal of losing weight.
It is a diet that has been with us for years and that many celebrities have put into practice, among them, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Madonna have been referenced in this regime that is reborn today.
In its original form allows the daily intake of up to 14 baby food oatmeal or other cereal and vegetables or fruits, or others of your choice. Although there are also versions in which there is no limit for the consumption of baby food, or a dish based on a source of protein and vegetables such as a grilled steak and salad is added at dinner.
Whatever the option, the base is the jars or products designed for babies that star in this diet.
The nutrients in a baby food
To know exactly what is entering our body with the baby food diet it is essential to know what we find in each jar of baby food.
Each baby food is made up of between 190 and 240 grams of food, that is, it constitutes a reduced portion of food in which we usually find food modified by cooking suitable for the digestive process of a developing organism that does not support large amounts of fiber.
In most cases do not add salt or sugars other than the ingredients it includes the do not have preservatives or colorings and some do not have gluten inside.
All offer an average of 65 Kcal per 100 grams, that is, each baby food provides us with approximately 130 Kcal per unit and they come mainly from carbohydrates, especially if it is a small pot of vegetables only or fruits, in the latter the percentage of sugars is higher.
An option with more protein constitutes the baby food with turkey, chicken, hake, or other fish and meat inside. The fats derive in most cases from extra virgin olive oil and the hydrates of vegetables, legumes, or cereals such as rice or wheat semolina in the most basic cases.
The fiber content is around 2 grams, being superior in vegetable options only, as well as the protein intake is increased to 3% in products with meat or fish.
The pros and cons of the baby food diet
Depending on how we will implement this regimen, the baby food diet will offer us an average of 1500 Kcal per day may be less if we do not reach 14 baby food in the day or more depending on the option chosen.
Each baby food tries to offer us nutrients in a balanced way, especially those that include vegetables, cereals, and meat or fish, however, are designed with ingredients suitable for a baby’s body, that is, an immature digestive system.
The “advantages” of the baby food diet
One of the main positive characteristics that everyone sees in this regimen is the possibility of having “balanced” preparations in nutritional terms without having to cook at all. That is, it is easy to carry out and practical if we are not lovers of the kitchen.
Also, if we are not very interested in what we eat can solve a meal for us in minutes, we will taste it in a short time and we can move it wherever it is.
On the other hand, if we are physically active, this diet will help us lose weight to a great extent, offering fewer calories than we need.
The great disadvantages and negative aspects of the baby food diet
Among the negative aspects that we find of the baby food diet are its characteristics of a miracle diet, starting with the owner and continuing to praise a specific product (in this case the positions).
A big disadvantage is that may not be suitable for all people and those who eat 14 baby food or more each day, being sedentary and with a slow metabolism (for example, an inactive woman over 50 years old) may not lose weight but, on the contrary, add kilos.
On the other hand, the fact of adding only food in porridges won’t satiate us enough since we won’t chew and this be the product of anxiety, promoting altered eating behavior.
As if that were not enough, it is a universal diet, which does not consider particularities and in which we may lack quality micronutrients diverse as vitamin C, vitamin D, or others as well as fiber or proteins if we do not choose the suitable baby food or we ingest insufficient amounts.
That is to say, not a side effect free diet, and in some cases, it may not be favorable to lose weight, as it is an option that does not include particularities, and is based on foods designed for babies, not for adults.
For all this, the baby food diet is a miracle diet more, not always effective to lose weight, since with solid and more satiating foods we can achieve a similar contribution of nutrients and calories easily. Therefore, we recommend implementing a weight loss plan always in the hands of a registered nutritionist, a professional who guides us contemplating our needs, tastes, preferences, level of physical activity and other peculiarities.