Baby Food Diet Hype -- Just Eat Fruits and Veg, Nutritionist Says


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Could the celebrity baby food diet help you lose weight just like Jennifer Aniston? She lost 7 pounds already eating 14 servings of bland, mushed veggies and fruits followed by one adult protein-infused meal at night.

While you're almost surely guaranteed to lose weight by virtue of the lesser-calorie load alone, at least one nutritionist at a leading diet and fitness research center thinks this eating plan is, well, silly. It works against a number of the healthy eating principles that research has shown to produce sustained weight loss -- and isn't that what everyone really wants?

"Baby food is mushy -- it doesn't encourage eating slowly, which makes you more aware and mindful of what you're eating, so from a palatability standpoint, you won't be satisfied," Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director for the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center.

Another negative for baby food -- lack of chewing.

"Chewing is associated with feeling more satisfied; plus, it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to register the feeling of fullness in your brain, so that goes back to the slow eating," Politi continues.

Celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson put Aniston on the "Baby Food Cleanse" to help the actress lose weight for her newest movie, Just Go With It, which is being filmed in Hawaii. Apparently Aniston, who has a near perfect body already as far as I can tell, wants to be even more perfect, if that's even possible.

Aniston's awesome figure can't be attributed to exercise alone -- healthy eating is already part of her regimen, which is why Politi thinks the "cleanse" is even more "preposterous."

"There's no need to cleanse the digestive tract if you already eat healthy," Politi says. "Cleansing is associated with overindulgence on bad foods, so thinking this way just creates a vicious cycle."

Aniston has said that she feels cleansing is improving her digestive function, helping her body break down food more efficiently, but Politi says there's simply no medical research to support that theory.

"Just eat real fruits and vegetables," she said. "You'll achieve the same effect, replacing higher-calorie foods with lower-calorie ones, you'll get to chew and eat more slowly, and you'll save money. Baby food is expensive!"

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nonmember avatar Philip

There is an interesting post at the Health Journal Club that makes the case that people should just not eat anything that wasn't a food 100 years ago.  Sure gets rid of all the aspartame, trans-fats, artificial food dyes, etc, etc, that they try and pass off as food these days.

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James Raynor

If you are looking for "real" diet plans then head over to They don't have baby food diets there.

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Cleansing diets to lose weight  -- One to consider if your not into pills or potions. This program teaches you how to eat a better diet that allows your body to detox naturally.


Stephen Esquibel

If you go on a stricked veggie and fruit diet and consume nothing but water you will lose weight quickly provided that you are active. In most cases celebs are very active on their off time.

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