Last year, Jennifer Aniston‘s baby-food diet kicked up a fuss. She denies that she ever tried such a thing, but the celebrity trainer-endorsed weight loss tactic spread like wildfire through Hollywood and beyond. So much so, that Marie Claire is reporting that sales of wet and dry baby food have soared recently (wet is up 20%, dry is up 59%). Really, people? There was a time when we only ate baby food when we were, y’know, babies (or to show our finicky toddlers that the food was in fact nom-nom-nom), but are we so desperate to lose weight that we’ll eat that glop of mushy peas or sluiced apples instead of actual meals?
The baby food diet involves eating 14 pots of baby food, followed by a regular dinner. 14 might sound like a high number, but considering that baby food pots usually only contain between 100-150 calories, if you follow this diet, you could only be eating about 1400 calories a day. Adult women should be eating approximately 2000 calories a day. 1400 calories is the recommended caloric intake of a three year old. How apropos.
But the fact that this fad has actually skyrocketed baby food sales speaks to a systemic problem: We will do any stupid thing to lose weight, except eat a normal, healthy diet. Come on! There are lots of sensible food plans you can follow to help shed that baby weight without actually eating like one. And how is eating a pot of apple mash better than actually eating *gasp* an apple?
Will you please eat an apple for mummy? Here comes the plane, open the hangar! Atta girl.
You are actually allowed to enjoy your food, y’know, it doesn’t have to pummeled and squashed within an inch of its life for it to healthy. Eat real food! Eat sensibly. Move your butt. Break a sweat daily. Put away the booster seat. You’ll do fine.
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