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What Is It, and Can You Lose Weight?

Baby Food Diet: What Is It, and Can You Lose Weight?

Medically reviewed by Jillian Kubala, MS, RD, Nutrition — By Aimee Eyvazzadeh, MD, MPH — Updated on October 31, 2020

The baby food diet involves replacing breakfast, lunch, and snacks with 14 containers of baby food. You then eat a regular dinner in the evening. The diet is meant to last for 3 days.

The baby food diet gained popularity around 2010. It’s rumored that actress Jennifer Aniston, with the help of her celebrity trainer, used the diet to lose 7 pounds in a week during the filming of the movie “Just Go with It.”

The idea of losing a pound per day may sound tempting, but the baby food diet fits into the category of a fad diet.

Many fad diets might help you lose weight in the short term, but they’re usually difficult to follow for an extended period of time.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what exactly the baby food diet is, as well as the pros and cons of this eating plan.

The premise behind the diet is that the small portion sizes of baby food will reduce your daily calorie intake. The bland taste of pureed baby food is also supposed to discourage you from overeating.

There are several less restrictive versions of the diet, like replacing only one meal a day with baby food.

Compared to many fad diets, the baby food diet has loose guidelines. For instance:

  • The diet plan doesn’t specify which type of baby food you can eat. The calorie content in baby food can vary from about 20 calories to more than 120 calories per jar.
  • It doesn’t put a limitation on what you can eat for dinner.

Here’s an example of what an average day might look like on the baby food diet.

  • Breakfast: 5 jars of baby food
  • Lunch: 5 jars of baby food
  • Afternoon snack: 2 jars of baby food
  • Dinner: your regular dinner
  • Evening snack: 2 jars of baby food

Most reports of weight loss on the baby food diet are anecdotal. According to people who’ve tried it, it can help you lose weight in the short term.

However, there’s currently no scientific evidence to back up these claims or to prove it’s an effective diet for long-term weight loss.

Replacing your usual meals with baby food will likely lower the number of calories you eat per day, which is probably one of the main reasons why you may lose weight while you’re on this diet.

But research suggests that restricting calories alone is rarely an effective method for reducing body weight. When you lower your calorie intake, your body’s metabolism tends to slow down, too. You may also feel hungrier than usual if you aren’t getting enough calories.

Because this diet typically lowers your intake of fiber and sodium, the weight you lose may be from water retention and not necessarily from fat.

Research also shows that the weight that’s lost on calorie-restrictive diets is usually regained when you return to your usual eating habits.

In theory, it’s possible to get most of your essential nutrients while following the baby food diet. Many baby foods are made from pureed fruits and vegetables. Some baby foods are also made from high-protein foods or whole grains.

Following the baby food diet for the recommended 3 days likely won’t hurt you. But following this diet for a longer period of time could lead to nutrient deficiencies if you’re eating far below your daily calorie need.

With restrictive diets like the baby food diet, it’s also important to keep in mind the risk of developing disordered eating, which could lead to an eating disorder if the diet is followed for a longer period of time.

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the baby food diet.


  • High in fruits and vegetables. Most baby foods are made from pureed fruits and vegetables.
  • Low in sodium. Most baby foods are low in sodium. Babies have a lower sodium requirement than adults.
  • Low in fat. Most baby foods are low in saturated fat.
  • No preparation. Besides your evening meal, there’s no meal prep necessary. Just open a jar and eat.


  • Restrictive. The baby food diet lacks the calories and nutrients you need to properly fuel your body.
  • Not filling. Most baby foods are low in protein and fiber. You may find that you feel hungry even when consuming adequate calories.
  • Low in fiber. You’ll get a lot more fiber from eating fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, rather than from food that’s been pureed.
  • Expensive. Most baby foods are fairly expensive per serving.
  • Large variation in calories between brands. The number of calories in a container of baby food varies from about 20 to 120 calories. Eating 14 containers per day could provide you with anywhere from 280 to 1,680 calories.

Following the baby food diet may help you quickly shed a few pounds, but it’s unlikely to cause sustainable weight loss.

Instead, a healthier strategy for long-term weight loss is to:

  • Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean protein, and healthy fats.
  • Limit your intake of foods and drinks that are high in added sugars.
  • Focus on portion control. Resist eating more than you need to satisfy your hunger.
  • Exercise regularly, at least 150 minutes a week.
  • Don’t skip meals.

If you’re looking to quickly lose a few pounds, the baby food diet may help you achieve results. But if you’re looking for sustainable, long-term weight loss, it’s far from ideal.

The baby food diet falls into the category of fad diets. These types of diets often promise rapid weight loss and include a strict list of foods you can and can’t eat.

Containers of baby food are relatively low calorie, but research has shown that restricting too many calories can slow down your metabolism. This means that as soon as you go back to eating normal meals, you’ll likely put the weight back on.

A safer and healthier option for long-term weight loss is to follow a balanced eating plan that includes all food groups, while also keeping an eye on your portion sizes, and including regular exercise in your weight loss program.

Last medically reviewed on October 31, 2020

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Jennifer Aniston's diet will help you lose more than 5 kg in a month

At 51, this Hollywood actress looks simply luxurious. And here it is not only about constant sports and yoga, but also about proper nutrition. More precisely, Jennifer has been following a special diet for more than 10 years, which helps her keep herself in perfect shape to the envy of her colleagues and fans.

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Proper nutrition


Diet choice


Actually, everything is very simple. The essence of the Aniston diet is the complete rejection of white foods: potatoes, sugar, salt, rice, pasta, flour products, beans, cheese, cream, sweet yogurt, ice cream. To be honest, some white foods are still allowed, such as skim milk and low-fat dairy products (kefir), chicken and turkey (breast), and egg white. And one more secret: brown rice can become an alternative to white rice,

This diet is commonly referred to as the No White Food Diet. But without restrictions, you can eat vegetables, fruits and berries, which will make up about seventy percent of the daily diet. They contain a large amount of natural fiber - it promotes digestion and speeds up metabolism. And vegetables fill the stomach, suppressing appetite. Also, the diet does not prohibit eating fish, sweet potatoes, cereals, nuts, honey.

Of course, you should not forget about water and drink it often and a lot. Since it helps to eliminate toxins and eliminate edema. The main thing is not to drink a lot before going to bed, otherwise swelling will appear on the face in the morning.

Approximate daily ration:

Breakfast: fat-free cottage cheese with apple jam.
Second breakfast: peach puree (baby food), coconut milk with ginger.
Snack: green apple.
Lunch: celery soup, vegetable salad with herbs, dressed with 1 tbsp. l. olive oil.

If you stick to this diet without giving yourself any indulgence (forget about chocolate and buns!), then in a month you can easily lose up to five kilograms, or even more. In addition, the “white diet” energizes the body so much that 6 hours of sleep will be enough for you instead of the standard 8-9..

And another secret of Aniston's slimness: she is a big fan of baby food, which sometimes replaces several meals. Her friend, nutritionist and part-time personal trainer Tracey Andersen put her on this. According to her idea, the daily diet should consist of 10-14 small jars of baby food, which contain meat, vegetables and fruits. All this, of course, is good, but following such a diet, the feeling of hunger will not leave you. To prevent this from happening, Tracy advises not to ignore lunch (boiled chicken breast and vegetable salad will not harm the figure). If it is difficult for you to quickly adjust to such a rigid diet, arrange at least once a week a fasting day on baby food. And gradually you will get involved!

Jennifer Aniston's diet: what it is, features


  • Nutrition principles of a Hollywood star
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  • Diet Jennifer Aniston: menu for the week

Not everyone knows that Jennifer Aniston is prone to weight gain. It's hard to believe, looking at her toned and slender figure. She does not sit on strict diets and does not exhaust herself with workouts, but she always watches her diet and adheres to the principles of proper nutrition. The main secret of the Jennifer Aniston diet is proper nutrition all year round, without interruptions.

Hollywood Star Nutrition Principles

The star admits that she easily gains extra pounds, so she always adheres to the principles of a dietary but balanced diet. Together with a nutritionist, she developed her own nutrition system without strict restrictions, but, nevertheless, she refused a number of products once and for all. The main principles of her diet: if possible, organic products, a minimum of sugar, drink as much water as possible daily, good sleep.

Jennifer Aniston tries to eat only organic products

Aniston's diet secrets:

  1. The actress gave up caffeine for breakfast . If earlier she started the day with a cup of coffee, then since she began to monitor her weight, she starts the day with a glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice. During the day, she allows herself to drink one cup of coffee.
  2. She considers oatmeal the most useful product for breakfast. She adds fresh berries or fruits to it, or makes a fruit and berry smoothie.
  3. Greens and fruits in abundance . The actress tries to eat a balanced diet, so her diet contains all the variety of fruits and herbs.
  4. No hard limit . She considers it wrong to severely limit herself. The main thing for her is to eat right, choose organic products. Jennifer does not even like fasting days: when she urgently needs to get herself in perfect shape, she reduces her salt intake and trains hard.

The star’s diet contains a lot of fruits and greens

The star’s diet

The list of allowed foods includes vegetables, eggs, lean meats (mainly chicken and turkey), olive oil, low-fat dairy and sour-milk products, white and brown cheese , spaghetti. The actress's favorite dish is vegetable lasagna, as well as spaghetti with turkey. She advises cooking lasagna according to this recipe: cut zucchini and eggplant into plates, lay them in layers, laying cheeses of different varieties, bake in the oven.

Her diet includes vegetables, fruits and berries without restrictions . She consumes them both in the main meals and as snacks. Her diet also includes fish, cereals, honey and nuts.

As for prohibited foods , she completely gave up sugar, flour products, potatoes, pasta, and beans.

The actress herself says that there are no expensive products or delicacies in her refrigerator, so she considers her food system accessible to everyone

She always has chicken, vegetables and eggs in her fridge.

The main foods in Jennifer Aniston's diet are chicken, eggs and a variety of vegetables. The essence of the Jennifer Aniston "Zone" diet is that each meal should include a block of fats, proteins and carbohydrates with the following ratio: 40% are carbohydrates, 30% each are proteins and fats.

Water plays an important role in her diet. The actress tries to drink as much pure water as possible every day0003

Another secret of the actress is a diet based on baby food. She considers baby food to be a useful and dietary product. Sometimes she replaces them with several meals. So, when she needs to lose weight quickly, she replaces all meals, except for lunch, with baby food: she consumes about 10 jars of meat, vegetable and fruit food per day. For lunch, she eats boiled chicken breast and vegetable salad.

For quick weight loss, the actress replaces the main meals with baby food

Jennifer Aniston's diet: menu for the week

The actress considers breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, so she never skips it.

Sample menu: