Read This Before Trying The Baby Food Diet

Celebrities have almost impossible industry standards to live up to when it comes to their appearances. Various publications, like Mirror UK, devote much of their reporting to the latest celebrity diet trend or cosmetic procedures. And while it was once taboo for a celebrity to admit they had work done or had to diet, it has now become the norm for movie stars and entertainers to endorse a such things. Jessica Simpson, for instance, endorses WW (formerly Weight Watchers), while Valerie Bertinelli once attributed her weight loss to Jenny Craig (via Fox News) — a partnership the "One Day at a Time" actor now regrets.

And, while there are sensible ways to stay in good health, like a carefully balanced diet and exercise, there are also tons of "fad" diets that seem less sensible. One diet from the 1970s had people eating special cookies to lose weight, while another diet from the Victorian era suggested people chew their food 32 times before swallowing. Today, however, many celebrities have taken to eating like babies — literally.

Here's why the baby food diet might not be right for you

Shape reports that celebrities have been trying to lose weight by eating baby food. The diet, which was rumored to have been tried by A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Anniston, and Stephanie Pratt (via the Daily Beast), has people eating jars of baby food to lose weight. These pureed fruits and vegetables are apparently safe enough to feed to a baby, but are the nutrients found in baby food enough for a busy adult?

The Daily Beast reports that the diet replaces regular food with up to 14 jars of prepared baby food for two meals during the day, as well as snacks. In addition, the diet allows one meal of solid food per day. Other modifications to the diet include replacing chemically processed snacks with a jar of baby food. 

The diet, which is credited to celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, is labeled a "gimmick" by WebMD, which quotes Dr. Melinda Ratini as saying that the baby food diet is "a fad diet that may help you lose weight for the short term." And while the diet itself should not be harmful in the short term, it may lead to "tastebud boredom." "[J]ust like a baby, it won't be long before you outgrow this diet and start to gain weight," Dr. Ratini noted. In the end, WebMD suggests that the best way to lose weight and keep it off is to plan healthy meals and exercise regularly.