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A lot of people have asked me about developing a weight loss plan that revolves around baby food. Because I deliver babies, they think that I know all about baby food; so I looked into this diet. Below are the facts about it, including its plan and how it works:

The Diet

On the so-called “Baby Food Diet,” you literally do as the name suggests. You replace several meals and snacks with jars of baby food, from sweet potato mash to pureed peas and blended chicken. Many people on the diet will eat 10–14 jars of baby food throughout the day and end with a regular-sized dinner.

Why do people like this diet? It gives them an easy way to control their portion sizes while still getting in fruits and vegetables.

Since the snack and meals take little time to make, they also don’t have as much motivation to eat out and can get on with their busy lives. They do not have to spend half an hour or more cooking meals.

Health Concerns

There are many health concerns that come with replacing adult-sized meals with portions made for little babies. First of all, babies’ digestive systems are just developing, meaning that they have to take eating slowly and easily so that their stomachs can process it.


On the other hand, adults have fully developed digestive systems. They get great satisfaction from tasting and chewing food, then letting the heavy substance settle in their stomachs.

Their active digestive systems will zip right through baby food, leaving them hungry and unsatisfied throughout the day. You can probably guess what will happen if this cycle of hunger continues. The person will launch right into a binge after a while, undoing any “progress” he may have made.

Second, adults can suffer nutritional deficiencies. Aside from needing over a dozen baby food jars to accommodate an adult’s metabolism, adults can easily get too little nutrients.

Baby food does not have enough fiber for a grown human body, and some people may limit their choices if they do not like the taste. For example, adults might find it hard to stomach pureed meats. Also, while baby food consists of mainly fruits and vegetables, its small size likely will not suffice for an adult’s nutrient needs.

In addition, health professionals have no research to show that the Baby Food Diet is actually safe for people to use. Therefore, dieters are proceeding with unknown risks to their safety.

Not an Effective Diet Program

While many people do not realize this fact, those promoting the Baby Food Diet actually use it for maintaining weight, not losing it. They recommend losing weight on a different diet regimen before starting the Baby Food Diet.


In fact, you should not rely on this diet for weight loss at all. It does not provide a safe, effective route for it.

The Baby Food Diet may lead to severe caloric restriction, slowing down your metabolism. In addition, because you need high motivation to keep up with it, you risk binge-eating or resorting back to your old habits.

Also, professionals have absolutely no research to back this diet, making it entirely unsafe. In fact, the diet does not even have rules or guidelines to help each person obtain similar results.

One person might replace two entire meals with one or two jars of baby food. Another person might eat four or five at a meal and pick through a few more for snacks.

Then, on a busy day, a person could forget to eat all of their dozen jars and experience dizziness, nausea, or weakness. They have no consistency.


Last but definitely not least, the Baby Food Diet does not teach adults the essential rudiments of a healthy diet. Adults who go back and forth between normal food and baby food will find themselves regaining any weight they may have lost before or during this diet. They may also have more temptation to cheat, undercutting their health and learning little about a truly healthy lifestyle.

The Baby Food Diet simply does not work—unless you’re a baby. It does not have adequate research to prove its safety nor guidelines to help people gain consistent, healthy results. Dieters risk getting nutritional deficiencies due to the small portion sizes and lack of fiber, and they do not learn the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Do yourself a favor and toss out this diet fad in place of a more balanced plan. You will see healthier, longer-lasting results.

This article first appeared on AskDrManny.com.

Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel’s senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Click here for more information on Dr. Manny’s work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit AskDrManny.com for more.

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What to eat during Ramadan? Here’s a complete meal plan

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During the holy month of Ramadan most Muslims are required to abstain entirely from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. It can be challenging to obtain the proper nutrients during this time, and to avoid health risks.

Previous Health24 articles have shown that fasting can lead to headaches, dehydration, low blood sugar levels, dizziness and fatigue.

It is however possible to eat healthily during Ramadan and have enough energy to last you throughout the day.

A nutritious diet

“Ramadan is a great opportunity to break the chains of bad eating habits, but the majority of people are not reaping the full benefits of this month,” says Salaamah Solomon, a registered dietitian at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town.

What we eat outside our fasting hours is crucial to our health.

“To fully benefit from fasting, a person should put a great deal of thought into the type and quantity of food they indulge in throughout this month [Ramadan],” Solomon said.

The diet should be a simple meal – not a feast – and should not differ substantially from your normal everyday diet.

“A diet that has less than the normal amount of food but is sufficiently balanced will keep you healthy and active for the duration of Ramadan,” said Solomon.

To maintain a balanced and nutritious diet, a person should consume food from all the major food groups, equally distributed between the two meal times.

The major food groups are:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Breads, cereals, and potatoes
  • Meat, fish and chicken
  • Dairy products such as milk and cheese
  • Foods containing fat and sugar                                                                                            iStock

Pre-dawn meal

Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal) should encompass a wholesome meal that provides long-lasting energy throughout the day. Foods that provide long-lasting energy are complex carbohydrates and high-fibre foods.

Complex carbohydrates are foods that are rich in energy but release this energy slowly throughout the day. Examples include wholewheat, oats, beans, and rice.

Foods that are rich in fibre and are also digested slowly include fruits (raw and unpeeled) and vegetables.

Also don’t forget the all-important fluids as they maintain water and salt levels in the body. Water and fluids with vitamins – like fresh fruit juices – should replace caffeinated drinks.

Caffeine – cold drinks, tea, and coffee – is a diuretic and promotes faster water loss through urination, which can lead to dehydration.

Post-dusk meal

It is customary for Muslims to break their fast – Iftar (the post-dusk meal) – with dates and water. This helps restore sugar and salt levels in the body. It also rehydrates the body.

The benefits of dates are:

  • Easy to digest
  • Decrease the feeling of hunger, preventing one from overeating
  • Prepare the stomach to receive food after many hours of fasting
  • Rich in sugar and energy, restoring nutrients in the body
  • Prevent constipation as a result of altered meal times

Foods to avoid

  • Deep fried foods – fried samosas, fried chicken, fried spring rolls and fried potato chips
  • High sugar and high fat foods – Indian sweetmeats like gulab jamun, jalebi, badam halwa and barfi
  • High-fat cooked foods – oily curries and greasy pastries

Healthy alternatives

  • Baked samosas, baked spring rolls, oven baked potato chips
  • “Dry frying” – using a non-stick pan or non-stick food sprays
  • Grilled or baked meat, chicken, fish as a healthier alternative – while retaining the flavour and taste of the food

Balanced food and fluid intake is important between the fasting periods. In order to prevent muscle breakdown, meals must contain adequate levels of energy-rich foods, including carbohydrates and a portion of fat. Hence a balanced diet with ample quantities of nutrients, salts and water is vital.

“In the end, the focus shouldn’t be entirely on body weight, but rather on being mindful of how you fast and how you break your fast,” said Solomon.

“This can help to improve your overall health, and to maintain that behaviour – making it a lifestyle that can be continued even after the fast has passed.”

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Diet Doc Sees the 2-Week Diet As a Temporary Solution, While the Jumpstart Diet Offers Lasting Weight Loss Results

Jackson, MS, May 24, 2017 — 2-week diets are circulating around the internet as a way to quickly lose up to 15 pounds on a very strict, low-calorie and sometimes, low-carb diet. Caloric deficits are the most tried and true way to lose weight through diet and/or exercise. Most fad diets begin with this premise, but Diet Doc, a national telemedicine program for weight loss wants to warn consumers that there are many drawbacks that can come with sudden losses in calories.


While many low-calorie diets are frequently used to trigger rapid weight loss in obese or overweight patients, these side-effects become even more apparent when these diets are performed without medical supervision. Furthermore, a medically-supervised diet plan can ensure that weight loss not only occurs quickly, but is maintained once the goal is reached (unlike fad diets where the weight lost usually returns soon after the diet is finished). Diet Doc Medical Weight Loss recommends seeking out nutritionists who can assess your body’s individual weight loss needs before embarking on a low-calorie diet. This way, comprehensive strategies can be used, such as appetite suppressants and mood stabilizers that can fend off debilitating side effects and make weight loss much easier.

Rather than consider a 2-week diet with temporary results, Diet Doc’s Jumpstart Diet combines healthy lifestyle choices with customized diet planning that suits your body’s unique requirements. After all, it’s not just about the calorie count, it’s the quality of the calories consumed that determines how successful a weight loss program will be. Diet Doc patients are losing up to 20 pounds per month with nutritional coaching, 24/7 support, convenient home or office prescription delivery and affordable diet plans.

Diet Doc offers a team of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and motivational coaches, Diet Doc products and individualized coaching help individuals lose weight fast and keep it off. Existing patients are losing up to 20 pounds per month safely and effectively. New patients can get started immediately, with materials shipped directly to their home or office. They can also maintain weight loss in the long-term through weekly consultations, customized diet plans, motivational coaches and a powerful prescription program. With Diet Doc, the doctor is only a short phone call away and a fully dedicated team of qualified professionals is available 6 days per week to answer questions, address concerns and support patients.

Getting started with Diet Doc is very simple and affordable. New patients can easily visit https://www.dietdoc.com to quickly complete a health questionnaire and schedule an immediate, free online consultation.


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Changing our diet to save the planet

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Global food consumption and production is seriously unbalanced. In the UK alone we threw away 4.4 million tonnes of “avoidable” food waste in 2015 – that is food that was edible before it was discarded – which equates to £13 billion worth of food wasted, or £470 per household. Meanwhile, nearly 800 million people globally are chronically undernourished.

The world population is projected to grow to 9 billion people by the middle of this century. We face a huge challenge in finding ways to adequately feed this rapidly growing population whilst also protecting the natural environment.

However it is not just the amount of production and the balance of its distribution that are key concerns for sustainably feeding the planet. We also need to think about what we are eating.

Presently western diets are characterised by a high proportion of animal foodstuffs, and this is a problem not just for our health, but for the environment. The Hunger Project has cited climate change as one of the hidden sources of hunger. In doing so it highlights how food production and the environment are inextricably linked.

Meat and requires more land, more water and has higher than plant based alternatives. As the global population continues to grow, we will need to be ever more prudent with the resources that are required for food production. We must consider whether the proportion of resources currently devoted to and dairy production is optimal given the numbers needing to be fed and the environmental impacts such diets can cause.

Already China has pledged to reduce its by 50% by 2050 through changing its government-issued dietary regulations. In many European countries, however, there is more resistance to regulation. The German Environment Ministry’s plan to no longer serve meat at official functions was met with criticism earlier this year. In the UK, the government has a clear preference for encouraging individuals to make the right choices as opposed to regulating them.

So how can people be encouraged to switch to a more planet friendly diet? And how can social marketers and policy makers encourage a dietary transformation of the population when it seems so many people struggle with, or are resistant to change? Research in the field of environmental psychology suggests that individuals will switch to a meat-reduced diet, but this change needs to be self-regulated and go through a process of several stages before it sticks. At each of these four stages of change an individual needs to overcome different barriers to progress to the next .

At the first stage, individuals have a stable but unsustainable behaviour pattern and do not see any need to change. For those in this stage, the initial barrier is to understand why their current behaviour is harmful and to recognise that by changing it they could ameliorate this harm.

At the second stage, individuals are contemplating changing their behaviour but haven’t yet changed what they are doing and may be unsure how to do so. They need to determine a specific course of action that facilitates their goals. In relation to meat reduction, this could involve reducing portion sizes, only eating meat at one meal or having meat free days.

At the third stage, individuals are trialling their new behaviour, but are still highly susceptible to relapses. To progress to the final stage, they must come up with effective implementation plans to ensure their new behaviours will be sustainable in different contexts.

Should individuals reach the fourth and final stage, their behaviour should have built up some resistance to relapses and is therefore more likely to have an impact.

The research tells us that targeted campaigns designed to reduce meat consumption which address the specific stage of change for an individual, are more effective than traditional informational campaigns. At the University of Bath, our research is looking at which social marketing techniques are most effective at each stage of change. In particular, we are looking at what social factors are significant in driving change through the different stages. This is particularly important given the social or collaborative aspects of dietary behaviours: we might eat breakfast with our family, lunch with our colleagues and have dinner at a restaurant with friends. Each of these situations brings different social rewards and pressures which are likely to impact on our choices.

Understanding these contexts is therefore of utmost importance when designing behaviour change campaigns. If we can better understand how individuals are likely to respond to different campaigns and policy measures to change their diets, then we can help social marketers and policymakers design measures that are least likely to encounter resistance and most likely to encourage the desired changes.

The food system is inherently complex and reducing meat consumption is just one example of how consumer habits will need to change if we are to alleviate world hunger and sustainably feed the planet. If we can arm and change agents with the right tools to encourage a shift to different behaviours, then hopefully we can enable a smoother transition to a sustainable food system.

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Kids learn about proper diet

Donna Poe, left, and Linda Dionne, nurse dieticians and diabetes educators, presented a program at Lyndeborough’s Early Leaning Center.


LYNDEBOROUGH – The students at the Early Leaning Center know a lot about eating good food.

You need it to “Grow, Glow and Go,” dietitian Donna Poe told them at an assembly on May 16 – “Grow strong bodies, feel good and have a lot of energy.”

Poe and Linda Dionne are diabetes educators from Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough. Poe talked about the five dietary groups – fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein and grains – and what each does for the body.

The students named their favorite foods, ranging from chocolate, mac and cheese, fruits and ice cream. The food group of each one was discussed.

Dionne presented a brief explanation of diabetes using a Cabbage Patch Kid dressed in a Red Sox uniform. (Ballplayers need lots of good food for energy).

The program was arranged by school nurse Laura Swim-Gifford.

For more information about the program, visit www.diabetes.org.


Lean pork shown to promote weight loss and healthy aging

By: Emily Lunardo | Weight Management | Friday, May 26, 2017 – 07:00 AM

lean pork“You are what you eat” is a long-used mantra that helps people eat less unhealthy food. Weight loss is often the goal when it comes to diet plans, and these often consist of mostly fruits and vegetables while keeping meat content low. However, a new study finds that lean pork fits into a balanced diet and can even promote weight loss and healthy aging.

Lean pork is best

For the longest time, pork-based products were thought to consist of high amounts of fat. However, a study conducted by Duke University found that high-risk obese women following weight loss diets, which included lean pork, had more weight loss and improved physical function. The participants were also more likely to stick to the six-month weight loss program as well.

The study in question sought to test the impact of two different calorie-restricted diets. A total of 80 obese women aged 45 and older took part in the study. Each diet was composed of the average daily amount of protein recommended or higher. This included 30 grams of lean pork—considered a high-quality major protein source.

Both groups experienced significant weight loss. Approximately six percent of their total body weight over six months.

“The health benefits of weight loss for those who are obese are clear, but we all know weight loss is not easy. While more research is needed to understand the specific benefits of protein in a weight-loss diet, this research suggests a calorie-restricted diet including lean, nutrient-rich pork, could be a very viable option for reducing obesity and improving future health and function,” said lead study author Connie Bales, professor of medicine at Duke University.

Lean pork boosts morale while dieting

One aspect of the study was the preservation of functional ability. It is especially important for older adults who diet to maintain muscle mass along with losing fat. Finding the right balance will help maintain independence and the capability to perform day to day tasks.

Participants of this study were found to lose small amounts of muscle, but experienced significant improvements in functional capacity, according to researchers.

“The women in this study enjoyed eating pork to meet their protein goals. Including foods people enjoy could go a long way in helping them stick to their weight-loss plan,” said Dr. Bales.

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