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Hey HollyMoms, Would You Try The Baby Food Diet To Lose Weight?

Mon, October 4, 2010 8:30am EDT by 6 Comments; iStockphoto.comDoes your little one like mashed bananas and strained prunes? Well, some famous women (including Gwyneth Paltrow) have been chowing down on baby food in the hopes of losing a few pounds.

In Hollywood it seems you can never be too thin, which means that stars are often the first ones to jump on the fad diet bandwagon. From cayenne pepper and maple syrup cleanses to slurping cabbage soup, we thought we’d heard it all. But now a lot of A-list ladies — including Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow — have reportedly been on the baby food diet, which was popularized by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. Why on earth would so many stars be delving into these jars of slop? According to Anderson, the baby food helps “eliminate toxicity, break bad habits but still have your digestive system going.”

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The diet is all about cutting calories and learning portion control. Instead of eating normal meals and snacks, you’re supposed to substitute 14 jars of 80-calorie baby food. The good news is that you actually get to chew on one real meal a day.

Catt Sandler, host of E!’s The Daily 10, swears that she dropped 5 pounds thanks to the puree. “I had more nutrient rich food going into my body than I ever had,” says the 35-year-old single mother, about eating 10, three-to-five ounce containers of pureed gazpacho, edamame sweet corn and cauliflower a day. “The assumption is that these girls are starving themselves! It was the opposite for me. Everything I ate was packed with vitamins. My energy was up the whole time.”

Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston and Desperate Housewives‘ star Marcia Cross, 48, aren’t so excited about reports that they were eating baby food — both have denied trying the diet. “I’ve been on solids for about 40 years now,” says Jen, 41.

Marcia Cross’ twin girls are stealing her style.

Meanwhile, experts say that the diet isn’t dangerous on a short-term basis. “There is no danger in cutting back calories unless you begin to cut back excessively and sacrifice nutrients doing so,” says Dr. Oz Garcia. “With the baby food diet you are not sacrificing nutrition.”

–Amy L. Harper