What is GM Diet? The General Motors Diet is a 7 day weight loss program developed by the GM Motors Corp to help keep their employees fit and healthy. It was developed by the GM Motors in collaboration with the FDA and US Department of Agriculture. They’ve even tested it at the Johns Hopkins Research Center in 1985 before giving it a final approval. Ever since the employees started getting benefited from the positive effects of the diet, it became very popular throughout the world with different names – ‘the GM diet’, ‘the cabbage soup diet’, and ‘the sacred heart diet’.
Overview of the 7 Day Diet Plan
It is a seven-day eating plan where people will be consuming suggested food groups on each day. By following the diet for a week, you’ll not only lose weight, but also put your body through a detoxification process (getting rid of toxins/impurities/wastes from your body). Most of the foods suggested on this diet contain water and when you consume enough water per day in addition to these foods, your body will enter the detoxification mode and initiate rapid fat loss.
Fortunately, unlike the other diets, this diet is not too restrictive. There are several modified versions of the GM diet, which include – Vegetarian and Indian version.
What to Eat on Day 1:
You can eat all varieties of fruits, except bananas on the first day. There is no limit on the quantity of fruits you can consume today. For better weight loss results on the GM Motors diet, it is recommended that you eat lots of melon today. It would give a huge boost to your goal.
What to Eat on Day 2:
Today, you can have all varieties of vegetables (no fruits) in either raw or cooked form. No restriction on the quantity. But, the potato should be limited to breakfast. It provides your body with enough carbohydrates (energy) for the whole day. On the other hand, you get all the essential nutrients and fiber from the vegetables. Fortunately, they’re all low in calories. So, eat to your heart’s content.
What to Eat on Day 3:
Today is a blend of day 1 and 2. You can eat both fruits and veggies on this day, except bananas and potatoes. Since you’re already getting carbs from fruits, you can avoid potatoes. By this day, your body is all prepared to start burning the extra pounds that were accumulated all these years through eating junk foods.
What to Eat on Day 4:
On the fourth day of the diet, you can eat bananas and milk. The restriction actually starts from this day onward. You’re allowed to eat up to 8 small or 6 large bananas and 3 glasses (250 ml each) of milk (skim milk preferred) on this day. While the bananas are rich in Potassium and sodium, you get calcium from the milk.
What to Eat on Day 5:
Today is a big deal for the non-vegetarian diet followers as they can have beef/chicken/fish along with tomatoes. You’re allowed to eat 6 whole tomatoes and two 10 oz portions of meat. There is no alternative for the tomatoes and all of them have to be eaten. You get fiber from tomatoes, which help in digestion. Fortunately, you don’t have to eat all the beef. Just go with your choice. The meat will provide iron and protein.
If you’re a vegetarian dieter, you can replace the meat with cottage cheese or brown rice, and 6 tomatoes.
P.S: If you don’t like the tomatoes raw, prepare the tomato soup aka power soup with 6 tomatoes and have it instead.
Since, you’re getting extra protein on this day, it is suggested to increase your water intake by 2 glasses i.e., 10 to 12 glasses a day. Water helps your body cleanse itself of the uric acid.
What to Eat on Day 6:
Beef and Vegetables. You can skip tomatoes on this day. Two 10 oz portions of meat (chicken/beef/fish) and unlimited quantities of veggies (no potatoes).
Vegetarian GM diet followers can replace meat with cottage cheese (Indian paneer) and vegetables.
By this day, you would feel a lot of difference in your appearance and body weight. You also get to enjoy this diet more.
What to Eat on Day 7:
On the last day of the GM diet plan, you can eat brown rice, fruit juice and unlimited quantity of vegetables. I prefer preparing the brown rice pulao with sprouts & tomatoes on this day, as it is both delicious and nutritious.