General Motors Diet

If you have a wedding round the corner and you are having trouble fitting into the dress you got last year, the GM diet would be the solution to your problem! You can lose up to 15 pounds in just 7 days without breaking a sweat.

General Motors Inc had reportedly developed the GM Diet for its employees to help them lose weight and feel healthier. General Motors Inc then collaborated with  FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION and the US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE developing on the first formulated diet plan. It was first tested at JOHNS HOPKINS RESEARCH CENTER in 1985. Since then, this diet plan has been accepted as a legitimate solution to weight loss, helping people across the globe.

How does the GM diet work?
GM Diet works on a simple principle- the food you consume will burn extra calories than the quantity of energy /calories they are providing for the body to accumulate as fat. Moreover, this diet detoxifies your entire body because of the amount of water the plan provides for. You can lose between 10 and 17 lbs per week, following this diet plan. This process of detoxification will cleanse your body and overall prepare it for better health after seven days.

For the first three days, you will have to eat low calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The total calorie intake for these three days would be 1000-12000 calories per day. From the fourth day till seventh day, you will be eating protein rich foods along with carbs in the form of bananas, brown rice and milk.

After you have finished the diet, you might experience a resistance to the unhealthy, processed foods, which is extremely harmful for your body. It is not essential for the dieter’s to work out or to add supplementary non-food items to their diet. Apart from this, you can do this diet multiple times leaving a gap of five days in between each cycle, until you reach your target weight.

The kinds of GM diet plans available
Broadly speaking, there are essentially two kinds of GM diet plans available. One for vegetarians and the other for non-vegetarians. There are also other variations or rather, alterations based on the diet, like the Indian GM diet plan or the Vegan GM diet plan. The original version includes beef and salmon and in the plan, but it is reported to have the same results as the altered ones. Let us primarily focus on the two kinds of GM diets- the one for vegetarians and the non-vegetarians.

The GM Diet Plan
This plan incorporates the consumption of vegetables, fruits and starch, along with lean meat. To set yourself up for the GM diet, you have to maintain a distance from alcohol for a couple of days. Particularly during the diet routine and before it. This is a vital tip you have to look after. Alcohol builds up uric acid in the body, which leads to water retention in the body. This hinders the detoxifying process from playing an active role. It is also necessary for one to drink up to 10 glasses of water daily, as it will be the main source of energy for your body for the whole day and it will also boost your metabolism rate.

Day 1:
The first day is always the hardest, but you have to keep yourself motivated throughout the day. You must try to keep away from all sorts of cravings as today you will be consuming only fruits. Consumption of all kinds of fruits is allowed for this day, apart from bananas, grapes, litchi and mangoes. There is no restriction on the quantity. It is recommended that you consume more of watermelon, oranges, lime, apples, strawberries pomegranates and melons. You can eat at least 20 times a day, but only fruits. There is a chance of losing up to 3 pounds this day.

Day 2:
Today is all veggies day. Boiled or raw vegetables works best to fill your stomach and not make you feel hungry. You can even start your day with just one medium sized boiled potato and a tea spoon (not more!) of butter. This will give the body sufficient energy and carbohydrates for the rest of the day. But following those only raw and boiled vegetables should be consumed. This is a calorie free day, along with a good amount of fibre and nutrients. No amount of boiled chicken or fish must be taken along with the boiled veggies, in case you are a non-vegetarian.

Day 3:
This day is a combination of Day 1 and Day 2, which means you are allowed to eat vegetablesand fruits together. But at the same time, you need to keep away from potatoes on this day, as you are attaining a sufficient amount of carbohydrates from the fruits. Today is the day your body is more or less accustomed to the process of burning fat.

Day 4:
On the 4th day of the GM diet, you have the freedom to consume up to 6 bananas the whole day, along with four glasses of milk. Bananas act as a supply of potassium and sodium for the body. This will help the body get its essential salts. But you must not forget to drink at least 8 glasses of water the entire day! You are also allowed to have just one cup of a well diluted soup for the day. The soup should consist of capsicum, onions, garlic and tomatoes. The recipe is simple and can be found on the internet. But remember, JUST ONCE! And again, no lean meat for the soup if you are a non-vegetarian!

Day 5:
Protein day is finally here! Today is a festive day, as you can finally have a meal! For vegetarians, tomatoes, sprouts and paneer (cottage cheese) and soya chunks can be made into a soup consumed. As for the non-vegetarians, today is a big deal because they can have beef/chicken/fish along with tomatoes. You must remember to increase your water intake today to cleanse your body of the accumulated uric acid.

Day 6:
Today is the second last day of your diet and it is a bit different from the previous days. You are also expected to see a few changes in your body and feel better. Today, you are allowed to have sprouts, paneer, broccoli, celery, cucumber, and everything else, but not tomatoes. And for the non-vegetarians, 10 oz of beef/chicken/ fish can be used instead of paneer. The soup is going to help to kill hunger and the vegetables in it are rich in fibre and are going to provide for the vitamins needed by your body.

Day 7:
Today is the last day of your diet, and the most important one. You can have fresh fruit juices for the day. Additionally, you can also opt for just one cup of brown rice or half chapatti and other vegetables you would like to eat. You can finish your day with the consuming lots of water. No meat or paneer for this day to eat along with the vegetables. You are already expected to feel light on your toes and happy from the inside after the completion of this 7 day GM diet! You will see that your weight has reduced by a minimum of 10 pounds if compared to the first day of starting the diet.

GM Diet Plan Chart
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What to do after the GM diet is over?
Two main things are to be considered once the GM diet plan is over. One, eat habits and two, how to prevent the yo-yo effect. To be honest there is no guarantee that you are not going to gain weight after this diet plan, because, our body weight is dependent on how we deal with it.

  • It is recommended that you turn to a low carb high protein diet in order to carry on maintaining your weight permanently or just until your next GM diet session.
  • Saying NO to high calorie foods like noodles, pasta, chicken nuggets and all sorts of foods high in carbs or starch.
  • Drinking up to 3-4 litres of water daily.
  • Replacing white foods, like white rice with brown colored foods like, brown rice.
  • Switching to Green Tea instead of tea or coffee.
  • Allotting at least 30 minutes to yoga or cardio.

You will definitely maintain your weight if you follow these tips mentioned above and stay fit!

Pros and Cons of the GM diet plan
The GM diet like every other thing in the world has its advantages and disadvantages. You must weigh the pros and cons according to your judgement before doing it.

The advantages of the GM diet over other types are as follows:

  • It is a rather quick way of losing weight, while keeping within the limits of crash dieting.
  • The diet aids workout regimens by burning extra calories.
  • Motivates people to continue weight loss activities, by providing results within weeks.
  • The GM diet improves digestion and keeps the body healthy by incorporating more fiber producing food items like vegetables and fruits,

The GM diet may have the following disadvantages depending on the anatomy of specific individuals:

  • The diet may lead to severe dehydration as it decreases the amount of water the body can hold.
  • The diet does not balance nutrients as it does not incorporate a whole lot of protein and fat based items.
  • By reducing food choices, the diet may interfere with the metabolism of the body
  • The diet is too rigid and does not allow for any exceptions which may be common over an entire week.

Tips and tricks to ace the GM diet plan
To make the GM diet even more effective, you can consider the following tips and tricks to incorporate in your 7 day regime:

  • Avoid drinking water right after eating fruits and wait for a minimum of half an hour. It may cause acidity and have an effect on your diet plan.
  • Keep away from sugar in all forms. Eating sugarcane juice should be avoided on the 7th
  • A daily walk of 30-45 minutes can be healthy. It would help you get rid of your water weight in the body.
  • You must avoid eating all types of lentils or beans on the meal day.
  • To make your salad a little less boring, you can add a dash of lemon or a little bit of apple cider vinegar/ white wine/ red wine.
  • Start with the habit of drinking luke warm water with honey and lemon squeezed into it. It helps fasten up the detox process.

Frequently asked questions about the GM diet plan

Can I do the GM Diet continuously?
The GM diet is only a diet that introduces an individual to weight loss methods. The diet can be undergone only after two weeks. Or preferably one month, of healthy balanced eating. It is important to note that going back to the pre-diet routine or lifestyle, or eating habits, is not advisable.

Can I have dried fruits or nuts?
Dried fruits are extremely concentrated sources of energy, and will not go with the GM diet. After a week of the diet is completed, dried fruits may be consumed, but only in small quantities, to maintain a healthy routine.

Can Pregnant Women Follow the GM Diet?
That is a big no! Pregnancy and motherhood requires additional nutrition to compensate for the baby. The GM diet is a strict diet where the main caveat is to consume less calories each day, than the body ends up spending. For a pregnant woman, a good balanced diet with all types of nutrients is necessary, to keep her and her baby healthy. Following the GM diet would deprive the mother of these essential nutrients, which are fundamental to her baby’s growth.

As a matter of fact, pregnant women should not follow any diet or weight loss program, but should instead stick to a healthy food regimen.

Hope the GM diet helps you follow the lifestyle and lose weight naturally. Stay Healthy!