It happens many times that people, in order to lose pounds had started a diet which could never keep it up. The usual reasons could be difficulties of preparing meals, the food that was not keeping them full or simply the results weren’t as expected.
If your goal is to lose a few pounds quickly, without breaking too much sweat, the GM diet might be the right diet you’re looking for.
What Is The GM Diet?
According to some investigations, the General Motors Diet (GM Diet) was created in 1985 by GM Corporation to help employees improve their overall quality of life and to stay fit.However in 2009 New York Times article reported that the General Motors’ spokesperson denied that the company had any part to play in devising this popular diet plan.
So, at the moment, there is no credible organization or individual who claims responsibility for creating this diet.
Even the creator is not known, that does not mean the diet isn’t any good. The people who already had practiced it lost between 10-17 pounds.
This is essentially a 7-day weight loss program, focusing on eating only specific food groups throughout the day.
Prepare Yourself forA GM Diet
As it requires a drastic changes in your eating habits, you need to be mentally prepared to get yourself through these 7 days. The numerous examples showed that you are going to feel more hungry in the initial 2-3 days of the program, which shouldn’t discouraged you and be focused to stay and stick to the plan for 7 days. During this program make sure you drink about 10 glasses of water every day.
The 7-Day GM Diet Plan
The GM diet plan is:
- Spread over 7 consecutive days
- Unlike other diets, the meal plan is not very restrictive
- The diet plan also acts as a detox for your body
- Gives you the freedom to drink as much cabbage soup as you want (but not more than 2-3 bowls a day)
During the diet experts suggest doing light exercises for about 10-20 minutes every day to keep the metabolic rate higher and aid in weight loss.
Day 1: Fruits
You can consume all varieties of fruits (no bananas). Normally, you need to restrict yourself to fruits for all your meals, which is not the case for this diet – no limit on how much fruit you can consume.
It is highly recommended to include a large portion of melons in your fruit mix.
Day 2: Vegetables
They can be consumed raw or cooked. There is no restriction on the quantity, but only if you stick to just vegetables.
Note: you can have potatoes only during breakfast.
Day 3: Both Fruits and Vegetables
A mix of day 1 and day 2 is a plan for this day, but avoid bananas and potatoes though (you’re getting all the carbs that you need from the fruits).
There are no restrictions on the quantity of food up until now.
Day 4: Bananas and Milk
Today is going to be just bananas and milk. You can eat up to 8 small bananas or 6 large ones and drink 3 glasses of milk (preferably skimmed), divided the quantity across 3 meals. They can be even combined in a smoothie. To beat the hunger pangs in between meals, you can have cabbage soup or use soy milk if you’re lactose intolerant.
Day 5: More Protein
You get to eat proteins and can have two 10 oz portions of beef, fish or chicken, along with 6 whole tomatoes. The tomatoes can be consumed raw or in a soup.
Vegetarians can use as an alternative brown rice or cottage cheese. As bigger amount of protein requires more liquid, make sure you’re also drinking 10-12 glasses of water (that flushes out the uric acid).
Day 6: Meat And Vegetables
The amount of meat you can eat remains the same as day 5, and the amount of vegetables is unlimited. The vegetarians can substitute the meat with cottage cheese.
The difference in your appearance and body weight should be already seen by this time. So, you might even start enjoying the diet.
Day 7: More Fruits And Vegetables
As many fruits and vegetables as you like is recommended. In addition, you can have up to 2 cups of brown rice, but no meat included.
Things to Remember Before You Start:
- Health Risk: because of the drastic change from your regular food habits consult with your healthcare provider before you start the diet.
- Restrictions: nofor pregnant women, children and for people who have pre-existing health conditions like Type 2 diabetes.
- Sustainability: it is a quick weight loss solution but it’s not sustainable. The lost weight might come back if you return to your regular eating habits.
- Side Effects: practicing it can weaken muscles (due to the lack of protein), headaches (because of fatigue) and dehydration (if not drinking enough water).
- Criticism: it has been called a fad diet, as it does not recommend exercise and the meal plans exclude several essential nutritious foods for your overall health.
Despite all,it has been consistently one of the most popular diets used to lose weight effectively. It may not be the healthiest way to lose weight but it definitely is a shortcut.