General Motors Diet
By Amy Greenwald
The General Motors Diet
The General Motors Diet was created with US Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration for General Motors company in the 1980′s. Developed for the exclusive use of General Motor employees, the secret got out and this simple seven day diet plan is now available to the public.
While General Motors denies they ever developed this diet plan, the effectiveness and results seen with the GM diet are real. By limiting eating to healthy, non-processed foods, the GM diet cleanses and invigorates the body. In seven days, the General Motors diet will help you lose ten to seventeen pounds, reset your metabolism, and get your body back on track for weight loss.
What is the GM Diet Plan?
The GM diet is a seven day plan that restricts eating processed and sugary foods and encourages exercise. Participants should exercise at least ten minutes a day for the duration of the plan while strictly following the eating guidelines.
|Fruit (raw or cooked)||Potato, Baked||Fruits||Bananas||Beef||Beef||Brown Rice|
|Water||Butter pat||Vegetables||Skim milk||Tomatoes||Vegetables||Fruits|
|NO Banana||Vegetables (raw or cooked)||NO Banana||GM Diet Soup||GM Diet Soup||Water||Vegetables|
|Watermelon||Leaf Lettuce||Day 1 and 2 foods||Onion||Lean Ground Beef||Corn||Pineapple|
|Cantaloupe||Cabbage||Broccoli||Green Pepper||Beef Roast||Green Beans||Peaches|
|Muskmelon||Spinach||Romaine Lettuce||Tomatoes||Braised Beef tips||Kale||Pears|
|Papaya||Celery||Asparagus||Cabbage||Tomatoes||Red Cabbage||Baby Lettuce|
|Kiwi||Carrots||Green Pepper||Celery||Cherry Tomatoes||Bean Sprouts||Raisins|
|Mango||Cauliflower||Yellow Tomato||Cucumbers||White Asparagus||Lemon|
|Strawberry||Beets||Blueberry||Soy beans||Red potato||Lime|
|Orange||Cherry Tomato||Raspberry||Lentils||Peas||Collard Greens|
On all days, consumption of water is encouraged to stay hydrated. Those following the GM diet plan should try to drink at least ten glasses of water a day.
What Can I Drink?
Water is highly encouraged on the GM diet plan. Participants should drink at least ten glasses a day, fifteen on day five. For a bit of variety, participants can add lime, lemon, or cucumber to their water. Tea and coffee may be consumed without sweeteners and cream or cream substitutes. Fruit juices may only be consumed on certain days.
What about alcohol?
Alcohol is forbidden during the first week of the GM diet. Any subsequent weeks spent following the diet allows two alcoholic beverages a week. While hard alcohol is not allowed, beer, wine, and champagne are allowed after the initial week.
What Can I Use When Cooking?
Oil can be used in moderation. It’s recommended to restrict yourself to one teaspoon of oil a day. Herbs and spices are unlimited. Add them to whatever you like. For dressing, malt, white, and cider vinegar or vinaigrette are allowed as well as lemon and lime.
Can Vegetarians and Vegans Use This Plan?
Absolutely! The GM diet can be altered for vegetarians and vegans to lose weight and feel great. Simply replace the servings of beef with beans and lentils or more brown rice. Soy milk may be used instead of skim. On day seven, vegetarians can consume two cups of brown rice.
How Often Should the GM Diet be Repeated?
There is not a set schedule of when to repeat the GM diet. For those who achieve their goal weight and maintain it with healthy eating, repeating the diet once a season or twice a year may be sufficient to cleanse the body and reset healthy eating habits. For those who use the GM diet to jumpstart significant weight loss, repeating the diet once a month can be beneficial for eating habits and shedding pounds. Determine your weight loss goals and after the first week, decide what schedule would benefit you most.
How Can I Succeed?
The best way to stay motivated is to diet with a friend. Get a weight loss buddy to work through the seven days with you. Not only will this keep you accountable but it will encourage and motivate you to finish the full seven days.
What are the Benefits of the GM Diet?
The General Motors diet allows participants to go through a natural cleanse by focusing on fresh produce. Processed foods, sugars, and oils are purged from your body during the seven days and this allows the body to recalibrate itself for weight loss and reduce unhealthy food cravings. While the menu is highly restricted, the simplicity of the rules for each day make following the diet simple for participants.
The GM diet also helps participants lose weight fast. While it is not intended for long term use, losing ten to seventeen pounds in a single week can help dieters gain the motivation to continue their long term weight loss goals. After completion of the diet, participants should crave sweets and processed food less and naturally gravitate to fresh fruits and vegetables for sustenance.
What are the Health Risks?
Like other detoxifying diets, the GM diet plan may result in lightheadedness, spells of dizziness, and pangs of hunger in the early days. As with all diets, those who are pregnant or suffer from health problems should avoid this program. All others should consult their doctor to see if this plan is right for them.
The GM diet is a highly restrictive seven day plan that leads to amazing results. Even those not looking to lose weight can benefit from the cleansing nature of the seven day diet. By cutting out processed foods and sugars, the body can re-acclimate to the healthy foods it should be eating. For quick weight loss or just a new perspective on eating, try the GM diet. See an overview of the General Motors weight loss diet program here.