The supposed “origin” of the GM Diet may just be an urban legend. Supposedly, General Motors founded a health and diet program for its employees. The plan was approved by the board of directors of the GM Corporation and the annual meeting on August 15 of that year. Testing was undertaken at the John Hopkins Research Center, and the plan was developed with the support and knowledge of the FDA.
This diet was developed to be a 7-day weight loss plan, with the goal of helping each participant lose 10 to 17 pounds per week. Developers were also hopeful that the diet would bring additional benefits to employees, such as a cleansing effect on the digestive system and improved emotions.
Whether or not any of this is really true does not change the fact that the GM Diet has grown to be a popular weight loss program across the globe.
What is the GM Diet Plan?
The idea behind the plan is to consume specific foods per day. If you want to give it a try, you should prepare yourself by staying hydrated. Download our GM Diet PDF Chart to help you stay on track.
Here is a day-by-day overview of what you should be eating:
- Day 1
The first day is “all fruits” day, sans bananas. The recommended fruits are cantaloupe, apple, raw papaya, kiwi, and watermelon. This is going to be a difficult day – especially if you are a meat eater. Be sure to drink one or two glasses of water with each fruit you consume.
- Day 2
Now it’s time for vegetables; eat as many as you like. You might want to start the day out with a boiled potato for carbs. Avoid using cooking oil. Eating plenty of vegetables throughout the day will give you plenty of fiber and help regulate the sugar content from the fruit you consumed the day prior.
- Day 3
The third day is a mix of fruits AND veggies, sans bananas and potatoes (you will be getting the carbs from the fruits). Eat all of the other fruits and veggies you want. For breakfast, either a watermelon or apple is recommended (but not both). At this point, the system should now be prepared to burning excess fat. You may experience cravings.
- Day 4
Hopefully, the cravings are beginning to diminish. On day 4, you can finally eat bananas if you want, in order to make up for the potassium you’ve missed out on the first three days. Start the day off with a banana and glass of milk for breakfast; it’s okay to blend the two together. Eat some vegetable soup (tomato and cabbage) for lunch and dinner, with a couple of glasses of water. Have a banana or two in between meals.
- Day 5
Today is “feast” day. You can eat up to six tomatoes, one or two cups of rice, and some meat – beef or chicken – your choice. If you’re a vegetarian, you can substitute the meat with more rice (brown) or tofu. Don’t eat one large serving of meat; eat small amounts throughout the day. Be sure to drink 10 – 12 glasses of water to flush out excess uric acid.
- Day 6
If the GM diet is going well, you should begin to notice weight loss on the sixth day. This is another “all vegetables” day, and you can eat all the veggies you want to your heart’s content. It’s okay to eat a bit of meat as well. An example dinner would be either a chicken breast or beef patty with a bowl of vegetable soup.
- Day 7
On the last day of the diet plan, your cravings should be under control. Enjoy some fruit juice, vegetables, and rice. You may also celebrate your success with a glass of champagne or white wine.
Additional Information About the GM Diet
Don’t expect a miracle; you’re not going to lose any more than 9 or 10 pounds in a single week. What it does is help you get over your cravings, and to improve your eating habits. It promotes self-control. It’s not recommended to do this diet for more than one-week at a time. Since your eating habits will improve, you will start making better decisions in the long run.
Keep in mind that exercise is important as well. You’re probably not going to have a lot of energy for intense cardio during the first few days, so stick with some light exercises, such as stretching and walking.
This is just an overview to help you get started. If you haven’t already done so, download our GM Diet PDF chart for more details.