The GM Diet known as the General Motors Diet is a fad diet for quick weight loss program that involves consumption of specific foods per day. The diet itself is very simple. It is a seven day program with very strict restrictions on what can be eaten on each day. This program is designed for a target weight loss of 5-6 Kg per week, while this is an ideal number an average person can look at losing 2-3 kg in a week from this diet. At the same time however, this diet plan may prove to be overwhelming to first time users, as it involves radical change of diet intake that consists mainly of raw fruits and vegetables and reduced limited protein intake.
Here is the day-wise menu for the seven day GM diet plan:
Day One – You are allowed to eat all the fresh fruit you want, with the exception of bananas, which are not allowed. Do not substitute fresh fruit for fruit juice, you are required to eat the whole fruit. Fruits like watermelon are usually recommended in summer and oranges in winter.
Day Two – This is a raw vegetable day. With breakfast as the only exception where you can start the day with a large baked potato with one table spoon of butter. After that, you have to eat any raw or slightly steam it vegetables, but no added salt or sauces. Fruits are strictly not allowed on Day Two.
Day Three – Here you combine day one and day two diet minus bananas or potatoes. You are allowed to eat a mixture of fruit and vegetables of your choice, in any quantity all through the day.
Day Four – you will have bananas and milk. You can eat up to eight bananas and three glasses of milk. For lunch and dinner you add a bowl of soup each. A special soup made from tomatoes, cabbage onions, green peppers, celery and water is advised. This can be consumed in any desired quantity from day 4 onwards.
Day Five – First day of adding protein in the form of beef to the diet. You can have a total of 20 ounces of lean beef, and six whole tomatoes in addition to any vegetable soup.
Day Six – Second last day of the diet you add other vegetables to the beef. For non-beef eaters there is a vegetarian version of the GM diet. The only vegetable to be avoided is potato and only the lean cuts of the meat are to be eaten.
Day Seven – The last day of the diet you can include brown rice, fruit juices and vegetables. The portion of the brown cup is limited to one cup for the entire day. But you can eat as many vegetables or drink as much fruit juice during this day.
GM is popularly known as a fad/crash diet where most of the vegetables & fruits recommended have high water content. So essentially you are not consuming too many calories through the day. Infact this diet pattern can drastically cut the daily calorie intake to, in most cases, more than half of actual dietary recommendations that might result in sudden muscle weakness, dehydration, headaches, general feeling of low energy & “out of it”. This diet pattern is extreme, requires determination & getting use to it. The biggest draw back off this diet is that the minute you get off the diet you pack the weight back & in most cases more than what you had lost. Lastly one is required to stick to the diet plan completely to see results.
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