The GM Diet Plan is currently one of the world’s popular low-carb diets. It is claimed to help you lose weight quickly, up to 15 pounds (7 kgs) in a single week. The General Motors Diet is also free.
You don’t have to purchase any diet books, expensive foods or supplements in order to follow the 7 days diet plan.
But does the GM Motors diet actually work? In this guide, we shall find out everything about the diet plan in depth.
What is GM Diet?
Coming to the history of the General Motors Diet, it is a 7 day weight loss program developed by the GM Motors Corp to help keep their employees fit and healthy. It was developed by the GM Motors in collaboration with the FDA and US Department of Agriculture. They’ve even tested it at the Johns Hopkins Research Center in 1985 before giving it a final approval.
Ever since the employees started getting benefited from the positive effects of the diet, it became very popular throughout the world with different names – ‘the gm diet’, ‘the cabbage soup diet’, and ‘the sacred heart diet’.
The diet plan works on the principle that the foods you eat will burn more calories than they provide for your body. This causes a negative caloric effect in the body and thus help in losing weight naturally without any exercise. Several people have reported weight loss between 10 to 17 pounds per week by following this plan.
Overview of the 7 Day Diet Plan
Include Organic Fruits & Vegetables in the 7 Day Diet Plan for Best Weight Loss Results
It is a seven-day eating plan where people will be consuming suggested food groups on each day. By following the diet for a week, you’ll not only lose weight, but also put your body through a detoxification process (getting rid of toxins/impurities/wastes from your body).
Most of the foods suggested on this diet contain water and when you consume enough water per day in addition to these foods, your body will enter the detoxification mode and initiate rapid fat loss.
People who’ve successfully completed the General Motors diet will no longer find the fast foods appealing, which is a good sign. This is because their body gets used to eating healthy and that motivates them to stay on a healthy lifestyle forever.
Fortunately, unlike the other diets, this diet is not too restrictive. There are several modified versions of the GM diet, which include – Vegetarian and Indian version.
How Does the GM Diet Work?
The GM Motors diet is actually followed over a 7 day period. For the first 3 days, you’ll be eating low calorie foods such as fruits and vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Total calorie intake during these 3 days period would be roughly 1000 to 1200 calories per day.
From the 4th day till 7th, you’ll be eating some protein rich foods along with some carbs in the form of brown rice, bananas, milk etc…
The proponents of this diet claim that you can repeat this diet multiple times with a gap of 5 days until you reach your target weight.
Bottom Line: Most of the weight is lost during the first 3 days and you’ll see a little less weight loss on the remaining days. Overall, people who follow the diet strictly would see a loss of 10 to 17 pounds, depending on several factors like age and metabolism.
Is the GM Diet Plan Effective to Lose Weight?
Over the past few years, the General Motors diet chart has become very popular among the people who’re desperately trying to lose weight naturally. However, there are still a few people who question the effectiveness of this diet program.
According to a recent study, the General Motors 7 day diet chart proves to be effective in getting rid of those excess pounds at a much faster rate, i.e. at least 10 pounds (4 Kilos) a week. Whereas, the normal weight loss diets will only help you to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week, which makes the GM diet plan more powerful than the other fad diets.
All this diet includes is raw fruits, raw/boiled vegetables and reduced intake of meat in those 7 days of the diet.
In order to increase the effectiveness of the 1 week diet, the experts suggest that you should supplement your diet with a regular exercise routine which just takes 10 minutes of your daily routine. This is because if you work out for at least 10 minutes every day, then your body’s metabolism would be improved, thus letting you shed more weight in the same 7 day span.
However, it is only advised to practice low-intensity workouts like the Yoga and lightweight exercises, because you’ll be having less strength (due to low carbs) to perform such strenuous activities while on the low carb diet.
How to Start the GM Diet Program? (Guide)
Starting a diet to lose weight is not an easy task. You should be well prepared beforehand by getting all ingredients correct i.e., pack your refrigerator with all the suggested foods on this diet the day before starting the diet. This will help you stay focused on the diet. Also, throw away any remaining junk foods kept in the house. Consuming such unhealthy foods will spoil your diet.
Just the night before starting the diet, have a wholesome dinner as you’ll have enough strength to start the gm motors diet without any hunger pangs. This one tip has helped many people complete the diet successfully without dropping in the middle.
GM Diet Plan Sample Menu for 7 Days
This is the sample day-by-day meal chart for the whole week. You should aim to drink at least 8 to 12 glasses of water every day for best results. Cabbage soup aka wonder soup can be had on all days or whenever you feel hungry. But, limit the intake of the soup to just 2 or 3 bowls and not more than that.
Note: This is just an overview of the 7 day meal plan. Detailed day wise meal plans are provided in their respective pages. Click on the respective day # below for full day menu.
You can eat all varieties of fruits, except bananas on the first day. There is no limit on the quantity of fruits you can consume today. For better weight loss results on the GM Motors diet, it is recommended that you eat lots of melon today. It would give a huge boost to your goal.
Today, you can have all varieties of vegetables (no fruits) in either raw or cooked form. No restriction on the quantity. But, the potato should be limited to breakfast. It provides your body with enough carbohydrates (energy) for the whole day. On the other hand, you get all the essential nutrients and fiber from the vegetables. Fortunately, they’re all low in calories. So, eat to your heart’s content.
Today is a blend of day 1 and 2. You can eat both fruits and veggies on this day, except bananas and potatoes. Since you’re already getting carbs from fruits, you can avoid potatoes. By this day, your body is all prepared to start burning the extra pounds that were accumulated all these years through eating junk foods.
On the fourth day of the diet, you can eat bananas and milk. The restriction actually starts from this day onward. You’re allowed to eat up to 8 small or 6 large bananas and 3 glasses (250 ml each) of milk (skim milk preferred) on this day. While the bananas are rich in Potassium and sodium, you get calcium from the milk.
Today is a big deal for the non-vegetarian diet followers as they can have beef/chicken/fish along with tomatoes. You’re allowed to eat 6 whole tomatoes and two 10 oz portions of meat. There is no alternative for the tomatoes and all of them have to be eaten. You get fiber from tomatoes, which help in digestion. Fortunately, you don’t have to eat all the beef. Just go with your choice. The meat will provide iron and protein.
If you’re a vegetarian dieter, you can replace the meat with cottage cheese or brown rice, and 6 tomatoes.
P.S: If you don’t like the tomatoes raw, prepare the tomato soup aka power soup with 6 tomatoes and have it instead.
Since, you’re getting extra protein on this day, it is suggested to increase your water intake by 2 glasses i.e., 10 to 12 glasses a day. Water helps your body cleanse itself of the uric acid.
Beef and Vegetables. You can skip tomatoes on this day. Two 10 oz portions of meat (chicken/beef/fish) and unlimited quantities of veggies (no potatoes).
Vegetarian GM diet followers can replace meat with cottage cheese (Indian paneer) and vegetables.
By this day, you would feel a lot of difference in your appearance and body weight. You also get to enjoy this diet more.
On the last day of the GM diet plan, you can eat brown rice, fruit juice and unlimited quantity of vegetables. I prefer preparing the brown rice pulao with sprouts & tomatoes on this day, as it is both delicious and nutritious.
After following the seven days diet successfully, you’ll notice that your weight is reduced by a minimum of 10 pounds when compared to the day before starting the diet. Your body has completely cleansed and flushed out all the impurities, thereby making you lighter than before.
Bottom Line: The first 3 days of the General Motors diet have no restriction on the quantity. However, you’re not allowed to eat more than the suggested quantity on the remaining days.
Additional Foods Permitted
There are a few substitutions allowed on the 7 days diet plan, but the alternative foods must contain the similar number of calories and nutrients.
For example, you can swap regular milk for soy milk, figs for bananas, beef for chicken or fish, beef for cottage cheese etc…Unfortunately, there is no better alternative to tomatoes. It is a must on this diet.
Along with the suggested foods, you can have the Green tea (without sugar or sweetener) (or) Black Coffee (w/o sugar) (or) Sprouts (in limited quantities) (or) Nuts (handful). Choose either 1 of these additional foods per day to stay under the calorie limits.
Avoid These Foods
Water is the only recommended beverage on this diet plan. Avoid alcoholic drinks and diet sodas. They contain nothing but empty calories. Black tea, Black Coffee, Green Tea, Club Soda is allowed but in moderation.
Stay away from beans (kidney, lima, pinto etc..) as they’re high in calorie content.
All junk foods, white rice, flour, pastas, sugar etc…are not allowed.
Note: Even though, you’ve lost weight by following the GM diet, it may increase again after you’ve shifted to your regular unhealthy eating habits. So, it is advised to follow a low carb high protein diet in order to maintain a healthy weight.
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