GM Diet (General Motors diet)
GM Diet, while some of you might be knowing about this, some may be totally unaware. Many people must be even wondering,” Wow, that sounds great! When did General Motor (An automotive giant) venture into the food industry”? Some may be frowning on the very mention of the diet (as expected)! And many must be really patient enough to read now further about it!
Diet, exercise, weight loss are some of the trending words of today’s generation.
Despite its name, GM diet is nowhere related to the General Motors as confirmed by its spokesperson.
But this is the real story when I tried out this diet in the year, yes 2009! My weight loss journey started on 24 Februar,2009. I remember the day, date and the situation, then, because this was more than DO-or-DIE situation for me. Quiet understandable for a person who has always been fat!
That time it was a craze to follow this diet which ensured a loss of 5-10 kgs in a week’s time.
Wow! Doesn’t that sound great? Did I follow it meticulously and the results? Well, after this diet plan.
The diet plan for 7 days!
Day 1:- The first day is all about “Fruits”. Yes! Only fruits and lot of fruits except bananas and high sugar fruits which include Mangoes, Strawberries, Lychee etc.
We have to understand that the diet plan is aimed to reduce weight so avoiding certain fruits could be beneficial.
Include watermelon, musk melon for their hydrating properties.
Day 2:- Having successfully consumed a variety of vitamins and minerals only through fruits on day 1, if you are committed this day will be easy for you.
Yes! Day 2 means you can consume all vegetables only! Raw or cooked vegetables can be eaten on this day. Make you platter as much colorful as possible.
Leafy greens, tomatoes, or cucumbers. Ensure that you keep hydrating throughout the day.
You can add a baked potato to it if you really crave for carbs in breakfast. Make sure to limit the potatoes though.
Day 3:- Bingo! Welcome to the day where you can consume together all the vegetables and fruits (except the potatoes, mangoes, etc). Yes! You are midway and so don’t even think of opening that fridge for that cake/chocolate!
Day 4:– If you have reached till here, then success is just a few days away! On this day you can eat 6 bananas and 6 glasses of milk. Space it at your eating hours and you will be filled throughout the day.
Day 5:– Beef (284 grams)& 6 tomatoes or Brown Rice (One cup uncooked)& 6 Tomatoes:– You can have 6 tomatoes equally spaced as 6 meals and make 3 servings of cooked brown rice. Make sure you keep drinking lots of water.
Day 6:- Beef/Chicken/Fish(284 grams) or Brown rice and vegetables:- Meat eaters can eat any combination of the specified meat while the vegetarians can take up any vegetables and brown rice.
Day 7:- Brown rice, fruits, vegetables (No potatoes) :- Yay! You are finally here. You have done a good job at cultivating a disciplined attitude for eating!
You can additionally have green tea and black coffee and yes whenever low you can always go on for the GM diet soup which can be prepared from six large onions, three medium-sized tomatoes, one cabbage,two green peppers,a bunch of celery,half a liter of water.
Whenever you have a hunger pang ensure you take a bowlful of the soup. Prepare it and refrigerate it or cook it whenever you feel hungry.
Advantages of GM diet:-
- If the soup mentioned is consumed before every meal,then you tend to eat fewer calories at the meal which follows. Facts also state that subjects eat 20% less at lunch when they take the soup before the meal.
- The GM soup also aids the weight loss.
- Consumption of fruits adds to the necessary fibrage which you don’t eat otherwise.
- Vegetables are power packed with vitamins and minerals. This diet ensures that a person consumes all the other vegetables. Especially, the ones who like only potatoes are the best fit for this diet.
- Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate with low fat.
- Chicken, Fish,beef ensure you consume good amount of protein.
- Eating bananas means you take your intake of sodium and potassium.
Many people get successful in reducing their weight and many find it hard to follow the diet itself. It also doesn’t advocate any exercise.
Writer’s and GM Dieter’s perspective:-
At that time, when the “health and fitness industry” had just started this diet was relatively new and looked very lucrative.
I felt this diet will flush out the toxins and cleanse your system.
Yes, I could overcome my plateau then. For me it was mind over matter. It meant I can keep a check on my mind and tongue. In addition to this diet, I could exercise as per my plan.
Thanks to Talwalkars Nagpur!I feel for a person who is stationery for the whole day and has no control over his tongue, this diet can be useful.
This diet if followed by the same bad food habits can lead to weight gain. You may even lose only water content as weight. Always consult a doctor/ nutritionist before starting this so called fad-diet. Yes, it is rightly a fad diet , so what if I gained results?
But the other side of this diet is quite scary. This diet plan has no research to back it up!
Though it causes calorie deficit in a way, it also makes you dehydrated, lose muscle mass, makes you feel low on energy and nutrient deprived.
Today after 8 -9 years of religiously following up on a healthy balanced diet, if I look back, I feel,” What made me take up such a quick fix”? What made me fall for this “5kgs in 7 days package”? There is indeed no such thing called a “quick fix”! It is never about weight loss. It is always about your dedication, discipline and most important your religion. That is fitness!
Note:- I had undertaken this diet under the counselling of my nutritionist.