So today I am on day 3 of the GM Diet that was produced for GM’s employees to promote health in the workplace. It is a diet/detox and is supposed to help you cleanse your system and lose about 10 pounds in 7 days. There doesn’t seem to be any health risks associated with this diet other than the normal headache and fatigue you may feel anytime you reduce your caloric intake.
At about midday of day 3, so far I have lost 3.4 pounds, I feel a bit fatigued but not much, and I do have occasional headaches when I don’t eat at the times recommended. But, other than that, I would say this is a fairly simple and easy diet as long as you are committed and are able to handle such a dramatic lifestyle and eating change.
Here’s how the diet goes:
Water: A very important part of this diet! It is highly suggested that you drink at least 10 glasses per day.
Alcohol: Refrain from during the duration you are on the diet. If you have to drink alcohol, drink a limit of 2 glasses of white wine, champagne, or beer within the week. Do not drink vodka, rum, whisky or any other hard liquors.
Exercise: From what I’ve read, up to 10 minutes of light exercise is suggested per day to get your metabolism moving and help you lose the optimum amount of weight.
Day 1: Fruits
Today you can eat as many fruits as you want with few restrictions, but no bananas. Day one was pretty easy but I definitely felt the reduction of food and meat by dinner time.
Day 2: Veggies & Baked Potato
Today you eat as many veggies as you can possibly intake and eat a baked potato with a pat of butter if you wish.You may substitute the potato for a sweet potato. You may also eat a veggie salad with olive oil or vinaigrette as a dressing. Personally, this was a hard day for me. I usually like sweet over savory so the fruit was a nice way to start. I also had a hard time finding vegetables I liked enough to eat a lot of.
Day 3: Veggies and Fruits
Today is basically day 1 and 2 combined. You can have as much fruit as you want, excluding bananas, and as much vegetables as you want, excluding potatoes. That’s where I am today and so far it isn’t bad.
Day 4: Bananas, Milk, and Soup
On day 4, you are to eat up to 8 and as many as 3 glasses of skim milk followed by a vegetable soup in the evening (see GM’s Wonder Soup). The bananas and milk may be combined for a milk shake as well as putting slices in milk as you would with cereal, but without the cereal.
Day 5: Feast Day
Day 5 consists of up to 6 tomatoes and up to 10, 2 oz. portions of lean beef (20 oz. total). Today you also have to increase your water intake. This helps to purify your whole system. If you choose not to eat beef, chicken and fish are both acceptable but in smaller quantities due to the extra fat they contain. If a vegetarian, you may eat soy beans or brown rice but again, in smaller quantities. I think I’m going to like this day!
Day 6: Beef, Vegetables, and Soup Day
On day six, you may eat an unlimited quantity of both beef and veggies, excluding potatoes, with no restrictions as well as vegetable soup for dinner. Again, chicken, fish, soy beans, and brown rice may be substituted but in smaller quantities. Looks like a good deal!
Day 7: Brown Rice, Fruit Juice, and Veggies
On the last day you eat brown rice, fruit juices (fresh squeezed recommended), and all the veggies you want. Sounds like a great way to finish up and replenish yourself.
You can repeat this diet as many times as you’d like until you get down to your weight loss goal but it is recommended to take a 2-3 day break between each week. It is also recommended that you do it twice a year to cleanse your system even after you’re at your goal weight.
GM’s Wonder Soup:
28 oz, Water, 6 Large Onions, 2 Green Peppers, Whole Tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 Head Cabbage, 1 Bunch Celery, 4 Envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Herbs and Flavoring as desired.
You can use this soup as your vegetable soup if you desire.
Hope you have success on this diet and let me know how it goes!