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What Is the GM Diet?

The GM diet is actually an eating and exercise plan that General Motors developed in order to try to maintain a healthy and productive workforce. Developed in 1985 by General Motors, the FDA and the US Department of Agriculture, the diet is effectively an eating and exercise plan that was designed specifically to increase productivity for the company. The idea is that a healthy workforce will work harder, and for longer.

Does that mean it’s the perfect diet for you, or that it’s even effective? If you’re looking to lose weight, you might be thinking about this diet, so let’s have a look at what it is and how it’s meant to work.

GM Diet Reviews & Results?

However cynical you might be about the genesis of the diet, it is hard to criticize its efficiency. Studies of dieters on the plan suggest weight loss of 5-8 kilos in a week are not uncommon. On the plan, GM workers reported increased energy and confidence. Their productivity did increase, just as the company had planned, and the diet, in general, has been accepted as a success.

One of the primary factors for the success of the diet is that it is simple. Food preparation is easy, and the is no need for sophisticated Calorie Counters or Points programs. Neither will the plan cause too much disruption to your routine. This element alone makes it worth considering.

The GM Diet  Plan: 7 Days to Lose Weight

The principles behind the eating plan are simple. Concentrate on eating plenty of fruit, vegetables, chicken and brown rice, and increase the amount of water you drink. Doesn’t sound that hard, does it? Caution: use Doctor or a dietitian’s advice before starting on any diet plan.

Here’s a day by day eating schedule, then we will talk about why it works.

GM Diet Day 1

Diet

Fibre rich foods that are low in fat will make you feel full, and the high water intake helps flush built-up toxins from your body in preparation for the succeeding six days. Remember it is not necessary to starve yourself. If you feel hungry, eat something from the list below.

Foods to eat:

  • All fruits, except bananas;
  • Watermelon and Rockmelon are recommended;
  • 8 to 12 glasses of water

Avoid these foods:

  • Vegetables;
  • Bananas;
  • Protein – Avoid meat, fish, eggs, lentils, mushrooms and beans;
  • Fats & Oils;
  • Carbs – Avoid carbs including brown rice;
  • Dairy;
  • Drinks – Avoid drinking anything other than water;

Exercise

With the diet restricted to fruit and water, intense exercise isn’t necessary. Just run through the following list either early in the morning, or after work.

  • Arm rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Wrist rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Neck circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Ankle circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Leg circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Waist circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Jog in Place- 5-10 minutes total
  • Stretching (Yoga)

Physical Results

While eating just fruit all day may be a little dull, you should finish day 1 with plenty of energy.

GM Diet Day 2

Diet

Day one of the diet is low carb, and that is corrected on day two. In addition, the vegetables are nutrient rich, which should provide plenty of energy for day three of the program.

Foods to eat:

  • A large boiled potato;
  • Raw or cooked vegetables, without oil;
  • 8 to 12 glasses of water

Foods to Avoid :

  • Fruits;
  • Protein;
  • Fats & Oils – no fried vegetables, olive oil, and butter can be used to add flavor if necessary, but to be used sparingly;
  • Carbs – including brown rice;
  • Dairy;
  • Drinks – stick with just water;

Exercise

Once again, exercise early in the day, or after work. The routine becomes a little more vigorous on day two and implements some Yoga exercises.

  • Kapalbhati – 10-50 times with breaks in between as needed
  • Baddhakonasana – 2 sets of 20 repetitions
  • Adho Mukha Shvanasana – 2-3 minutes in total
  • Jump Rope – 2 sets of 50 repetitions
  • Arm rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Wrist circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Shoulder circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Neck circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Facial exercises

Physical Results:

Be prepared to feel a little tired toward the end of day two, as this is normal for the diet due to the low-calorie intake and the lack of carbs.

GM Diet Day 3

Diet

Day three combines fruit and vegetables, which provides a mix of fiber, protein, and nutrients while breaking the monotony you will have experienced during the first two days of the plan.

Foods to eat:

  • All fruit, except bananas;
  • Raw or cooked vegetables, without oil;
  • 8 to 12 glasses of water

Foods to Avoid:

  • Vegetables – Avoid potatoes.
  • Fruits – Avoid bananas.
  • Protein;
  • Fats & Oils;
  • Carbs;
  • Dairy;
  • Beverages – still just water

Exercise

The mixed, and nutrient rich diet on day three means you should be able to mix up the exercise routine, with some simple warms ups leading into more strenuous yoga exercises:

• Arm rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Wrist rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Neck circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Ankle circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Leg circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

  • Bodyweight Squats – 2 sets of 5 repetitions
  • Forward Lunges – 2 sets of 5 repetitions per leg
  • Surya Namaskar
  • Facial exercises

Physical Results

The mixed diet and heightened exercise routine will leave you feeling pretty strong and energized at the end of day three. Day four, however, is hard. That’s okay, though, because it’s meant to be.

GM Diet Day 4

Diet

Bananas hit the agenda, in a big way, along with the first appearance of dairy, but otherwise, the options are thin. Day 4 takes a fair bit of mental strength. The bananas will provide an energy boost, however, and help your digestion. The potassium in the bananas and the milk will also aid mental alertness.

Foods to eat:

  • 8 to 10 bananas;
  • 4 glasses of milk;
  • 8 to 12 glasses of water

Avoid these foods:

  • Vegetables;
  • Fruits – Avoid everything except banana;
  • Protein;
  • Fats & Oils;
  • Carbs;
  • Dairy –yogurt, cheese, and ice cream
  • Beverages – stick with milk and water today

Exercise

The bananas are reasonably high in calories, so exercises on day 4 increase in intensity again to ensure that energy doesn’t just end up being stored as body fat. The warm up is simple, but the closing exercises are the hardest yet.

• Arm rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Wrist rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

  • Shoulder circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Neck circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Ankle circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Leg circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Jog in Place – 7-10 minutes
  • Squats – 2 sets of 5 repetitions
  • Pilates – 15-20 seconds
  • Elbow to Knee crunches – 2 sets of 5 repetitions
  • Facial exercises

Physical Results

The monotony will be hard, and it is possible you will notice more mood swings. Keep focused on the overall goal of losing weight and push through the downswing.

GM Diet Day 5

Diet

The day five diet provides carbs, fiber, and protein, and opens up the dietary options. If you are not a vegetarian, you can substitute the brown rice for a lean protein such as chicken or fish (which has the added benefit of Omega-3).

Foods to Eat:

  • 6 large tomatoes;
  • A cup of brown rice (substitute for chicken or fish);
  • 12 to 15 glasses of water

Avoid these foods:

  • Vegetables – particularly potato and sweet potato.
  • Fruits – Avoid eating all fruits except tomato.
  • Protein – you can substitute in chicken or fish, but avoid all other proteins;
  • Fats & Oils;
  • Carbs – Avoid all carb-rich foods, except brown rice.
  • Dairy
  • Beverages – increase your water intake, and avoid everything else;

Exercise:

Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle. There is little protein available on day 5 (unless you have brought it in to take out the brown rice), so the recommended exercises are slightly less intense than the previous day.

• Arm rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Wrist rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Shoulder circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Neck circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Jump Rope – 1 set of 50 repetitions

• Squats – 1 sets of 10 repetitions

 

  • Kapalbhati – 50-100 times with breaks as needed
  • Adho Mukha Shvanasana – 2-3 minutes
  • Surya Namaskar
  • Facial exercises

Physical Results:

The diet will provide a little more energy, and at the end of day 5 you will be feeling strong and energized. In terms of weight loss, the last two days of the program produce a lot of the heavy lifting, so to speak.

GM Diet Day 6

Diet

Because there is no volume limit on Day 6, it will feel like a bit of a feast compared to the previous days. Once again you can substitute chicken or fish for the rice, and the weight loss you should see today will be noticeable. That should give your flagging motivation a bit of a lift.

Foods to eat:

  • One cup of brown rice;
  • Raw or cooked vegetables (without oil);
  • 8 to 12 cups of water

Avoid these foods:

  • Vegetables – Sweet potato and potato
  • Fruits – All fruits especially cherries, bananas and mangoes
  • Protein – Beef, turkey, pork
  • Fats & Oils – Margarine, butter, lard
  • Carbs – bread, processed foods, rice
  • Dairy – full-fat dairy such as ice cream, yogurt, milk, cheese
  • Beverages – avoid anything other than water

Exercises

The mixed diet will provide for a little more energy and the recommended exercise routine reflects that.

  • Arms rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Wrist rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Shoulder rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Neck circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise
  • Jogging
  • Stairmaster or Vertical Stairs Running
  • Sit-ups – 2 sets of 5 repetitions
  • Air Cycling – 2 sets of 10 repetitions
  • Pushups – 2 sets of 5 repetitions
  • Breathing exercises
  • Facial exercise

Physical Results

You should be able to notice the weight loss today. You will feel slimmer and lighter, and the exercise routine will feel slightly easier.

GM Diet Day 7

Diet

The last day of the program is here, and you get to celebrate with an influx of natural sugars in the fruit juice (make sure you are drinking sugar-free juices).

Foods to eat:

  • One cup of brown rice;
  • Any vegetable;
  • No Added Sugar Fruit Juice

Avoid these foods:

  • Vegetables – Potato and sweet potato.
  • Fruits – Banana, pear, mango and cherry
  • Protein – Avoid turkey, chicken, beef, pork, lentils, fish
  • Fats & Oils;
  • Carbs – White bread, white rice, processed foods
  • Dairy
  • Beverages – any packaged juices and sweetened drinks

Exercise

The exercise routine will be feeling far easier today and will be on its way to becoming part of your daily routine.

• Arms rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Wrist rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Shoulder rotations – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

• Neck circles – 1 set of 10 repetitions clockwise and 1 set of 10 repetitions counterclockwise

  • Surya Namaskar
  • Crunches – 1 set of 10 repetitions
  • Air cycling – 2 sets of 10 repetitions
  • Elbow to Knee Crunches – 2 sets of 10 repetitions per side
  • Bodyweight Squats – 2 sets of 5 repetitions
  • Facial exercise

Physical Results:

You are going to feel pretty good at the end of day 7, and your weight loss will be noticeable, so you may feel inclined to celebrate with a massive slab of cheesecake. That is not in your best interests. Stay the course, and push on with the exercise program.

What Happens When Diet is Finished: Continuation of the Plan

It is not recommended to run with the 7-day eating plan continually, and in fact doing so is likely to result in some health side effects. The GM Diet is a shock and awe approach, and the best way to make the most out of it is to continue with the exercise but to adopt the eating program in alternate weeks.

Does GM Diet  Work: The Science Behind the Plan

The choice of foods included in the GM diet are sound and are selected for specific reasons. The fruits provide energy, fiber, and aid digestion. The vegetables are packed with nutrients to ensure your body can keep operating throughout the week. Carbs from the rice and protein from the chicken or fish will assist with muscle repair.

Because the diet doesn’t apply limits to the amount you can eat, but rather restricts what you can eat, you should be able to avoid feeling hungry while on the eating plan, which should lead to the avoidance of snacking.

There are a number of positives to the GM Diet, and the science behind it is strong. The short time frame involved should make it easy to remain committed, and the history of the plan suggests that the results will be visible quickly.

All in all, it is hard to criticize a diet that offers such quick results, and has such a long history of success, especially when there is a sound basis of science behind it.

GM Diet  Soup Recipe

The GM diet soup also called as gm wonder soup is very simple to make

Ingredients:

  1. 6- Large sized Onions
  2. 3- Tomatoes
  3. 2- Green pepper
  4. 1/2 a Liter of Water
  5. 1-Bunch of Celery
  6. 1- Cabbage
  7. Olive Oil

How to Make Wonder Soup:

  1. First Take up Green pepper and onions cut it fine and then lightly saute it until they turn brown by adding olive oil.
  2. Now Take up cabbage, celery, and tomatoes and chop them up. Take a Large pot of water and add everything to it
  3. Slow Cook this mixture for 60 minutes by bringing it to boil until everything is tender. For seasoning, you can add pepper, spices, salt and dried herbs as per your taste

 

GM Diet  Side Effects

  1. Gm Diet can lead to muscle weakness, muscle loss, dull skin and hair loss in normal people. This is because it allows only foods high in fiber and low in protein
  2. GM diet can also lead to metabolic slowdown when you start resuming normal diet
  3. GM Diet should not be followed by people who are suffering from diabetics
  4. GM diet should not be followed by pregnant women and children.

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Patricia Noelle Ramos

Patricia is a bodybuilding competitor and certified personal trainer. Over the years, Patricia has helped clients achieve remarkable transformations through one-on-one personal training and online coaching. These include weight loss, fat loss, muscle gain, and overall health and fitness. Her long-term goals include promoting a sustainably fit lifestyle through flexible dieting principles, and educating people on proper training based on the individual’s biomechanics.