Maybe you’re wondering if the GM diet is for you. Or maybe you want to know which is the best general motors diet, the vegetarian or meat eating version. Maybe you’re just curious…keep reading for some extra news and info.
More about the GM diet
Supposedly developed by the General Motors corporation to be used by workers [although the modern heads of GM deny this] it’s a short term diet designed to help with maximum weight loss results in a minimum time.
There’s a few hard and fast rules you have to hold to- the most important being the no alcohol rule. There are some people who try to argue that a glass or two of white wine or champagne, or a single beer a day, will not cause issues, but it’s just not part of the original plan and it will hamper your results. Remember that alcohol is basically empty calories and have no place in an attempt to maximize your weight loss gains. You will need to focus on maximum hydration during the period of the diet, too, with clean healthy water. This means no teas or coffee, although a limited amount of green tea is allowable, so if you really don’t like water try flavoring with some fresh lemon juice.
The GM diet is best known for its so-called wonder soup. This is the only gimmick on the diet, which otherwise revolves around eating food from certain healthy food groups daily. Even then, it’s not some product you have to buy over the counter, but a simple homemade item incorporating onions, cabbage, peppers, tomato and celery with herbs and spices to taste. You can eat that throughout the 7 days of the program, regardless of the dietary restrictions for the rest of the day.
The first day you’re restricted to fruit- any fruit, except bananas. They recommend melons, however. The second day takes you to raw and cooked vegetables, starting the day with a baked potato with a pat of butter. The third day is a combination of both- still avoiding bananas- while day 4 moves on to a day of just bananas- 4 medium or 6 small- and milk. If that sounds bad to you, think banana milkshakes! The fifth day is beef and tomatoes with extra water, the sixth beef and veggies and the last day rounds out with brown rice, veggies and fresh fruit juice.
Pros and Cons of the GM diet.
This diet is easy, free to follow and the food is healthy and cheap. There’s no complicated instructions, and on most of the days you eat ’til you’re full. The lack of exercise on the program can be a worry, although during periods of sever dietary restriction you shouldn’t exercise strenuously anyway and you’re better advised to do something simple like walking or Yoga. Of course, any diet that restricts your nutrition should only be used sparingly and for short periods, otherwise you will cause malnutrition. Likewise, the only strategy for long term weight loss is a dietary change that’s healthy.