Have you ever heard of the GM diet plan? The proponents of this diet plan claim that it is possible to lose 15 pounds in one week while detoxifying the body, improving digestion, and boosting the energy levels and mood all at the same time. They claim that all of these things can be easily accomplished by eating different food groups each day for a total of 7 days.
The question is, can all those benefits be reaped by following a diet with such simple rules? In the following article, I will try to provide the best overview of this diet.
What Is the GM Diet Plan?
Some people say the GM stands for General Motors’ diet, a diet that was developed by this company in 1985, to help its employees lose weight and be more efficient at work.
Foods Allowed on the Diet
This diet follows a 7-day meal plan where the participants eat different food groups or combinations of them each day. On one day, they only eat fruits, and on the other day, they eat a mixture of fruits, vegetables, and brown rice. Foods allowed in this diet are fruits, vegetables, brown rice, meat, and dairy.
Additionally, the people following this meal plan also consume the GM soup or the “wonder soup” as they refer it. This soup is a low-calorie vegetable soup that is made of cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, celery, and pepper. It is recommended to consume 2 to 3 bowls of this low-calorie goodness throughout the day to fight food cravings.
Below, I will provide a full summary of the GM diet together with an example of a meal plan.
7-Day GM Diet Meal Plan
Day 1 – Fruits
On the first day, you eat only fruits (except for bananas). The emphasis should be put on citrus fruits and melons without a limitation on how much you can eat on this day.
Breakfast – A bowl of mixed berries
Snack – 1 Orange
Lunch – Watermelon slices
Snack – Oven-roasted apple
Dinner – Cantaloupe and pineapple slices
Day 2 – Vegetables
For day 2, there is a limit on vegetable intake. For example, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other starchy vegetables are allowed but only for breakfast. For the green vegetables, it’s the same as day 1, there is no limit for the veggies that you can eat. Also, you can choose to consume them fresh or cooked, as you wish. Vegetables that are allowed on the GM diet are bell peppers, onions, spinach, cherry tomatoes, sprouts, kale, cucumbers, and mushrooms, just to name a few.
Breakfast -Roasted veggies (sweet potato, onion, and bell pepper)
Snack – 1 cup of cabbage soup
Lunch – Broccoli “steaks”
Dinner – Lettuce and steamed asparagus
Day 3 – Fruits and Vegetables
On the third day, you can make combinations of the first two days (except banana and potatoes).
Breakfast – Avocado slices with strawberries and mango
Snack – 1 grapefruit
Lunch – Mixed greens, mandarin oranges, and apples
Dinner – Asparagus, cucumber slices, tomatoes, and grapes
Day 4 – Bananas and Milk
This day should be your most challenging day. On this day, your meals should consist of bananas and milk (vegans can use unsweetened soy milk). Consumers have to be sure to restrict the intake to six bananas and three glasses of milk.
Breakfast – Smoothies prepared with 2 bananas and 1 glass of milk
Snack – Bowl of the GM soup (wonder soup) and banana
Lunch – Banana with 1 glass of milk
Dinner – Smoothie ( 2 bananas and a glass of milk)
Day 5 – Meat
The food intake on the fifth day should consist of 20 ounces of beef, chicken, of fish, divided between two meals. For added fiber in the meal plan, you can also add six cherry tomatoes. Vegans can substitute tofu and brown rice in place of meat.
On this day it is also recommended to increase your water intake by 2 glasses to help your body flush the uric acid, a metabolic by-product that comes as a result of the breakdown of purines, compounds found in meat.
Breakfast – Two tomatoes
Snack – Wonder soup with two tomatoes
Lunch – 10 oz. grilled chicken breast and tomato slices
Dinner – 10 oz. pan-seared salmon topped and tomato slices
Day 6 – Vegetables and Meat
On this day, you can consume 20 ounces of meat while the veggies are unlimited, except for potatoes and tomatoes. Again, the vegan option is tofu and brown rice.
Breakfast – Fruit salad, mangoes, and papaya
Snack – Baby carrots
Lunch – 10 oz. grilled shrimp with arugula salad
Dinner – 10 oz. baked chicken thighs with roasted vegetables
Day 7 – Brown Rice, Fruits, and Vegetables
On the last day of the GM diet, the meal plan consisted of brown rice, fruits, and vegetables. Fresh squeezed (no sugar added) fruit juices are also allowed.
Breakfast – Banana, strawberry smoothies made with 100% pomegranate fruit juice
Snack – Brown rice and boiled potato
Lunch – Mashed Avocado with diced tomatoes
Dinner – Brown rice with steamed broccoli and splash of lemon juice
It is recommended to drink 8 to 12 glasses of water to keep your body hydrated, aid digestion, and help bowel movement. Drinks like black coffee and tea, including green tea, are permitted for consumption as long as they are not sweetened.
Foods that are not allowed in this diet plan include:
Beverages with added sugar and sweeteners and junk food
High processed carbs foods such as pasta and bread
Beans and legumes
While following the GM diet, you should avoid intense exercises, especially in the first 3 days. Light physical activities are optional.
Anyone that has completed the 7 day GM diet can repeat the cycle, but it is recommended to wait between 8 to 10 days to let your body adapt to the new food regime and low-calorie intake.