If you read my last post about my Goals for 2018, then you were expecting this post any day. One of my main goals for 2018, as preparation for the wedding and to ultimately control my migraine triggers and health, is to begin each month (at least up to June) by performing this GM Diet. I will then be eating 80/20 Keto those remaining weeks.
“What is the GM Diet?” you may be asking. Well, friend, I am one of those people who absolutely abhors the word “diet”. No fad eating pattern is going to successfully lead you to extended weight loss. Only with changing your eating habits and exercising will you see those long-term results. So whenever I decide to throw the GM Diet into my life, I think of it as a cleanse. This is a starting place which re-regulates my metabolism and reminds my body (and mind) of my goals. So I always follow this 7-day diet plan with healthier eating habits and focused workout plans. This is how I’ve seen so much success in my past — there’s something to be said about losing over 50 pounds since college!
However, the holidays set me a bit behind on where I want to be, and I’ve found myself getting migraines and indigestion more lately. The symptoms remind me of those lousy college days and I definitely don’t want to regress! So, with that being said, let me give you the basic breakdown of this cleanse which has been very successful for me in the past and which I’m partaking in this week.
First off, the GM Diet was developed by General Motors in order to help their employees not only lose weight but also gain energy and mind focus. Rumor has it that GM officials collaborated with the US Department of Ag and the FDA to design a wellness program that would cleanse the body of toxins while experiencing a change in emotion and attitude. There was even testing taking place at the John Hopkins Research Center — that’s how serious this company was about this diet!
The GM Diet follows these main concepts:
- lower in salt and sugar
- lower in fats
- higher in complex carbs and fiber
- reduces cholesterol levels
- decreases the risk of hypertension and diabetes
- helps lose weight efficiently
This diet relies on clean foods and calorie restriction. Better digestion, regular bowel movements, and weight loss are the typical result of any detoxification, and the GM Diet succeeds in all these areas by encouraging consumption of foods low in sugar and high in fiber. You can expect to see significant weight loss (most people measure 10-17 pounds loss in one week), glowing skin, more energy, and the elimination of toxins.
So what is the 7-day program? It involves eating only fruits and veggies the first three days. These are foods high in fiber, and low in protein, fats, and carbs. The high fiber is designed to accelerate your bowel activity and detox your body. You then gradually add in more proteins and complex carbs to begin regulating your body come Day 7.
Here is the plan:
Day 1: Fruit Day
On the first day of the program you want to focus solely on fruit intake. This is crucial as a foundation of the diet, so do not deviate whatsoever. Avoid bananas and choose fruits low in starch, sugar, potassium, and carbohydrates. Also drink at least 10 glasses of water — a must for every day of this plan!
Choosing fruits lower in sugar is best for Day 1. Aim for berries, lemon, or limes for their vitamins and antioxidants. Apples, grapefruit, melons, and peaches are also good options. Try to stay away from fairly high-sugar fruits such as kiwi, oranges, pineapple, cherries, and grapes though. Also, dried fruits are not an option either.
If you find the first day to be pretty difficult and you can’t control your cravings, snack on a clementine or — if worst comes to worse — some raisins. If you get bored drinking only water, try some fresh-squeezed orange juice or coconut water.
Also note that fruit juices and all alcohol are banned from this diet due to their sugar levels.
The main purpose of Day 1 is to cleanse your body’s digestive system and boost your metabolism to it will be easier to lose more pounds over the next few days.
In short, Day 1: Eat almost any fruit, avoid bananas, oils, and fruit juices, and drink at least 8 glass of water.
Day 2: Veggie Day
Day 2 is similar to Day 1 except your goal is to eat only vegetables. There is no limit and you can eat all varieties. For breakfast, you can even enjoy a large boiled/baked potato (or sweet potato if you prefer) in order to fill you up and energize you for the day ahead.
Eating vegetables throughout Day 2 will increase your fiber intake and help regulate your sugar content which elevated from all the fruit in Day 1. You should feel a lot better come Day 2 and even have enough energy to engage in some sort of workout.
In short, Day 2: Begin your day with a baked potato, eat all vegetables, focus on water intake, and do not add any oils when cooking.
Day 3: Fruit & Veggie Day
Day 3 is pretty simple following the last two days. On Day 3, you can eat both fruits and vegetables! Abstain from bananas and potatoes, though. Your body is now prepared to shed excess calories, but you do not want to eat a lot of starchy options.
When planning your meals, consider choosing melons or apples for breakfast to fill you up but not be overly heavy. Lunch should be a combination of both fruits and vegetables, perhaps as a salad, and you can snack all day while drinking plenty of water. Dinner can be a combination of any vegetables, but try to boil or steam them. If you must have a sweet fix before bedtime, go back to the melons or apples though.
By now you should notice a weight loss of about 2-4 pounds. Remember to drink plenty of water, not fruit juices, and enjoy the GM soup as you please.
In short, Day 3: Eat all fruits and vegetables except bananas and potatoes, and drink lots of water.
Day 4: Bananas & Milk Day
So you’ve made it to Day 4 and the good news is you can now eat bananas! The bad news is this is all you can eat today. (Seriously, Day 4 is the worst out of the entire diet. Just have to get over this hump!)
During the past three days you have cleansed your body and adjusted to a smaller Calorie-goaled diet. Your body has received all its fibers and sugars from strictly fruits and vegetables. Now, on top of bananas, you will also add milk to your meal plan in order to receive all the sodium, calcium, and potassium you were not getting at the beginning of the week.
Eat the GM soup as well to feel energized.
It’s my experience that not simply eating bananas all day and drinking a glass of milk helps. Try blending the two together to make a banana shake, or pan-fry banana slices for a bit of variety to your day’s meals.
In short, Day 4: Eat 6-8 bananas and drink 3 cups of skim milk.
When it comes to making the GM Miracle Soup, use a large stockpot and add your favorite vegetables: tomatoes, cabbage, celery, carrots, onions, peppers. You can season the soup with sea salt and pepper. Add water and cook until tender. This soup should last you the remainder of the week.
Day 5: Protein & Tomato Day
If you’re a macronut at all, you’ve noticed that the last four days have lacked protein. You may start to feel a bit of muscle weakness come Day 5, but no worries! Today you are allowed protein in the form of lean beef, chicken, turkey, or up to 6 eggs. (Beef is ideal as it contains iron as well.)
In addition to these proteins, you need to focus on eating six tomatoes throughout the day in order to receive lycopene and plenty of fiber.
It’s smart to stay with small servings throughout these next few days as large servings will wreck your appetite after several days of limited food. Consider ways to pair proteins and tomatoes to make interesting meals. Some ideas are: hamburger/turkey burger with tomato only, tomato soup with braised beef, and sauteed chicken with roasted tomatoes.
If you do choose fowl over beef, make sure you choose skinless, all-white options.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out all the uric acid being produced with all the meat consumed. You should notice a difference in how much lighter you feel and see your skin glowing.
In short, Day 5: Eat lean meat paired with 6-8 tomatoes throughout the day.
Day 6: Protein & Veggie Day
All focus is on protein and fiber today! Consider Day 6 a “feast day” as you can now have all vegetable choices alongside your protein choice.
By now, you should be noticing a considerable difference in your attitude and significant weight loss. Your appetite should be at a normal level with sugar cravings completely gone.
(Short description, but this day is pretty cut-and-dry.)
In short, Day 6: Eat lean meat paired with any vegetables throughout the day, except potatoes.
Day 7: Miracle Day
Seriously, today is referred to as “Miracle Day” because you should be seeing amazing results by now: weight loss, better sleep, glowing skin, and an improved digestive system. You should be feeling and looking great, friend!
For breakfast on Day 7, I like to substitute oatmeal for rice and mix in some berries. I typically finish off my GM Soup throughout this day, while adding some various fruits (especially melon) alongside.
In short, Day 7: Eat brown rice with fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water, and have all the fruit juices you like.
Remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water every single day of the GM Diet. You are welcome to exercise as well as it will boost your metabolism and continue to burn even more calories.
Though the GM Diet is designed for those who need to lose weight and want to see results quickly, the long-term benefit of the GM diet is to get you into the habit of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables throughout your day.
Here is to happy, healthy eating!