General Motors Diet: Real Eating Plan Or Crazy Detox?

General Motors Diet PicThe General Motors Diet is one of those diets where I read through it and thought to myself

Is this real?!

Since I began running my own weight loss web site, I’ve come across a variety of different diets all making similar claims of helping you to drop pounds in less time.

However, the GM Motors Diet or GM Motor Diet is one of the most outrageous eating plans that I’ve researched in a long time. For one day you might be eating nothing but bananas and milk while on another day you’re forced to down six raw tomatoes. I’m not necessarily saying that it won’t work, but geez, it sure seems like a lot of trouble to reach a goal that could be just as easily attainable with a less sporadic strategy.

It Began Inside The General Motors Corporation

The General Motors Diet was created to keep those employed by the General Motors Corporation healthy and in shape since individuals working on the line were prone to fatigue and endorphin imbalance due to lack of movement and repeating the same stressful action for prolonged periods of time.

As most GM employees are middle-aged and often don’t have time to exercise outside of their demanding work schedules, the idea of offering a way to stay healthy appeared to be a great idea, and it is. Many companies often have in-house gyms that are exclusive to employees that can be used after shift hours. That sounds pretty boss to me.

When I was in a previous rock band, there was a girlfriend of the bass player who mentioned that she had worked in a bread factory on the line and it really messed her up mentally. She found that she was tired all the time, would have extreme mood swings, and often found herself in a deep depression all from the simple monotony! I would hope that more corporations would encourage a little variety and improved health down the chain of command.

Promises Of The Diet

There’s no real sugar-coating this, but the creators of this diet have made promises of 10-17 pounds lost in a week due to the diet’s detoxification element. Often, describing a diet with the word “detoxify” means substantially lowering your caloric intake to dangerous levels, however this diet appears to be a safe exception along with the Fruit and Vegetable detox which I’ve outlined in another post.

But… just analyzing how much is eaten on the diet without requiring exercise alongside, their claim of losing a minimum of 10 pounds is almost absurd and flat-out dangerous.

From my own personal experience, when I began using the Eat Stop Eat diet, I saw a change of 6 pounds over a period of two weeks. I can honestly attest to this since I know that a large portion was probably water weight, but the true amount of fat I lost was somewhere around 3-4 pounds and that was over a period of two weeks.

So I’m not trying to stomp on this diet, but I’m very skeptical to believe that one could lose 10 pounds in a week without passing out dead soon after. Heck it might be up to 4 pounds if you’re extremely lucky and maybe starting from a high weight to begin, but anything over is flat out dangerous and shouldn’t be attempted unless recommended by a licensed physician.

The Official Rules Of The Diet

One of the major contrasts of the General Motors Diet compared to other popular diets like Atkins and South Beach is the day to day diet schedule as opposed to weekly or even monthly plans used by others. Overall the diet involves consuming a very unique mixture of fruits and vegetables along with milk, rice, and soup and it’s recommended to take a 3-day break before attempting again. I completely agree and suggest consuming some more meat to make up for such a low protein consumption.

Here’s a list of the only beverages that are allowed during this diet:

  1. Club Soda
  2. Water – 10 glasses must be drunk every single day
  3. Plain Black Coffee
  4. Herbal or Leaf Tea
  5. Fruit Juice detailed on day 7 of the diet.
  6. Milk, only on a certain day

If you plan on repeating this 7-day diet, alcohol is permitted after the first run-through.

There’s also a special soup that goes along with the diet intended to be eaten at any time and in any quantity. The ingredients are:General Motors Diet Pic 2

  • 23 oz of water
  • 6 onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 whole cabbage
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • Seasonings or herbs for additional taste

But let’s talk about how each day is laid out for this diet:

Day 1

Eat all the fruits that you want except for bananas. I’m guessing it’s because of the number of calories and carbs.

Day 2

Start the day with a baked potato with one slice of butter. The rest of the day is confined to vegetables either raw or cooked.

Day 3

Any fruits and vegetable minus bananas and the potato.

Day 4

Up to 8 bananas and 3 glasses of milk. Plus you can have some of the special GM soup here.

Day 5

You’re supposed to eat two 10 oz portions of beef, 6 tomatoes, and drink 12 glasses of water today instead of 10.

Day 6

Today you eat as much beef and vegetables as you please.

Day 7

For the last day, you can have as much brown rice, fruit juice, and vegetables as you wish.

The GM Diet Indian Version is almost exactly the same except that beef is substituted for cottage cheese or more brown rice. This would really only affect days 5 and 6. If we’re talking about the General Motors Diet Vegetarian Version, then all of the beef is substituted with just brown rice.

So, Is The General Motors Diet To Be Taken Seriously?

Like I’ve said before, I’ve read over a lot of different diets, but this one is just flat out… weird. Sure you can try it out and it sounds like there’s room to lose a few pounds. I just hope that you really like vegetables and bananas. And what the heck are you going to do on the “all milk day” if you’re lactose intolerant?

This diet limits the consumption of meat to two days a week. This isn’t nearly enough to sustain healthy muscle tissue weekly since your body can only use a certain amount of protein each hour before turning the rest into fat. If you’re interesting in having a muscular look, you should be consuming roughly 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body weight which is about 75% of your total body weight. And you should be consuming this protein in even portions throughout the day, every day.

Really, this diet sounds like you can probably lose weight, but at what cost? Stuffing down bananas and raw tomatoes? I guess it’s just not for me, but try it out for yourself. I would love to hear your comments whether positive or negative.

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P.S. If you're interested in the diet that I use when I want to get particularly lean, it's Eat Stop Eat. It's very progressive, and probably not like anything you've tried before.