General Motors Diet is one of the most controversial diets of recent years, and it promises almost unrealistic results! It claims that you can lose up to 7 kg in 7 days.
The General Motors diet started in the ‘ 80s. The homonymous group gave that diet to their employees to help them stay in good physical condition. It seems that the results were so good, that soon this diet became famous worldwide.
GMD is based on the fact that eating certain foods every day, can provide your body with fewer calories than you burn daily. This causes a negative caloric effect in the body and helps in losing weight naturally without even having to go to the gym!
General Motors Diet indicative menu
Day 1: You can eat only fruits, except bananas in unlimited quantities.
Day 2: Eat only vegetables, raw or roasted. Not, in this case, is a limit on the quantity, though you can eat potatoes only at breakfast.
Day 3: This is the day that combines the two previous days. So you can eat fruits and vegetables, except bananas and potatoes.
Day 4: You can eat bananas, and drink skim milk too. 8 small or 6 large bananas and 3 glasses of milk of 250 ml are allowed for each portion.
Day 5: You can eat beef, chicken or fish with tomatoes, or 2 servings of meat of 290 gr. And necessarily, 6 tomatoes which you can’t replace with another vegetable.
As for vegetarians, they can replace meat with cottage cheese or brown rice. Because you receive extra protein this day you should drink at least 2 glasses of water more than other days.
Day 6: Eat meat and vegetables. You can eat as many vegetables as you like (except potatoes). The meat portions are the same as on the fifth day.
Vegetarians can replace it with cottage cheese.
Day 7: The last day of the diet, you can eat brown rice, fruit juices and an unlimited amount of vegetables.
As in all diets, you should drink a lot of water. Alcohol and soft drinks; even the light ones are prohibited. Tea and coffee (with no sugar) are permitted but without exaggeration.
As for exercise, the advice is to avoid it during the days of the diet.
Why are nutritionists skeptical about GMD?
The calories that you get daily are about 1,000-1,200. It is so few that you will lose weight no matter what!
However, nutritionists remain wary of GMD because it helps you lose weight but not to burn fat! So when you stop dieting and return to your regular nutritional rhythms, you will get back all the lost pounds, if not more.
Additionally, nutritionists don’t agree with diets that exclude food groups. They always recommend following a balanced diet, which includes a little amount of food from all nutritional groups.
- Before starting any new diet or/and an exercise program you should ask your doctor