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The General Motors Diet

The Background

I have known of this diet since more than a decade now, having personally followed it multiple times. It was initially handed over to me as an article on paper. With the advent of the Internet, I decided to create an upload a copy of that article. It has since been on my site (which has changed address multiple times).

Note that this is the Vegetarian Variant of the so-called original diet.

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The Claimed Background of the Diet

The following 7-day diet and health program was supposedly developed for the employees of General Motors Inc., and their dependents. The program was developed in conjunction with the grant from the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It was first tried at the Johns Hopkins Research Centre and was approved for distribution by the Board of Directors of General Motors Corporation at a general meeting on August 15, 1995.
The above is not a verified claim, and per my research, GM did not sponsor any such diet.
But nevertheless, people have observed very positive effects of following this diet. At best, it makes you feel very refreshed with some weight loss. At worst, it is a harmless diet which still does cleanse your system.

Unless you suffer from any health disorders which need medical attention, you can safely follow this diet.

  • You will find the poll and results on the usefulness of this diet interesting. Do check it out! It has an amazing set of personal experience comments as well.
  • Also – see some FAQs on the GM Diet.
  • How does the diet actually work, and what effects does it have on the body? A commentary here.

The Daily Plan The details

This program is designed for a target weight loss of 5-6 kg per week. It will also improve your attitude and emotions because of its systematic cleansing effects. The effectiveness of this seven day plan is due to the fact that the foods eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value. This plan can be used as often as you like to without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter by at least 10 pounds. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.


During the first seven days you must drink 10 glasses of water each day.


The Diet
Day Plan
Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consists of all fruits you want. It is suggested you consume lots of watermelon and cantaloupe.
Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the new and cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the account or type. Avoid oil and coconut while cooking vegetables. Have large boiled potato for breakfast.
Day Three Any mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet and no potatoes today.
Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. You can also have one bowl of vegetables soup.
Day Five Today is a feast day. You will eat 1 (one) cup of rice. You also have to eat 6 (six) whole tomatoes and drink 12 (twelve) glasses of water today to cleanse your system of the excess uric acid you will be producing.
Day Six Today is another all vegetables day. You must eat 1 cup of rice today and eat all the vegetables you want cooked and uncooked to your heart’s content.
Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of 1 cup rice, fruit juice and all the vegetables you care to consume. Tomorrow morning you will be five to eight kilograms lighter than 1 week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. Repeat the program as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you rest for three days before every repetition.

You have your system under control now and it will thank you for all the purging and cleansing you just gave it. Even more than a diet program it is good to follow this diet once in a while to clean your digestive system and remove toxic substances that have a accumulated in the system.


General Motors Wonder Soup

The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to drink large quantities of this soup. (Looking for a soup recipe? See the Health Soup Recipe!)

The Wonder Soup
23 oz water wonder-soup-in-a-bowl
06 large onions
02 green peppers
03 whole tomatoes
1 cabbage
1 bunch celery – add herbs and seasoning as desired.

General Advice

This program is highly recommended for women and men above 40 for whom excess weight is especially dangerous. Excess weight for women aggravates arthritis problems and leads to rapid joint decay. Pain and joint deterioration can be lessened by weight loss as weight loss removes the stress on the knee joint. Excess weight is the most critical factor in keeping good health and excess weight is responsible for the most problems including coronary diseases, heart problems, arthritis and cancer among other serious life threatening diseases. Most serious health problems can be avoided by the single function of maintaining an ideal weight. Daily mild exercise of 20 minutes is also essential. Do not tire yourself out, but being regular in your exercise and maintaining an ideal weight goes a long way in ensuring a happy, healthy and long life.

This article is published in good faith on this website assuming that all the material herein is in the public domain, as the intention of this article is a noble one. If you find that this article is copyrighted and is not supposed to be published without permission, please let me know by dropping me a note somewhere on this website.

  • Akansha

    heya….
    i m starting diz diet frm 2mrrw….bt i am confused dat on second day,can i use salt,lemon or chaat masala in salad

    • Pratik

      no u cannot akansha !!! i have tried it and it works go for it burn it out!!!

  • Akansha

    heya….
    i m starting diz diet frm 2mrrw….bt i am confused dat on second day,can i use salt,lemon or chaat masala in salad

    • Pratik

      no u cannot akansha !!! i have tried it and it works go for it burn it out!!!

  • Disha

    I’m 39 yrs. my height is 5 feet 2 and 1/2 inches and my weight is 64 kg. I am planning to start this diet plan . I am a pure vegetarian and in India its very hard to get water melon in this season , please suggest me some another fruits and please give me a diet chart I mean how much fruits or vegetables i can have in a day

  • Fawaz

    I am wondering if the vegetables should be boiled ? Is it OK if i eat it without boiling, the result will be the same or it is recommended to boil the vegs ?

  • Fawaz

    I am wondering if the vegetables should be boiled ? Is it OK if i eat it without boiling, the result will be the same or it is recommended to boil the vegs ?

    • Akansha

      heya….
      i m starting diz diet frm 2mrrw….bt i am confused dat on second day,can i use salt,lemon or chaat masala in salad

      • Pratik

        no u cannot akansha !!! i have tried it and it works go for it burn it out!!!

  • Dipti

    Hi,
    I am planning to start this diet plan. But can we have one sugar free tea every morning as I’m very found of tea.

    Thanks

  • Dipti

    Hi,
    I am planning to start this diet plan. But can we have one sugar free tea every morning as I’m very found of tea.

    Thanks

    • Fawaz

      I am wondering if the vegetables should be boiled ? Is it OK if i eat it without boiling, the result will be the same or it is recommended to boil the vegs ?

    • Disha

      I’m 39 yrs. my height is 5 feet 2 and 1/2 inches and my weight is 64 kg. I am planning to start this diet plan . I am a pure vegetarian and in India its very hard to get water melon in this season , please suggest me some another fruits and please give me a diet chart I mean how much fruits or vegetables i can have in a day

  • Vidhs

    Hi, Today is my 4th day. but I was wondering that I am not doing any exercise during diet,
    So is that ok or not ? My weight will be lost or not ? If it is lost then how much ?

  • Vidhs

    Hi, Today is my 4th day. but I was wondering that I am not doing any exercise during diet,
    So is that ok or not ? My weight will be lost or not ? If it is lost then how much ?

    • Dipti

      Hi,
      I am planning to start this diet plan. But can we have one sugar free tea every morning as I’m very found of tea.

      Thanks

      • Disha

        I’m 39 yrs. my height is 5 feet 2 and 1/2 inches and my weight is 64 kg. I am planning to start this diet plan . I am a pure vegetarian and in India its very hard to get water melon in this season , please suggest me some another fruits and please give me a diet chart I mean how much fruits or vegetables i can have in a day

  • maja

    Hi
    just started this diet today…its 6 in the evening..so far so good I accidentally ate 3 bananas but now m not having anymore. Not drinking enough water thou as its getting too cold…I weighed myself in the morning I was 73kg..hoping to lose atleast 5kg by end of this week

  • nir

    hello.. today’s my first day. out of all the things I usually eat, I missing my daily dose of tea the most. Anyway.. so far so good.
    For some religious reasons, I m not allowed to eat bananas. (Weird!) can I replace it with something?

  • chaitanya

    hi. i was desprate to follow this plan but somwhow i cheated i had a cheese masala dosa.
    on the 2nd day but didnt eat anything after that and continuing it now. will it still work if i continue without cheating?

    • Root

      Hello.
      Late to ask – but how did it go? :)
      Did you find the diet helpful – even with the ‘cheating’?

  • chaitanya

    hi there can you please tell me can i include sprouts in the vegetable section?
    please reply

    • Root

      Hi.

      Sprouts are not vegetables – so, you will have to avoid them!

      Best wishes.

  • Nikki

    can u please tell in vegetables can we have pulses also? and can we have daal also?

    • http://msync.org/ Ravindra R. Jaju

      Hi.
      You should not be having pulses with the vegetables. Although you can add some spices and salt.

      All the best!

    • http://msync.org/ Ravindra R. Jaju

      Hi.
      You should not be having pulses with the vegetables. Although you can add some spices and salt.

      All the best!

    • http://msync.org/ Ravindra R. Jaju

      Hi.
      You should not be having pulses with the vegetables. Although you can add some spices and salt.

      All the best!

  • Nikki

    2nd day almost over….

  • Nikki

    hi, i have started today……feeling bit hungry :(

  • seema

    Today is my succesful third day. No problems.

  • seema

    Today is my succesful third day. No problems.

    • Vidhs

      Hi, Today is my 4th day. but I was wondering that I am not doing any exercise during diet,
      So is that ok or not ? My weight will be lost or not ? If it is lost then how much ?

  • seema

    Today is my succesful third day. No problems.

    • http://msync.org/ Ravindra R. Jaju

      Wonderful!
      Keep it going! Many people do find the third day very hard, and once you are past that day, the fourth day onwards feels very easy! Good to know you had the third day going without any trouble.

  • Priya

    I am currently on my first day. So far, i ate grapes, 1 apple and 2 kiwis. I was soo hungry that i just had to cheat. i had 5 chips :( I feel guilty. But i guess the first day is always hard. I hope i wont cheat again!

  • Priya

    I am currently on my first day. So far, i ate grapes, 1 apple and 2 kiwis. I was soo hungry that i just had to cheat. i had 5 chips :( I feel guilty. But i guess the first day is always hard. I hope i wont cheat again!

  • Priya

    I am currently on my first day. So far, i ate grapes, 1 apple and 2 kiwis. I was soo hungry that i just had to cheat. i had 5 chips :( I feel guilty. But i guess the first day is always hard. I hope i wont cheat again!

    • http://msync.org/ Ravindra R. Jaju

      Haha! :)

      Don’t worry – keep going. All the best!

  • allu

    hi ,
    I have just started the diet and completed day 2 . Had a hard time with the vegetables, can any one just help me with what all can i mix with the vegetables while cooking like salt, pepper,mirchi powder , turmeric etc.. Could you help me please.
    Thanks in advance

    • http://msync.org/ Ravindra R. Jaju

      Hi.
      You can definitely use some spices and salt for taste. It would be very unappealing otherwise, right? :)
      Just be watchful of the amount of salt though.

  • Gayathri

    Can any one say me how to maintain and after how many days interval we should follow the same..if we leave the gm diet as such what will happen to us ..please reply me…—- Gaya3

  • Gayathri

    Can any one say me how to maintain and after how many days interval we should follow the same..if we leave the gm diet as such what will happen to us ..please reply me…—- Gaya3

    • http://msync.org/ Ravindra R. Jaju

      The GM diet is no magic diet. It is only a nice diet to help you cleanse and get your system on track.

      You will have to follow it up with a good regimen of diet and exercises. It’s not a diet to follow forever. So, you will have to go back to your normal diet afterwards.

      Eat in limits, don’t eat late in the day, and avoid heavy foods. Introduce a good amount of physical exercises in your daily schedule. Eat lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You will do just great!

      If you have any specific questions, do post.

  • venkata

    on day should i measure one cup of uncooked rice or cooked rice

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