A GM diet is the short form for the general motors’ diet. This diet was developed by general motors’ in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. The main reason it was formulated was to improve the productivity of its employees by aiming to make them healthier. The results of following this diet was quiet impressive and since then, the idea of a GM diet has stuck around.
The key components of a GM diet are:
- Complex carbs
- Plenty of vegetables
- Increased water consumption
What are the benefits of a GM diet?
Following a GM diet can be quite a challenge but at the same time, it helps in losing weight at a quick rate. People who follow the diet religiously are able to lose 3-5 Kg in a week. However, the quantity varies from individual to individual.
Since the diet makes use of healthy food only such as nutritious vegetables and fruits, the overall health of a person also gets improved to a great extent. A GM diet can have a positive impact on one’s digestive system.
The GM diet can also be helpful in cleansing the body. Since this diet is highly restricted and involves eating only certain kinds of foods, this diet helps in removing the toxins from the body. It helps in making the body feel more energized and refreshed.
On your first day, you must start eating the healthy fruits. There is a whole lot of variety of fruits that you can consume. However, you must avoid bananas as they contain higher amounts of calories. On the first day of your GM diet plan, consume fruits like watermelon, cantaloupes and melons. These will not only provide nutrition but will also keep your body well hydrated. Melons are mostly composed of water and hence will help in keeping you energetic. Another great option for fruits is pear. Pears are high in fiber. They will help in cleansing the digestive system and will also prevent constipation. Make sure you eat 1 bowl of a particular fruit for every meal. You can sprinkle some sea salt or black salt over the fruits to add taste. To make your fruit meal even more nutritious, you can sprinkle some roasted flaxseeds over the fruits.
On day two, switch over to healthy green vegetables. Green vegetables are a rich source of fiber. They help to keep the bowel movements smooth. They are also high in nutritional content. They contain high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C which helps maintain the skin and also helps in improving the eyesight. Green leafy vegetables are also a rich source of Folic acid and can help in improving the hemoglobin level as well. This is very beneficial for people who are iron deficient. You have a lot of options when it comes to vegetables, but avoid eating potatoes as they contain high amounts of calories. Some great options for day 2 would be broccoli, kale, spinach, lettuce and cucumbers. You can also prepare a green juice by following this recipe:
You will need:
- 1 cup of broccoli florets
- 6 slices of ginger
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 cup of Greek yoghurt
- 1 cup of fresh kale
- 1 cup of coconut water
- 2 tablespoons of honey
Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high speed for 1 minute.
On day 3, you can have a healthy mix of vegetables and fruits. The best way to combine the nutrition of both would be to prepare a salad. You can alternate the ingredients according to your choice for each meal. Here is a simple salad recipe for starters:
You will need:
- 1/4th cup of chia seeds
- ½ cup of low fat milk
- 1 cup of cherries
- 1 cup of blue berries
- 3 leaves of lettuce
- ½ cup of diced baby tomatoes
- Soak the chia seeds in the milk over night.
- When the milk has turned thick, combine it with all the other ingredients into a bowl.
On day 4 of your GM diet, you can incorporate sprouts which are highly nutritious. Sprouts are a healthy way of boosting the digestive system. They also help in increasing the immunity. They not only contain protein but essential vitamins and minerals as well which make our body healthy. Sprouts are definitely mire filling than other conventional snacks. When you consume these, you will find it easier to curb your hunger pangs.
You will need:
- 1 cup of mung bean sprouts
- ½ cup of chickpea sprouts
- 1/4th cup of chopped onions
- 1/4th cup of chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons of thick curd
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of chat masala
Mix all the ingredients into a bowl.
On day 5, the ideal recommendation would be consuming something like cottage cheese and a cup of brown rice for your meals. When preparing the dishes with cottage cheese, make sure you use minimum oil. If you must, use olive oil to cook and add as many vegetables as you can. Alternate the vegetables for every meal.
On day 6, replace the rice with multigrain chapattis. Eat 2 chapattis for every meal. You can consume boiled vegetables of your choice with the chapattis.
On the last day of your GM diet, you must switch back to fruits and vegetables.
Some options for staying hydrated throughout the diet:
Mint and Ginger Water:
Add ½ cup of fresh mint leaves and 5 slices of ginger to 250 ml of water. Let the water get infused for ½ hour. Strain the water and consume.
Honey and Ginger Green Tea
Boil 5 slices of ginger in one cup of water. Add a teaspoon of honey to the water and consume this green tea.
To one cup of cold brew coffee, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Blend well for one minute and consume.
Note: although coffee is not an option for keeping the body hydrated, it will certainly kick start your day and make you feel energetic. Drinking coffee can also help in losing fat and burning excess calories. Make sure you consume 7-8 glasses of water every day while you are on this diet.