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Obesity has become one of the biggest challenges today. It is affecting people worldwide, posing great health risks, in addition to the extra weight being a problem in itself.

Both children and adults alike are victims of this disease. It is believed that if this trend continues, by the year 2015, more than 700 million people around the world will be obese. A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and most importantly, an improper diet are the primary causes of obesity. There is an utmost need to maintain a balance between the calories consumed and the calories spent. Hence, the diet that you intake is crucial. You may have heard of the Atkins diet which is a diet low in carbohydrates meant to resolve overweight issues. Well, now it’s time for us to illuminate you on another equally renowned diet plan.

General Motors, the American corporate giant that builds cars, has created a worldwide phenomenon by introducing the General Motors Diet plan, more popularly known as the GM Diet. This was mainly devised keeping in mind the needs of the employees of General Motors and their families. It was field tested at the Johns Hopkins Research Centre and thereafter secured the approval for distribution from the Board of Directors on August 15, 1985. This entails a wellness program designed to cleanse the system so that one can experience a change in their attitudes and emotions in addition to the weight loss it brings about.

This diet can be followed by any person of any age. This raging phenomenon claims to make a person lose up to 8 kilograms in one week of following a miracle diet. But does it?

I have to confess that I am a bit on the plumper side and would like nothing more than to get those extra kilos off my body. I have tried exercise, yoga, Pilates, diets and what not. Sadly, my body has a mind of its own. It doesn’t seem to want to lose weight. Well actually, I don’t want to lose weight either. It’s the bulk I am more worried about. I do not want to be affected by any nasty disease due to those extra kilos. So when I heard of the GM diet, as usual, I was eager to try it out. Millions of people around the world claim to have benefited from this weight loss diet program. People say that unlike some complicated diet plans, this is doable and which is why, so many vouch for it. After reading this, I clearly saw a silver lining in the clouds.

GM Diet Chart: The Beginning:

The GM diet is a week-long diet with a specific food intake for each of the seven days. If followed exactly, the GM diet claims to make the follower lose 5-8 kilos in the duration of the diet. Moreover, the GM diet is said to be safe and one can try it without the fear of complications. It helps to flush out all the impurities from your system so that you experience a sense of overall well-being and good health.

It is claimed that once the diet is over, that is, after seven days the person will feel a lot lighter as his weight goes down. He or she will be high on energy and will be endowed with a positive approach towards life. The trick of the GM diet is to not go hungry but to fill yourself with so much food that you don’t go hungry at all.

My curiosity was further aroused. This is a diet in which we actually eat! It’s a diet which doesn’t make us starve! I had never heard of this before. Hence, I surely wanted to try it out as soon as possible. So I began my preparation. So let’s read about the procedure on how to lose weight in 7 days.

Note: While following this diet plan, one has to completely abstain from alcohol.

1. GM Diet – Day One:

The first day of the GM Diet is your preparation for the upcoming program that you have enrolled yourself in. Day one is an all fruits day. The GM Diet Chart instructed me to eat all the fruits we possibly can with the exception of bananas. Any fruit can be consumed any time except bananas. The suggestion was to intake more of watermelon and cantaloupe. Also, we were supposed to drink 8-12 glasses of water throughout the day. If one feels hungry, that person is not doing the diet properly. Moreover, it is suggested that if one consumes just melons on the first day of the diet, one can lose about a kilogram of weight which is massive!

I followed day one to the T. I crammed myself with fruits. I had oranges, papaya, watermelon, cantaloupe, pomegranate, apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, custard apples and all else. And of course, water as advised. I did not experience hunger. Whenever I was hungry, I had more fruits. And thus went day one, peacefully.

2. GM Diet – Day Two:

Day two was an all vegetables day. We could eat any cooked and uncooked vegetables of our choice. Make sure to use no oil while cooking the vegetables. In fact, there is no limit on the type or amount of vegetables you can eat! My day happily started with a large boiled potato (for the complex carbohydrates it contains) for breakfast. And again, 8-12 glasses of water throughout the day.

By day two, I was feeling very enthusiastic. I had not experienced any hunger the day before. So I was pretty sure I could manage day two as well. I started off with the boiled potato. It was funny having the potato with nothing, but I somehow got it down. The rest of the day I spent eating veggies. I downed cucumber, carrots uncooked as well as boiled, boiled beans, raw lettuce, boiled bottle guard and water. By evening I was feeling a bit uncomfortable. The fiber in the vegetables had me rushing to the toilet again and again. But ultimately my digestive system was being cleaned up. So I was fine with it. Again, no hunger on day two.

[ Read: How to Count Calories? ]

3. GM Diet – Day Three:

Day three of the GM diet plan is a fruit and vegetable day. Any quantity of it is allowed. No potatoes on this day and no bananas yet. Same with the water – 8-12 glasses of water throughout the day.

By day three, my system got used to all the food I was giving it. I had a happy day with the variety of fruits and vegetables the market had to offer. Except the toilet situation, I was happy with the diet till now.

[ Read: 14 Daily Fitness Tips for People who Hate Working Out ]

4. GM Diet – Day Four:

The fourth day of the GM diet chart and plan is the bananas and milk day! Did that catch you by surprise? We are supposed to have as many as 8-10 bananas and 3-4 glasses of milk throughout the day.

I was a little worried about day four. I wasn’t sure whether 8-10 bananas and 3 glasses of milk would be enough to last me through the day. I started off with one banana and a glass of milk for breakfast. By mid-morning, I was hungry enough for two more bananas. For lunch, I had one more glass of milk with two more bananas. I was surprised. Five bananas and half a day was already over. I had one more banana in the evening with another glass of milk. And for dinner I had two bananas. By the end of the day I was really surprised. I managed the day with just three glasses of milk and 8 bananas, and no sign of hunger! I was so full with all the bananas I was having. That was truly amazing!

[ Read: Banana Diet for Weight Loss ]

5. GM Diet – Day Five:

Day five is a feast day on the GM Diet plan. We can have one cup of rice for lunch and have to have six large tomatoes throughout the day. By day five, we would be producing a lot more of uric acid in our body, so the water intake has to be increased to 15 glasses throughout the day.

Here came the problem. I hate tomatoes. No matter in which form, raw or cooked, I just cannot eat tomatoes. They do not go down my throat. So I was a little worried about how I was going to handle the tomatoes. Then my mom suggested, why not puree the tomatoes, cook them, add coriander, cumin, and pepper, salt and make it into a soup. Well, I can drink tomato soup. And thus, my tomatoes were ground and eaten up as soup. I had this soup throughout the day. Not the ideal way may be, but I surely got the tomatoes down.

[ Read: GM Diet Side Effects ]

6. GM Diet – Day Six:

Day six is another feast day in the GM Diet. We could have one cup of rice for lunch and all the vegetables we can eat throughout the day. Again the water intake was to be 8-12 glasses throughout the day.

By day six, I was definitely feeling lighter. I did not weight myself at any point during the GM Diet, but I was feeling much lighter. I had no trouble with the vegetables on day six as my body had gotten used to the diet already. I drank the required amount of water. I realized, whether or not I was losing weight, I was definitely improving my digestive system.

7. GM Diet – Day Seven:

This is the last day of the GM Diet. Day seven consists of one cup rice, all the vegetables we care to consume and any fruit juice.

Day seven is a perfect finale to the diet. We eat all the vegetables we can possibly eat and flush out everything with fruit juices.

I was so happy that I managed to stick to the diet and complete it. My face was glowing with all the nutrients I gave my body. My digestion was back on track after the superb cleansing I put it through and I was definitely looking less round. I had noticeably thinned down after the diet.

I got onto the scales to see how much weight I had lost during the course of the diet. To my horror, I had lost only about 3 kilos. I was so disappointed for not having achieved the 5-8 kilos mentioned. Then I realized all my dresses which weren’t fitting earlier, were now comfortably sliding down me. I had lost three inches off my body which is quite an achievement.

My body is grateful to me that I put it through such a wonderful wellness diet that it rewarded me with the required inch loss rather than the weight loss.

So for all you enthusiasts who are starving yourselves to achieve a slimmer and trimmer you, please stop. There is a much healthier way to get what you want. The GM Diet is really a miraculous diet. Try it for yourself and share your experiences with us. Wish you good luck!

Here is a simple Android GM Diet App that should help you with the process.

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  • Leena

    soo sweet of you i’ll follow this article!! going diet is really good :)

    • rmyah v

      I know :) This diet helped me a lotttttt
      I’m so glad you liked it :)
      Please do try it and let me know how it went for you :)

      • gaga86

        im on day 5 and have already lost 3kgs i jus love this diet

  • Kaartika

    Too bad it didn’t work out as promised. But 3 Kgs in a week is still a pretty good sign. Let me try it out in January. Also do you not feel any giddiness when you do it?

    that is, when you don’t eat rice which contain essential daily carb intake, will it not cause hungriness and giddiness? Are the fruits, vegetables sufficient to last you through the day and the week?

    Sorry, just curious and want to know if there were any side effects?

    • rmyah v

      Hi Kaartika,
      I’m really glad you took the patience to read the article ;)
      to answer your question, I was very skeptical in the beginning to try it out as even I was worried about the lack of carbohydrates in the diet. But as I started it, I realised that for the amount of sugars we put in our body through the fruits and vegetables, we’ll be so full that we wouldn’t even realise we haven’t eaten any carbs.
      No giddiness or anything. In fact by day four, I was sick of eating. My portions decreased and I no longer felt hunger pangs :)

      • Kaartika

        Thanks for the reply. I will definitely try it out then.

      • Nike-y Girl

        i just started day one is not going so great i feel dizzy and light-headed, please advise me i don’t wanna give up.

        • Rmyah

          if you feel hungry…you’re doing it wrong…!!!
          try eating throughout the day rather than your regular meal times. that should help

  • shwetasarawgi (Glam ‘n Gloss)

    Well, i dont agree with the fad diets at all. esp. gm diet, if u’ll monitor your weight, u’ll gain it right back within a week of eating right. these diet cut back on protein and other vital nutrients. the weight people generally loose is water weight. just monitor your weight after one week, all the lost weight will be right back. for healthy weight loss, one has to make lifestyle changes.

    • rmyah v

      Hi Shweta,
      Thank you for posting your honest opinion. Let me tell you mine. I did the GM diet way back in october. It is january now. Almost four months to the day I finished the diet. I had lost 3 kilos, and I haven’t gained them back till now. My lifestyle hasn’t changed nor have my food habits. Where has the weight gone then?
      I believe t has gone for good. And I certainly will be doing this again and again. If not for weightloss but for my general wellbeing. :)

      • shwetasarawgi (Glam ‘n Gloss)

        Thats really good, if it hasn’t come back. all thumbs up for u :)

        • rmyah v

          Thank you Shweta…the trick during the diet is to choose your fruits and vegetables in such a way that all the nutrient requirements are met.
          We are in no way starving ourselves nor are we depriving the body of any of the nutrients/ calorie count required :) :)

          • shwetasarawgi (Glam ‘n Gloss)

            I am more of an exercise person, i really dont get the dieting stuff, in past three year i had been in two major cosmopolitan gyms , one in New York and another in London, i have learnt this fro my trainers there. eating healthy and exercising is the best way for all around wellness. but anyways dear whatever works for ones body type is best suited for them. All the best for your future rendezvous ..

          • Guest

            Hi Rmyah, I loved your article very much, but have a issue regarding which I’m posting here. In my case, I’ve started Gym for weight loose & having a conscious diet. but i can follow this Diet as I’ve indulge into a intense workout program ? I’m getting shapes because of exercise but not loosing weight with i want to ripped of.

            Please suggest me if I can follow the GM diet plan with any addition to meet my Protein requirement. Hope to hear from you soon..

          • Rmyah

            this diet isnt designed for an intense workout because we simply cannot compensate enough energy with it. try having a portion of dal or lean meat with each meal to compensate with it

          • Mani Rai

            Hi Rmyah, I loved your article very much, but have a issue regarding
            which I’m posting here. In my case, I’ve started Gym for weight loose
            & having a conscious diet. but i can follow this Diet as I’ve
            indulge into a intense workout program ? I’m getting shapes because of
            exercise but not loosing weight with i want to ripped of.

            suggest me if I can follow the GM diet plan with any addition to meet
            my Protein requirement. Hope to hear from you soon..!!

  • Kanika

    this is a superb article.a healthy diet without fainting….loved it…will try for sure

  • Oindrila

    Such an amazing article Rmyah! I will try my best to try this out :) Thanks for sharing this.

  • sravaniiyar

    I have heard about the diet before but never really tried it. The way you put it, it sounds doable without much effort. Will certainly try and let you know the results.


    good that you lost weight……..

  • Simrin

    Heard a lot about this diet but it does have its own side effects which aint safe and can make you sick:(

  • yashika agarwalla

    I followed this diet, but due poor availability of vegetables, i had sprouts along with tomatoes and onions. Also, i substituted rice with oats. But, I haven’t had any weight loss, I weigh 80 kgs & am still at that. But i do feel lighter. Will more such sessions of diet help me shed a bit of weight ?

    • khan

      i feel the substitute is right.
      but are you drinking the mentioned amount of water?
      and you need to combine this diet with mild exercise and min half an hour walk..

  • kim

    can i eat something else for day 5? i hate tomatoes… :(

  • Mohan’s Ey Chikeetha

    can we eat particular and some vegetables in 2nd and 3rd days like tomatoes,capscicum,onion and can we eat more tomatoes in 2nd day diet

  • Varsha

    I have also gone through this diet several times, and managed to lose only 3kgs every time. Of which, 1 kg I would tend to put on very fast, but the other 2 kgs lost have stayed off me for ever. Hence, this diet is definitely worth a try. I have managed to take off 10 kgs off me, during a period of 6 months by just following this diet once a month for 6 months.

  • preethi

    i have done this diet for 3 months now and must say that i have lost 13 kilos so far and put nothing back on. i have been eating fatty stuff inbetween this period and its just fantastic that all the weight you lose doesnt come back on. of all the diets i have tried i would recommend this one to any of them like me who are obese and have about 30 or more kilos to lose. i still have a long way to go in terms of losing more but can achieve it through this diet.

    • Priya

      How often do u do this diet or say what’s the gap that u give in between each diet ?

    • khan

      congrats. Combine the diet with mild exercise and a half an hour walk. You won’t feel dizzy or tired during the diet

  • shruti sreekumar

    Hey i just started doing the GM diet and i have a doubt. On Day 5, Aren’t we suppose to eat Beef and Tomatoes ? And on Day 6, Beef and Vegetables ? Please help :)

    • khan

      yeah your right. actually the one mentioned above is the indian version for veggies

  • shanthi

    pls let me know if i can add salt along with boiled vegetables on day2

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  • Deepika

    Today is my fourth day of the Diet plan and I must say this article gives me a good kick for the 6 th Day which I was afraid to pass…Thank u so much.

  • Nike-y Girl

    day 1;

    foods: Melons, apples, water
    feelings: dizzy and weak
    state of mind: optimistic

  • Nike-y Girl

    Day 2
    Foods: boiled potato, lettuce, steamed callaloo, lots of cucumber
    Feeling: full and satisfied, a little light-headed
    State-of-mind: progressive and optimistic

  • bkdurham

    I don’t like milk. Any suggestions?

  • hema

    I am on day 5. I lost only 2kgs( a little disappointing). I felt so dizzy & dim today. will see for 2 more days.

  • farheen taj

    I am going to start gm diet from 15/11/13 hope i will get u guys back with good results

  • Amy

    I am on day 5th and lost 2 kgs i dont think so on 8th day i wil shed 3 kgs…eventhough i was runnin but dint manage to lose lot of weigh :(

  • jassimka

    It is not just following the plan, you need to do atleast 15-20 mins Walk and 20-30 mins exercise. I started 4 days back, in the afternoon when i checked i almost reduced 3 Kgs….Also you need to drink lot of water….

    • hema

      That’s great. I didn’t do any exercises( thought running behind my little kid is enough). next week will do again and that time will do exercises too as u suggested.

  • hema

    I completed my gm diet. Total I lost 2 kgs only.. but feeling very good. My body feeling lite now. Got habit of drinking more water and eating greens and fruits. Now I am not liking to eat salty chips or any other junk food and deep fries. My taste buds got changed and just hating salt and sugar :) <3 will do again after a week

    • Hemali

      today is my second day. i hope i will lose 4 kg in a week

  • Hemali

    I have to much headache. is it headache in GM diet plan? can u pls tel me

    • hema

      2nd day u feel head ache in the night. But don worry. just 1 more day. From 4th day u don’t get head ache or any pain. u will start feeling comfortable from 4th day. keep updating ur weight loss :)

      • hemali

        thanks for rply.i loose 3.1kg during 1 cycle

  • Kay

    I lost 30+ LBS the healthy way over a course of a year…Then lot’s of things happened and I gained it all back! New Year’s is around the corner and I’ve always wanted to fit into a mini skirt…to surprise my husband but anyways! I’m back to exactly where I started!
    I’ve read mixed reviews.
    Quick question, now that you’re done with it, have you gained it all back???
    THANK YOU!!!

  • neru

    Did the diet lost 3kk. Not sure how much you can eat of the curd, sprouts, cottage cheese or paneer etc as a vegetarian. Does anyone know? I cup of brown rice and 6 tomatoes seem to be a small amount to the large portions of beef!

  • B khan

    Today is my first day. Only eating melon and drinking water. Felling bit dizzy. Hoping for best result.

  • khan

    ohkay i am done with my day 3 and i have shed 2 kgs.
    looking forward for the next days. just a bit worried about the cons of the diet .Don’t wanna gain back

  • Aambi Srivastava

    hi. Can we eat salt while we are on this diet?

  • Asma hyd

    I did but no result why? Can I do again … Pls pls answer

  • Gops

    Hi, after reading your post, I too started with GM diet. I a very heavy person…so I really wanted to loose lot of weight and dunno how to start ;). Everytime I think to reduce..but somehow not able to.

    Anyways as per your post I started day1..and was very happy I was able to complete without any issues..But Second day was really tough..By midday I felt dizziness..:(. And so with vegetables I ate a slice of bread :(. Is it okay?

    This is my third day. Hope I will finish this day too. But yesterday I am not sure I did cheat..Will that create a lot of difference?

    Thanks, Gops

  • deeepak

    i started it toady after reading comments….imaging my self after 7 days. as i only want to loose 3 kgs and not more as per BMI calculate.

  • Bhanumathi S

    Hi all, Me and My husband diligently followed what was mentioned above and we both lost 5 kgs each. It was such a nice feeling. We completed only 6 days. But it was great. My stomach is almost flat now.

  • Maitri

    you said on day 5th one can have brown rice and tomamtos. i want to know 1 cup brown rice should be cooked or uncooked? i mean 1 cup uncooked rice is in much quantity when it been cooked. whereas 1cup cooked rice is so less that i can’t stay on it for a day. kindly help me.
    i am on a 5th day of the diet. and today i took 1 cup uncooked rice. was confused whether i should eat this large quantity or not? but finaly had some of that, i thought it might be my mistake, that much quantity may not be allowed. so tell me what is the right thning? as tomorow is my 6th day and also will have rice. need the help.
    Waiting for the reply.
    Thank you.

  • Lanie

    Is there any substitute for tomatoes? I cant really take tomatoes…

    • Shaunessey Yerington-Saldivar

      I world like to know the same they make me gag, have since I was a kid

    • Shaunessey Yerington-Saldivar

      I world like to know the same they make me gag, have since I was a kid

  • neha acharya

    After complete 7 days in gm diet plan, can we eat anything and my weight increse

    • tinashetty

      i too have the same doubt.. y they don’t answer any of the comments??


    I am 68 yrs old, I have tried this diet two three times in3 years and would loose only 2 kilos.Recently when I followed my diet I used to get lots of cramps in my legs and was difficult to sleep.

  • rameswaramediga

    hi i am rameswaram ediga. i have stated today. i am very exiting … what will be happens. so.. pleas wait guys i will tell every day report day to day…

  • ona

    i started this diet today because i want to lose those 4 kilos i gained this winter :/ and i also think its a good start to lose weight and continue with healthy eating. in this first day i feel great, lighter and also i cant stop going to the bathroom :p. anyway i wil be back after a week for my results ;)

  • kartik

    if anyone could answer, please tell me if having mix vegetable curry with lot less oil into it instead of the daily vegetables; is OK????

  • yashu

    Hi, i followed the gm diet very strictly for whole one week but i lost only 1 kg… I am not satisfied at all.

  • suji

    hi friends….i just now got to knw abt this GM diet plan from tomo i ll start….i m really looking forward to shed sme amnt of weight….wil post the results regulary…

  • guru

    what is the next step for GM diet plan…. should we continue the same plan again??

  • bubbyygurl

    i want to start this diet but how much would it work

  • rohiticon

    feel nauseating by the time its afternoon, feel hungry, can’t sleep due to hunger, feel giddy, energy level very low- lost 3 kgs

  • Anonymous

    Can u season ur veggies?

  • Anonymous

    can v eat eggs in 5ht day

  • http://stylecraze geetu

    hey is this diet fit for a person with high insulin resistance,is there areplacement for tomatoes

  • Shivani sikka

    How to maintain after losing weight

  • Neelam

    Hi can v have tea in this diet

  • StyleCraze

    Please install this app, you can get list of the things you need to do and how to follow, step by step process.

  • Mona

    You can have green tea any number of times a day.

  • Mona

    I have done this diet numerous times. Have lost 27 kgs in all. I would alternate every week. On the week that I was off GM I would follow a low calorie, low fat diet. One very important detail was missed out in this article, is the soup – THE WONDER SOUP. You MUST (absolutely MUST) have this soup in very large quantities. Otherwise you won’t lose weight. Google for the recipe. Another very important factor is you cannot keep yourself hungry. You must keep eating as often as required to keep you feeling full. Otherwise you won’t lose as much weight and also will put back everything that you lost. Hope this helps folks trying to lose weight.