I am blogging my experience in completing the “GM Diet” — incorrectly labeled as such as part of an apparent hoax, but still effective as reported by many across the Internet. Click here to read my intro/explanation.
The origin of the “GM Diet” is really a hoax (General Motors never initiated a diet for their workers to stay thin and keep their insurance costs low), but I was coaxed into partaking anyway because Pinterest was full of skinny stomach pictures singing the diet’s praises. From an outsider’s perspective, I didn’t need to lose weight; in fact, I had a few people giving me hell for even considering a crash diet, but I forged on for the sake of three Cs: cleansing, curiosity and challenge. I really just wanted to see if I could do it, and if it worked and I lost a few pounds, then it was a bonus.
As a reminder, the basic gist of the diet is to eat a lot of natural foods (fruits, veggies) in segments and drink lots of water.
Day One: All fruits (most melons, no bananas)
Day Two: All vegetables
Day Three: Fruits and vegetables (still no bananas)
Day Four: Bananas, milk and special cabbage soup
Day Five: Tomatoes and lean beef
Day Six: Vegetables and lean beef
Day Seven: Fruits, vegetables and brown rice (no meat)
I weighed myself around the same time every day (after work) to keep the results as consistent as possible. (Note: For curiosity’s sake, I also weighed myself off and on throughout the week — sometimes first thing in the morning, sometimes late at night — and the weight fluctuated a great deal.)
In the end, I lost 6.4 pounds in seven days.
Testimonials I’d read had people losing between 10-20 pounds on the GM Diet. If I had lost weight on the higher end of that spectrum, I would have fallen into double digits, so my results may not be earth shattering enough to convince you to do this, but when you consider the percentage of weight I lost, it’s pretty significant.
Whether it was apparent to others or not, I felt a difference in my body — specifically in my face, stomach, waist and hips. Photographic evidence exists, but I’m not one to post MySpace-like underwear shots on the Internet, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
While the GM Diet was successful from a numbers standpoint, and moderately successful from an aesthetic standpoint, I wouldn’t recommend it for the average person trying to lose weight. What I would recommend is a balanced diet of natural foods, portion control, tons of water and exercise. That’s easy enough, right?
I won’t lie: It was encouraging to see results in a short period of time, but it would be unhealthy to continue on this diet for an extended period of time, and that’s really the “best” way to maintain the decline in weight. As soon as you reintroduce carbs and other foods into your diet, the weight will come back. (But damn, it tastes good…)
If you’re a bride trying to lose a few pounds/inches before the big day or someone trying to jumpstart a healthier weight loss program, this would work, but based on the mood swings I had on some of the days the diet didn’t agree with me (I’m looking at you, Day Five), I would think a stressful time like a week before your wedding wouldn’t be ideal.
Either way, it’s a quick fix that — if done by the book — will lead to lower numbers on the scale and maybe a drop in sizes. I did feel somewhat rejuvenated and overall, had fun challenging myself. If nothing else, it was a fun point of conversation with the people following my progress.
Oh, also, I have to address a taboo topic here (especially on a food blog)… A few people I talked to assumed that partaking in this cleanse led to multiple offensive bathroom trips [to put it much more nicely than they did], but that wasn’t the case at all. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a female writing in a public forum, and I don’t want to shatter the unrealistic ‘women-don’t-do-that’ school of thought. The only change I experienced was that I needed to pee every 15 minutes, due to immense water consumption. Sorry to disappoint the hecklers… but maybe sometime I’ll try that lemonade, cayenne pepper, laxative cleanse and report back in detail.