The Detox Diet That Actually Works: The GM Diet
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At some point or another—unless you’re lucky—you’ve probably told yourself you needed/wanted to lose weight. And, if we’re being honest here, summer is when these thoughts most often enter our heads. But we all know that it’s important to stay healthy and not completely cut out food altogether. And for this reason, the GM diet is perfect.
What is it?
The GM diet was developed back in 1985 by General Motors, the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. It was originally constructed to make the US workforce healthier and more productive, and it definitely helped. In just one week, there were several reports of losing 10 to 17 pounds. More importantly, however, workers were more efficient, more confident and more energetic.
What do you have to do?
The hardest part about going on a diet is actually following through with the monotonous routine of eating the same (sometimes bland) food over and over. But the GM diet offers enough variety that you won’t get bored of, although you may already be looking forward to the next day—especially if you're on day 4.
The GM diet works by consuming a combination of complex carbohydrates, fruits, low-calorie veggies and a lot of water. We’re talking a real 8 to 12 glasses a day.
What’s the schedule going to look like?
Day 1 is all about fruits. You can consume as many fruits as you want and it can be whatever fruit you want—except for bananas.
Day 2 is when you can your teeth into some vegetables. The best options are carrots, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and cabbage. But oil is not allowed in the diet, so you may need to get creative in cooking.
Day 3 is a mix of fruits and vegetables. But stay away from potatoes and bananas.
Day 4 is a little stricter. You’ll need to consume eight bananas throughout the day, as well as a glass of milk at every meal time. The banana can get a bit boring, so mix it up by making a standard banana shake—use honey for sweetener—or fancy it up with a milkshake.
Day 5 is when you’ll finally get some protein in you. However, it has to be lean like chicken breast or fish, or a cup of brown rice if you’re a vegetarian. Also mix in 6 tomatoes throughout the day.
Day 6, you’ll be back to vegetables. But you can also have some brown rice or lean protein. Just make sure to do the cooking without any oil.
Day 7 is when you can give yourself the most variety. Consume one cup of brown rice or a lean source of protein. You can also have an assortment of vegetables and fruit juices.
Before you start any diet, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.