The Detox Diet That Actually Works: The GM Diet
Perfect for those last minute beach trips
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. The beach calls for a society-approved beach bod, after all. But the thing is, we have to stay healthy and not completely cut out food altogether. So thank heavens for the GM diet.
A little history
In 1985, General Motors, the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture came together and developed what we know all call the GM diet. Back then, the diet was built on the idea that the US workforce needed to be healthier and more productive—and it definitely showed results. In just one week, there were reports of losing an average of 10 to 17 pounds. Of course, the important thing is that workers were more efficient, more confident and more energetic.
Now on to the real stuff
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, 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.
So what’s it like?
|Day 1 is all about fruits. You can consume as many fruits as you want and it can be whatever fruit you want (but leave the bananas alone).|
|Day 2 is when you can get 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 actually cooking them.|
|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 meat 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 and 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.|
The eighth day is when you can congratulate yourself for a job well done (if you didn’t cheat). You should see results, not just on the scale but in your energy levels too! Best of both worlds, if you ask us.
Art Alexandra Lara