My Take On GM (General Motor) Diet!

And Finally I’m done with GM (Genera Motor) 7 day Diet!

I opted for this diet because of my crazy routine as I am working from home since a year now. I was doing one meal a day (OMAD) (that included high protein and low carbs) and exercise at home, controlling what I’m eating.

I felt out of focus and felt bloated most of the time. Staying at home and managing life is not an easy task. At one point I felt as if my body is not responding to my exercise and my meals are consistent. I felt tired and heavy.

I opted for GM diet to give my body a shock and a break from my food pattern since last one year and it also detoxifies the body. This diet also improves your metabolism. It helps you get rid of the water retention in the body. I do this at least twice a year. It lasts just for 7 days and they are not that might. It is not effective for long term weigh loss, also it should not be continued for a longer time. I repeat SHOULD NOT be done for a long time!!

Harsh exercise is not recommended with this diet. One can start after day 3 but not rigorous. It also depends on person to person. If I talk about myself, I have been into fitness for the last 20 years. So I know how to manage my body. It can vary from person to person. Remember to never force yourself. Even if after day 3 you can not exercise DO NOT DO IT!!!!

There is a wonder soup too in this diet I will share the recipe at the end. I started taking the soup from day 4.

Day 1: Day 1 — Fruit

People can eat a range of fruits, especially melons and citrus fruits, but should avoid bananas.

Ideal meal can look like this, but I didn’t follow it.

breakfast: 1 medium apple or 1 bowl of mixed berries

snack: 1 bowl of cantaloupe or an orange

Lunch: 1 bowl of watermelon

snack: 1 orange

dinner: 1 pear or 1 bowl of kiwi

snack: 1 bowl of mixed berries

By evening I felt fresh since I consumed only fruits that day, but still I went to the park didn’t give up. Did brisk walk for 60 minutes. Kept drinking loads of water. Be mindful of yourself.

Day 2: Day 2 — Vegetables

Start the day with a sweet potato or baked potato, but limit potato intake to breakfast only. People can eat vegetables raw or cooked.

breakfast: 1 sweet potato or 1 baked potato

snack: 1 bowl of cabbage

lunch: a mixed salad containing lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and cucumber.

snack: 1 bowl of steamed or raw broccoli

dinner: 1 bowl of green beans/ Cucumber or Cooked bottle guard. (as it is great for weight loss)

snack: 1 bowl of sliced cucumbers

My body was shifting on energies and getting use to a different routine. Basically, my sugar level stays low hence, I felt dizzy. One should know about their body and how it will react to certain things. I was prepared for this. I added carrots in my diet because of this. It is manageable, not impossible. I added spinach to my diet for this day as it is rich in nutrients, and you must gear up for the rest of the week. You just got to hang in there. Did elliptical for 40 mins followed by ABS crunches.

Day 3: Day 3 — Fruit and vegetables

People can eat the same foods as days 1 and 2, avoiding bananas and potatoes.

breakfast: 1 apple or 1 bowl of watermelon

snack: 1 bowl of cherry tomatoes

lunch: a mixed salad

snack: 1 bowl of sliced cucumbers

dinner: 1 bowl of carrots and cucumbers and 1 bowl of strawberries on the side

snack: 1 apple

Till this day I hadn’t checked my weight even once. I forgot about it. I enjoy fruits and vegetables so this day I was happy. I cooked different kinds of veggies and enjoyed fruits thoroughly. Did elliptical for 40 mins followed by ABS crunches.

Day 4: Day 4 — Bananas and milk

Eat bananas either whole or in a smoothie with milk and ice. No other fruits or vegetables are allowed, but people can also eat wonder soup.

breakfast: 2 bananas and 1 glass of milk

snack: 1 smoothie containing banana and skim milk.

lunch: 1 bowl of wonder soup

snack: 1 smoothie containing banana and skim milk.

dinner: wonder soup and 1 banana

Okay, I am not a big fan of bananas so day 4 is not one of my favorite ones. Since I am working from home, so it was not that bad. Also, I started the wonder soup so it was a good support. If you are doing it for the first time then it might be a tough day for you and if you exhort a lot you might face difficulties. I managed to climb stairs 20 times as a cardio. And that was it!

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Day 5: Day 5 — Meat

Eat 20 ounces (oz) of either beef, chicken, or fish. Vegetarians can replace meat with cottage cheese or brown rice.

breakfast: 5–6 oz serving of meat and 2 whole tomatoes

lunch: 7–8 oz serving of meat with 2 whole tomatoes

dinner: 5–6 oz serving of meat with 2 whole tomatoes

snacks: wonder soup or freshly pressed tomato juice

an additional 4 cups of water

I was so excited as I had to eat chicken or fish that day. By this day my body was craving for meat protein. As I am used to of it now because it has been a vital part of my weight-loss plan. I like this day; it is a mood buster for me. Also, I checked my weight this day and I had lost 3 kgs!! No exercise this day.

Check out the link for recipes:

These are few recipes you can use on the days when meat is allowed.

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Day 6: Day 6 — Meat and vegetables

Eat 20 oz of meat and unlimited raw or cooked vegetables, excluding potatoes and tomatoes. Vegetarians can have cottage cheese or brown rice in place of meat.

breakfast: 5–6 oz serving of meat with 1 bowl of vegetables.

lunch: 7–8 oz serving of meat with 1 bowl of vegetables.

dinner: 5–6 oz serving of meat with wonder soup.

snacks: wonder soup.

I had to meet my friends plus weekend, so I first saw my diet plan and then selected the food. I selected grilled chicken with sautéed vegetables. I requested them to keep the oil less.

I felt energetic and not bloated at all. I felt light. Did elliptical for 40 mins.

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Day 7: Day 7 — Rice, fruit, and vegetables

Eat fruit, vegetables, and brown rice. The diet plan for this day permits sugar-free juice.

breakfast: 1 bowl of brown rice and 1 orange or a bowl of watermelon

lunch: 1 bowl of brown rice and 1 glass of sugar-free fruit juice

dinner: 1 bowl of brown rice with 1 bowl of raw or cooked vegetables

snacks: berries, citrus fruits, or wonder soup

I cooked the brown rice and vegetable like Chinese fried rice, as I enjoy it. Also I preferred to add fresh grapefruit natural juice, which I made at home. I was happy to complete the diet successfully. My body did feel good. I felt good. I just couldn’t wait for next day to eat an egg!!

I won’t say it was difficult but required a lot of motivation to stay on track. By the end I enjoyed. I enjoyed making salads, cooking vegetables.

I believe in the fact that you should cook your food and present it well to yourself. Plate your food in a nice way. Treat yourself. Don’t think of it as you can not eat all the other things just think of it as you have made a good decision for yourself.

To cleanse our self, we take social media breaks, vacations, have some me time etc.… same way give your body a break too with food.

Few things I did not stop throughout the diet:

My tea without sugar (I take it without sugar in my daily life as well). Just lessened the amount of milk in it.

My black coffee (As per my schedule) before workout.

My ginger, honey, lemon and cinnamon water.

Loads of water is the key to keep yourself going in this diet!

Few vegetables and fruits I preferred in this diet:

Spinach

Bottle guard

Brinjals

Kiwi

Grapefruit

Oranges

Few veggies and fruits I preferred using in this diet:

Kiwi

Spinach

Brinjals

Bottle guard

Fresh Corns

Mushrooms

Olives

In addition, the diet involves a broth called “wonder soup,” which is a tangy, low-calorie vegetable soup containing cabbage, tomatoes, celery, pepper, and carrots.

People can eat wonder soup as a snack to curb hunger pangs until their next meal.

Just don’t give up!!!

I am attaching different pictures of different meals I took every day. I will mention the days under the picture. Also, will guide you to some GM diet friendly recipes. Adding links in the article.

For tips on a healthy lifestyle, follow:

instagram.com/samanaliving365/

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