For anyone who doesn’t know what the GM diet is:
It is a weight loss management plan developed by the General Motors Corporation to help keep their employees stay in shape.
If you’re reading this, it means I survived.
My routine Facebook feed consists of memes and cartoons that are all about food. Even my instagram feed is flooded with pictures of cafes, restuarants and food. What I gather from this is that everyone loves food. Of course.
I love food, I appreciate and celebrate food. I’m constantly hungry. Although I am picky about the food I eat, I ravenously dig into food I like. So why would you go on a diet, Sania? Why? You know you’ve been trying since 2005. It is simply not.going to. happen. Why even bother? Speaking of cake, there is a delicious slice in the fridge.
Ignoring my alter ego, I plunged into the challenge (Okay, crawled).
Day 1: Eat unlimited fruits all day long except mangoes and bananas. Yup. Fruits are not so bad, right? It started out fine. I ate a bowl of fruits for breakfast, took an apple on the go, munched on grapes and oranges at work, ate melons and pears. By dinner time, I couldn’t look at another fruit. I just couldn’t. I like fruits though so it was good but I don’t think I’m going to be working on my Macbook Pro anymore because Apple.
Result: Lost a kilo.
Day 2: Eat unlimited vegetables. My mom worked really hard on trying to make them as edible as they can get without frying them. I ate carrots, cucumbers, brinjals, peas. I could hear my stomach’s gasp of surprise as vegetables tumbled down. My body gave me a standing ovation.
Result: Further half a kilo
Day 3: Combination of fruits and vegetables. Did I mention my sister decided to take on this diet with me? She bought a huge icecream cake for mom as a late mother’s day present and since me and her are the primary eaters of the family, it lies uncut in the fridge (isn’t it beautiful?).
I was losing self control and willpower. Luckily I lacked energy to open the box. I’m just going to skip what I had this day because it is pretty much equation 1 plus 2. Also I cheated a little and ate a packet of chips.
Result: 2 kilos lost.
Day 4: Bananas, soup and milk. Somehow much better than Day 3 even with a limited number of options. Sister decided to quit diet. Ordered chicken and fries and ate them gloriously. I ignored her and ate my soup- is what I would like to say. I didn’t. I ATE CHICKEN AND 2 FRIES. ALSO ATE ANOTHER PACKET OF CHIPS. NOO. ALL THAT FOR NOTHING.
Result: 2 kilos still.
Day 5: Chicken/beef and tomatoes. Technically, yesterday’s slip up could still be saved right? I ate chicken for dinner so maybe I should eat soup for breakfast? Mom’s idea. I thought she was right, it could balance it out. So I will drink soup and eat chicken and salad for lunch and dinner.
Result: 2.5 kilos.
Day 6: Chicken and vegetables. Didn’t have a chance to eat breakfast. Ate grilled chicken in the afternoon and burgers and fries for dinner. Ate vegetables too.
Result: 2.5 kilos
Day 7: Wasn’t true to myself and completely let go of the diet. Ate some chocolate cake to reward myself for trying at least.
Overall, it is obviously an extreme diet. Pros: helps motivate you when you step on the weighing scale and actually feel the weight loss burn (I did at least). Cons: This was hard and required near kung-fu like willpower strength. I know I cheated a little and now looking back on what I have written, it doesn’t seem even slightly motivational but that was because I was just being honest. It is hard. It is better if you follow other diets or stick to plain eating good food and exercising. Although do it if you need a slight push to nudge you in the right direction. I did it because I think that is what I needed and I hope to stick to a better, if not completely healthy lifestyle after this.
Some more tips:
- Drink loads and loads of water throughout.
- Don’t need much exercise- 10 minutes should be fine.