Recently, I found out about the GM diet on Pinterest. The diet (or cleanse) takes place over seven consecutive days and claims that it will cause a person to lose 7-10 pounds (this number varies depending on what website describes the diet plan). It initially interested me because it didn’t seem to deprive me of much food, like other cleanses. It simply had restrictions on what to eat each day. Before going on, read about the GM diet and its food restrictions here.
Day 1: This day consisted of eating all fruit. It claims that eating melons is best and a person may lose up to three pounds on the first day. Personally, I stuck to blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches and an all fruit smoothie (without juice- water only). This was definitely the most difficult day for me, but I’m not much of a fruit fan. I couldn’t wait until veggie day!
Day 2: Veggie day! The diet instructed to begin the morning with a baked potato, and then eat as many vegetables as desired. I enjoyed this day but felt a little hungry before I went to sleep. I was not excited for more fruits and veggies on day 3, but noticed I had energy and didn’t feel tired without my morning cup of coffee.
Day 3: Fruits and veggies all day. I struggled on day 3 but thought I would mix it up a little and baked some cauliflower in the oven with a few spices and seasonings. It was delicious and I ended up eating an entire bowl.
Day 4: Ok day 4 sounds a little weird. It requires bananas and milk all day, along with the GM soup that can be eaten to supplement the diet (scroll down to check out my tips on making the soup). Honestly, this was my favorite day. I had three bananas in the morning and a glass of milk, then made the soup for lunch, when I had a couple cups of that and bananas in milk with cinnamon (seen below). It does not sound appetizing, but was actually delicious.
Day 5: “Feast Day.” Day 5 consists of lean beef and tomatoes. I was nervous because raw tomatoes are not my thing. I will eat basically every food in the world but for some reason I just can’t get past raw tomatoes. Other than that, I made ground beef for lunch and tried to choke down some tomatoes. For dinner, I had a small steak (YUM!).
Day 6: I may have cheated a little on this day. Day 6 was beef and veggie day. While I enjoyed cooked mushrooms with spices, I went to a restaurant and had a huge steak for dinner. Even though it sounds like that counts in the diet, I couldn’t help but feel like I indulged a little too much!
Day 7: THE FINAL DAY! I definitely cheated today. The diet calls for brown rice, fruit juices and all the veggies you care to eat. I started off strong, with a salad free from dressing, but couldn’t help myself and ended up getting sushi for dinner. Rice and raw fish can’t be that bad right?
Results: After seven days of being slightly hungry and restricting my diet, I lost five pounds. I was happy with that result, but mostly feel like this diet is just a good kick start to eating healthy in general. Afterward, I felt energized and surprised that I survived the entire week without caffeine. I decided to wait to blog until about a week after the diet’s conclusion to see if the results lasted. After the cleanse, I continued to eat healthy (except for a cheat day) and found that I gained almost all the weight back. I also realized that a good take-away from the diet was that it’s okay to be a little hungry sometimes.
Tips: Make sure to drink the eight to ten glasses of water a day the plan requires. Personally, it helped keep me full and distracted me from what I was not eating. Also, the recipe for the GM magic soup called for:
28 oz. water, 6 large onions, 2 green peppers, whole tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 head cabbage, 1 bunch celery, 4 envelopes lipton onion soup mix, herbs and flavoring as desired.
Instead, I chose to include:
22 oz. water, 4 large onions, 1 green pepper, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 bunch celery, 0 envelopes lipton onion soup mix, handful of diced mushrooms, garlic powder.
I thought my soup tasted amazing and definitely did not need the amount of onions listed or any of the onion soup mix. It had plenty of flavor and I will probably make this soup in the future, diet or not.