Fad diets – General Motors Diet

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Fad diets – General Motors Diet

In this edition of bestonhealth newsletter we are telling you about the General Motors diet.

General Motors Diet

This diet plan was named after General Motors as it was developed for employees and dependents of General Motors, Inc.This program was developed in conjunction with a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

This diet plan consists of specific food recommendations for a week and all the followers have to follow these guidelines strictly. The basic structure of this diet therapy for seven days is as follows:

  • Day One Fruits (except bananas) First day will consist of all the fruits you want.
  • Day Two All vegetables. You can eat any type of cooked or raw vegetables. There is no limit on the amount or type.
  • Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas and potatoes.
  • Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as bananas and drink milk.
  • Day Five feast day. You can take rice (for vegetarians) or beef (non-vegetarians) with tomatoes.
  • Day Six Rice (for vegetarians) or beef (non-vegetarians) with vegetables. You may eat an unlimited amount of rice/beef and vegetables.
  • Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

Additional precautions– During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol and alcohol based drinks. However, you must drink at least 10 glasses of water each day.


  • This diet plan is very motivating as it shows the immediate and significant (visible) effect of diet therapy.
  • It also improves the mood and mental state of dieter as it also helps in detoxifying the body.


  • This diet plan is difficult to follow as it requires a lot of discipline and self-control.
  • As soon as the dieter returns to the regular meal habits, most of the lost kilos come back. So, there is a tendency of weight regain.
  • Can give rise to binge eating habits due to the boredom involved in eating only one type of food at a time.

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