Weight loss Diaries Vol. 10 : Post-festival Cleanse Diet


Hey everyone!

The last week wasn’t the easiest week for anyone trying to lose weight. Being Diwali week, there was temptation in the form of sweets and fried food all around! I did indulge a little bit while I was at home but not too much – I didn’t eat carbs at night, ate only home made sweets when I did (in the day time only) and tried to exercise most days. I have now moved to Level 2 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and it is tough! But for a change, I’m enjoying my workout!

I thought this would be a great time to do a cleanse diet and the General Motors diet immediately came to mind. The GM diet was basically developed for the employees of the company and is a week-long diet that is meant to cleanse and de-toxify the body. It starts off with only fruits and vegetables for the first few days but then rice is introduced on the last day. I’d done it many years ago since most adults around me were doing it at time but the results weren’t the greatest (I’m a carbohydrate slave!). I’m hoping this time around it will be better.


 Post-festival Cleanse Diet | General Motors Diet
Post-festival Cleanse Diet | General Motors Diet




I’m hoping to get better control of my cravings, cleanse my body by consuming lots of fruits and undo the little damage I might have done in the past week. Even though the program description says that it can be done as many times as you want, I wouldn’t recommend it as a regular way of eating. Its good to do a cleanse every few months but if you do it too often, you run the risk of depriving your body of nutrients. You also run the risk of piling on weight if when you go back to a normal diet after too many weeks of this diet.

I’ll be starting my 7-day diet today i.e Saturday, 17th Nov so by the next issue of the Weight Loss Diaries, I would have completed the diet and I can tell you about how the cleanse worked for me! If any of you would also like to embark on this cleanse diet with me, you can have a look at the info regarding the diet below :



The General Motors Diet


The following diet and health program was developed for employees and dependents of General Motors, Inc. and is intended for their exclusive use. This program was developed in conjunction with a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It was field tested at the Johns Hopkins Research Centre and was approved for distribution by the Board of Directors, General Motors Corp. at a general meeting on August 15, 1985. General Motors Corp. wholly endorses this program and is making it available to all employees and families. This program will be available at all General Motors Food Service Facilities. It is management’s intention to facilitate a wellness and fitness program for everyone.


This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lbs per week. It will also improve your attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects. 

The effectiveness of this seven day plan is that the food eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value. 

This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.


  • Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good. 
  • Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter. 
  • Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today. 
  • Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities. 
  • Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing. 
  • Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content. 
  • Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

 During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol.

You must drink 10 glasses of water each day. 


G.M.’S Wonder Soup

The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup. 

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 Flavouring as desired. 


Additional Comments 

Vegetables as may be taken in the form of a salad if desired. No dressing except malt, white or wine vinegar, squeezed lemon, garlic, herbs. No more than one tea spoon of oil. 

You have been given a recipe for the WONDER SOUP which can be eaten in unlimited quantities. This soup is a supplement while you are on the program and it should be a pleasure to eat. Not everyone likes cabbage, green peppers, calory etc. This recipe is not inflexible. You may substitute vegetables according to your taste. You may add any vegetables you like: asparagus, peas, corn, turnips, green beans, cauliflower, etc. Try to stay away from beans (lima, pinto, kidney, etc.), however, because they tend to be high in calories even though they are very good for you.


Beverages you may consume while on the program : 

Water (flavoured with lemon/lime if desired).

Club Soda is OK.

Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.

Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.

Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.


How and Why It Works


  • Day One you are preparing your system for the upcoming programme. Your only source of nutrition is fresh or canned fruits. Fruits are nature’s perfect food. They provide everything you could possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety. 
  • Day Two starts with a fix of complex carbo-hydrates coupled with an oil dose. This is taken in the morning for energy and balance. The rest of day two consists of vegetables which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fibre. 
  • Day Three eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from the fruits. You system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You will still have cravings which should start to diminish by day four. 
  • Day Four, bananas, milk and soup sound the strangest and least desirable. You’re in for a surprise. You probably will not eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there for the potassium you have lost and the sodium you may have missed the past three days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets. You will be surprised how easy this day will go. 
  • Day Five, Beef and tomatoes. The beef is for iron and proteins, the tomatoes are for digestion and fibre. Lots and lots of water purifies your system. You should notice colourless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of five “quarter ponders”. Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat the six tomatoes. 
  • Day Six is similar to day five, Iron and proteins from beef, Vitamins and fibre from vegetables. By now your system is in a total weight loss inclination. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you look today, compared to day one. 
  • Day Seven finished off the program like a good cigar used to finish off Victorian meals, except much healthier. You have your system under control and it should thank you for the flushing and cleaning you just gave it.
[note color=”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried Cleanse diets? How did they work for you? Let me know your comments below! [/note]


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  1. Oh, I kinda did the GM diet when I was much younger…I found it quite easy because you can eat as much as you want in fruits and veggies..but around day 4 my mum said I was starting to look pale and sunken so she made me stop 🙁
    Btw, tried the 30 day shred..DAMN, it is hard..shows how unfit I am 😉 But now I’ve started doing the Biggest loser power walk workout which has 4 intensity levels. I find it very enjoyable and easy while still feeling tired and exhilarated at the end of it. I personally don’t like workouts that are too intense..I know I’ll lose motivation soon if it’s a struggle.

    1. The 30 day shred is hard! I’m on level 2 and it is really tough on my upper body (arms/shoulders)! I’ll check out Biggest loser power walk, thanks for sharing!

  2. GM Diet has been used by many, but its possibly one of the worst diets ever, causing mood swings, depression and dizziness. the lack of protein makes the diet really unhealthy. I used to be a GM dieter till I got the news about the way it was seriously harming my body. Crash Diets like this never work in the long run and I used to lose 2-3 kilos in a week and gain it back within the next three days, because most of what I lost was water weight.

  3. I haven’t really tried the GM diet yet but looks like something I need to get rid of the water weight. I guess after the 7th day shifting to exercise will help burn the fat.

    1. I stopped after 2 days, it made me too weak! Plus I realised its actually slowing down my metabolism which is slow anyway so I’m harming my body by doing the full diet!

  4. I did GM diet around 2 and a half years back. It’s a terrible way to lose weight, really. I felt seriously ill after completing this diet and had to be on medications for around a month. I lost only 2 kgs while I was on this diet but for the reason that this diet made me fall ill afterwards and I had such severe burns in my intestines I wasn’t able to eat anything, not even juice. I was surviving on water and curd and buttermilk, that made me lose 4 Kgs in 1 week. Technically speaking, no weight lost as such, all I lost was my sanity and my beautiful hair which started shedding out like autumn leaves. Only thing I gained out of this diet was dark circles.

  5. I have tried the GM 3 or 4 times now..probably 2 times a year for past 2 years..and I mostly do it after indulging on festivals like diwali or a attending a string of unending marriages/functions. It def helps to cleanse ur system and the cravings will vanish after 4th day..so jus be strong till then!

    1. Thank you Kejal. I’ve just gone through Day 1 and resisted major carb cravings in the evening but I am beginning to feel light already!

      1. The second day got reallly bad. I felt too weak, couldnt do anything and my head hurt so much. Finally stopped the diet, couldnt keep it up! Back to my normal diet, it was 2 days of utter misery!

  6. I’ve done GM diet in recent times and it’s not as tuff as it seems. Keep stomach full ALWAYS. Then u’ll not get the craving. Only difficulty for me is, I love spicy stuff so having only fruits veggies made my tongue numb.:)

    1. I tried keeping my stomach full but didn’t work. When I don’t eat carbs for long, my head starts aching real bad and that is what happened the second day. Ditched it finally, back to my old diet now!

      1. hey it was tough for me too esp the 2nd and 3rd day but once u manage to get past it ul notice that your skin is actually glowing…the only downside is ul gain all the weight u lose pretty soon if u do not stick to a good diet n exercise regimen afterwards ….it worked for me the first time-n im a person who gets headaches n feels dizzy if i skip my early morning tea!!

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