General Motors Diet Review
This odd diet offers unlimited eating (yes strings attached) and guarantees 10-17 pounds of weight loss. One day you are mandated to eat six tomatoes. Another day, you eat unlimited beef. Yet another day ensures colorless urine. Eight bananas on Day 4? Meanwhile, other aspects of the diet, like the fat burning “GM wonder soup” are well tread and unsurprising diet territory.
So how was it? Well, I lost the promised 10-17 pounds (10 to be exact) in 7 days. I didn’t expect to keep it off…and I did not. I didn’t try to. I consider it a monumental success that I didn’t put on more than my equilibrium weight the following weeks, backlashing against the fruit and veggie assault of the General Motors Diet.
Day by day, I found the General Motors Diet infinitely more bearable than the juice diet of 2015. At least here I could chew. The diet becomes more bearable as the week progresses – that’s a big benefit. I wasn’t hungry and I wasn’t shy about indulging in the “unlimited” aspects of the diet. Despite being largely veggie averse, I didn’t abuse the unlimited fruit/veggie day and the unlimited beef/veggie day. I made it a point to eat a majority of veggies each day.
The weirdest parts were (a) eating a baked potato for breakfast, and (b) eating a mandatory six tomatoes in one day. The least surprising part was that the GM “Wonder Soup” was rank.
The fun of engaging in this diet is not the food. And it’s not the promise of weight loss or health. Any amusement here is purely from the lingering curiosity about whether the diet’s origin is real or if it’s all some crackpot hoax. Reading the GM diet’s “official” description, hardly helps. It’s written in an manner that is somehow both corporate and poetic (“finish off the program like a good cigar used to finish off a Victorian meals.”)
Legend has it this unique diet was approved for employees by the Board of Directors of General Motors (yes, the same GM that makes cars), passed as an official action of the company in a board meeting on August 15, 1985. GM denied its association with the diet to the New York Times in 2009. It is a dubious urban legend. But…
Isn’t it just possible that this diet really was created by GM as an Americanized version of a Japanese program, imported from the East in an era when US industry realized that Japan was manufacturing circles around it? Maybe, just maybe the GM Board really really believed that their legions of greasy handed, blue collar assembly line workers would become lean, mean, car manufacturing machines with the right diet? Maybe it’s simply another Japanese management tactic that didn’t fit the American palate (if you don’t know what I mean, go to Blockbuster Video and rent a VHS of the Michael Keaton classic, Gung Ho).
We’ll be saving up to buy a share of GM stock so that we can request archived meeting minutes and ask pointed questions about the diet at shareholder meetings.
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