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Low Carb Recipes: Tips and Tricks to Stick with this Short Seven-day Diet

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According to urban legend, the GM diet was created in 1985 for General Motors' employees. The true origins of this diet, which bases its success on low carb recipes, is still a mystery. However significant research went into designing this diet to eliminate toxins from your body. It not only makes you feel healthier, you can also expect to lose between 10 and 17 pounds in your first week.

Low carb recipes, such as those used for the GM diet, are scientifically proven to be successful. Whether you follow the keto diet and eat lots of fat or the Atkins diet which is high in protein, nutritionists do not doubt a low-carb diet is the way to go. Keep reading to learn all about the GM diet, how it leads to success, and tips and tricks to stick with this short and simple seven-day diet.

About the GM Diet

The GM diet, or General Mills diet, was allegedly a collaboration between the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on extensive research at the Johns Hopkins Research Center. Here is the breakdown of the GM diet day by day.

Day One

Eat as much fruit as you want, especially melons such as honeydew melons and cantaloupes, to detox the body. Avoid fruit very high in sugar such as bananas and mangoes.

Day Two

Eat all the raw vegetables you want or cooked veggies with up to one teaspoon of oil. Limit your consumption of potatoes to breakfast only.

Day Three

Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want to complete the three-day detox. Avoid produce high in carbohydrates such as potatoes and bananas.

Day Four

Consume only six large or eight small bananas and three glasses of milk. If you are vegan, you may substitute almond milk. You may also begin eating unlimited quantities of vegetable soup starting today.

Day Five

On day five, consume two 10-ounce portions of beef, fish or chicken. This comes out to a total of 568 grams which you can split up into smaller portions if you wish. You may also eat six whole tomatoes throughout the day as snacks. Vegetarians may replace the meat with cottage cheese and vegans may substitute brown rice for the meat. Add an extra two glasses of water to flush out the additional uric acid.

Day Six

Eat two 10-ounce portions of chicken, fish or beef. Eat as many vegetables as you want excluding potatoes. You may substitute other proteins for the meat such as cottage cheese or brown rice. Drink an extra two glasses of water.

Day Seven

Eat brown rice, veggies, fruit and fruit juice. This is the last day of your GM diet.

GM Diet Meal Plan

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Our bodies can become addicted to sugar just like they can to caffeine, nicotin, and alcohol. You may experience moderate withdrawal symptoms from processed food if you previously ate a highly processed diet. To get through this, drink plenty of water, aim for at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and exercise. Knowing just a few simple low carb recipes, it is easy to follow the GM diet meal plan. Here are the basics.

Do's of the Diet

To flavor your food, use garlic, herbs, lemon, white vinegar and wine vinegar. Starting on day four, you can eat the GM vegetable soup whenever you want without feeling guilty about it. You may also change the recipe of the GM diet soup with fresh, local seasonal vegetables if you would like. Your vegetables may be cooked with up to a teaspoon of oil or in the form of a salad. You may eat whichever vegetables you want. Just be cautious of legumes.

Do Not's of the Diet

Do not skip one of the days of this diet. Follow each day, in order, for the best results. Avoid salad dressings and beans which are high in calories and carbohydrates such as lima, pinto, baked and kidney beans. Do not use over a teaspoon of oil when cooking your vegetables. A teaspoon adds 40 calories while a tablespoon adds 120 calories.

Classes of Fruits

Fruits high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals but low in fructose include lemon, lime certain berries and rhubarb. Fruits with a moderate amount of sugar include strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, papayas, nectarines, honeydew melons and cantaloupe, grapefruit and most apples. Kiwis, pears, oranges, plums and pineapples are relatively high in sugar. Fruits very high in sugar include tangerines, pomegranates, mangoes, dried fruit, figs, grapes, cherries and bananas.

Top 10 Low Carb Recipes for the GM Diet

While the GM diet lasts only seven days, these 10 great low carb recipes are great additions to your weekly or monthly rotation of staples.

Tenderloin Recipe

Season one cup of beef, turkey or chicken tenderloin strips by rubbing it with the lemon zest of one lemon. Let it rest for at least 10 minutes, then season with pepper, sea salt and coriander to taste. Grill or pan sear for four to five minutes on each side, depending on the thickness. Use an internal meat thermometer to ensure your poultry is cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve with sliced tomatoes.

Cabbage Soup

Chop your favorite vegetables such as green peppers, celery, tomatoes, carrots, cabbages and onions into small pieces. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil to a pressure cooker pan without the lid and warm on the stove. Fry the onions until they are golden brown and add the rest of the vegetables. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and enough water to cover all the vegetables. Add the lid to the pressure cooker and allow it to cook for three to four whistles. Turn the stove off and leave the cooker on the burner for five to seven minutes. Enjoy.

Pepperoni Pizza

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan, 2 cups of mozzarella and four large eggs in a medium bowl. Stir until they are well combined and add red pepper flakes, black pepper, sea salt and oregano to taste. Spread into a 1/2" thick round baking sheet. Bake about 12 minutes until lightly golden.

Add two tablespoons of marinara sauce, 1/4 cup of mini pepperoni, 1/2 of a green bell pepper chopped and half a cup of mozzarella. In 10 minutes, your crust should be crispy and your cheese should be melted. Sprinkle with more Parmesan or grate fresh Asiago on top and enjoy.

Brown Rice and Moong Sprouts

Fry half of a chopped onion and three tablespoons of peanuts in olive oil until golden brown. Add 300 ml of water. Once boiling, add 200 grams of brown rice, 1/2 cup of moong sprouts which were soaked overnight in water, chili powder and salt. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle coriander leaves over the rice and enjoy.

Tomato Soup

In a medium pot, add 28 ounces of water, six chopped Vidalia onions, two diced medium tomatoes, two chopped green peppers and Kosher salt and black pepper to taste. When it is half boiled, add red or white cabbage and chopped celery until all ingredients are tender. Enjoy.

Chicken Mushroom Soup

Fry two tablespoons of chopped spring onions, one clove of crushed garlic, one cup of sliced mushrooms, one or two chopped green chiles and one celery stalk in two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add 250 grams of skinless, boneless chicken pieces and fry them for four to five minutes over low heat. Add five to six cups of water - just enough to cover the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste and let simmer for 25 minutes.

Chicken Soup

Use two teaspoons of olive oil to fry a medium onion, one crushed clove of garlic and one medium carrot until tender. Add 500 grams of skinless chicken pieces and fry for three to four minutes. Add 200 grams of diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning to taste. Allow the soup to simmer for 30 minutes.

Chicken Kebab

Skew 250 grams of round skinless chicken pieces on barbecue sticks with two tomatoes, two halved onions, two green bell peppers and two yellow bell peppers. Rub all sides with salt, pepper and olive oil. Cook your chicken kebabs in the oven, on the stove or grill or microwave them until tender. Use an internal meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Serve with cucumber.

Cauliflower Soup

Break a medium head of cauliflower into florets and combine with a shredded medium carrot, a quarter cup of chopped celery, 2.5 cups of water and one vegetable bouillon cube or two teaspoons of chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Stir in three tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper and 3/4 teaspoon of salt with three tablespoons of butter. Gradually add two cups of 2% milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir for two minutes. Stir in a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and a teaspoon of red Tabasco sauce. Stir into the cauliflower mixture.

Guacamole

Combine half of a finely chopped white onion, a finely chopped jalapeno, 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Mash the vegetables with the back of a fork until they start to release their juices. Stir in two diced ripe avocados and two tablespoons of fresh lime juice. To make this one of the most spectacular low carb recipes, use celery and carrots to dip in your guacamole rather than corn or flour tortilla chips.

Conclusion

Low carb recipes, such as those required during and after the GM diet are a sure-fire way to help you lose weight. Try to incorporate low carb recipes into your cooking for at least 14 days after this diet ends, since it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Eat plenty of filling healthy fats, fiber and protein and enjoy being full, happy and healthy.