Despite its name, the General Motors cleansing diet was not developed by — nor is it affiliated with — General Motors, a company spokesman reported in 2009.

Also known as the Sacred Heart diet, the Cleveland Clinic diet and the Spokane Heart diet, the plan has been criticized by nutrition experts as being an unhealthy and unsustainable way to lose weight.

Talk to your doctor before beginning any version of the General Motors diet.

Basic Premise

The General Motors cleansing diet and its many variations are based on two concepts that supposedly stimulate your body to burn fat:

  1. eating an unlimited amount of cabbage-based soup
  2. pairing only certain foods together at a time.

By strictly following these guidelines, you’ll allegedly lose between 10 and 15 pounds in the plan’s seven days.

While the diet is said to have been used by General Motors after being studied by the Johns Hopkins Research Center, there is no evidence to back up this claim.

Diet Guidelines

Each day of the General Motors cleansing diet features a cabbage soup prepared from vegetables, packaged soup mix, broth or bouillon and vegetable juice cocktail consumed along with a specific set of foods.


Day 1

To start with the first day you may be little nervous.

But take a deep breath and let’s start.

This day is your fruit day.

On this day you will be eating only fruits.

You can take all fruits except bananas, mangoes, litchi, and grapes.

You can eat as much you want.

There is no restriction on the quantity you take.Prefer for lime, watermelon, oranges, pomegranates, melons, strawberries and apples on this day.

You can consume fruits 20 times in a day. It is not necessary that you have to eat 20 times.

This can be greater or less than 20 based on your diet.

You don’t have to add any extra thing on your fruit salad. It should be a pure fruit day for you.

Furthermore, if you eat only melons on this day then you can lose 3 pounds on this first day.


Day 2

You will eat only vegetables on this day either raw or boiled.

You can start your day with a baked potato with a pat of butter.

This will provide you necessary energy for the whole day.

On the whole day, you have to eat raw or boiled vegetables.

Choose vegetables according to your taste.Take only 1 potato this day.

You can add a pinch of basil and oregano seasoning to make vegetables taste better.

This day will provide necessary nutrients and fibers to your body.

And also it is a no-calorie.



Day 3

You will eat a combination of what you were eating for last two days.

Eat only those fruits that you have eaten on day 1.

And also avoid having a potato on this day.

You can eat as much as you want.

You will start losing excess fat of your body from this day.

So keep going.


Day 4

Now on this day, you can eat about 6 bananas.

And along with it, you can drink 4 glasses of milk.

The whole bananas will provide necessary sodium and potassium to your body.

You can also have a soup this day.

The ingredients of soup will be onions, garlic, capsicum, and tomatoes.

This soup is nutritious and helps you in weight loss.

Moreover, you can have this soup only once in the whole day.


Day 5

Diet of this day will provide necessary proteins for your body.

The food items that you will eat on this day are rich in proteins.

These are sprouts, tomatoes, and cottage cheese.

You can also have soya chunks in your diet for this day.

Also, make soup of above ingredients and have it.

You can have 6 tomatoes and also you should drink more water on this day.

Water will help you in flushing out toxins from your body.

Tomatoes will provide fiber and help in the digestion.


Day 6

You can eat cottage cheese and sprouts and other vegetables on this day.

But, you have to avoid tomatoes on this day.

You can have soup and water on this day.

This day is like day 5 with no tomatoes.

You will get necessary fiber and vitamins for your body from the vegetables.



Day 7

By meal day, I didn’t mean whole but some of them. Like one or half chapatti, and 1 cup of brown rice.

And you can also have the fresh juice of fruits.

You can also eat other vegetables of your taste and wish.

And drink lots of water.

This day you will feel light and happy.

Because by this day you have lost 5- 8 kg of weight.

This is the 7-day diet plan for you to lose weight.

If you will follow this diet then you will definitely lose weight within 7 days.



Eating soup before a meal can help you consume fewer total calories, reported a study published in the journal “Appetite” in 2007.

In this study, subjects ate 20 percent less at lunch if they first ate a serving of vegetable soup.

The mandatory cabbage soup in the General Motors diet may have the same effect and may aid with weight loss.

In 2009, “New York Times” columnist Roger Cohen claimed in an article that he lost 11 pounds in one week after following the plan.


The General Motors cleansing diet meets the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ definition of a fad program that dieters should avoid: It does not advocate exercise, it claims specific foods and food combinations will trigger weight loss and promises to help you lose a significant number of pounds in a short amount of time.

University of Florida nutritional scientist Elaine Turner adds that the majority of weight you may lose on the plan is water and that most dieters will regain the pounds once they return to their normal eating habits.

The recommended cabbage soup is high in sodium, and following the diet for longer than a week may increase your likelihood of nutritional deficiencies.


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