By Matthew Yglesias
Roger Cohen takes time out of his normal job as a New York Times columnist to pen a, well, New York Times column—but it’s a bizarre one—about something called “The General Motors Diet” even though his reporting reveals it has nothing to do with GM. Apparently this is the secret to weight loss:
Downsizing is not that radical with the diet, but it is rapid. A first day of fruit, especially melon, is followed by a day of vegetables — quantity is immaterial. On the third day, it’s fruit and vegetables (but no potatoes).
Day Four brings you bananas (up to eight) and milk. On this day, you’re also encouraged to drink a vegetable soup (called “G.M.’s Wonder Soup”) that may be consumed any day if hunger pangs get severe. The fifth day is devoted to beef and tomatoes. Day Six: beef and vegetables. And you round things out with a day of brown rice, vegetables and fruit juice.
As with most gimmick diets, I take it that what’s going on here is really just that this pattern is weird and not very tasty. If a bunch of people try to force themselves onto this schedule, a majority of them will find themselves eating less food than they do under an “eat stuff that I feel like eating” diet and thus lose weight.