Blood Type Diet
The Blood Type Diet, developed by Peter J. D’Adamo, ND, is a very unique diet that focuses on your specific blood type. D’Adamo believes that blood types affect the digestive system and that certain foods are healthy for one blood type and “dangerous” for another. In addition to eating certain foods based on your blood type, the Blood Type Diet also suggests that people with certain blood types should exercise in a certain manner because they are more susceptible to specific illnesses.
If you are one of those people who are looking to lose weight but do not feel like tracking calories or fat grams, the Blood Type Diet may be right for you. However, if more than one person in your household is looking to go on this diet and does not share your blood type, it may be difficult to stay within the constrictions of the diet for both of you to see any positive results.
How to Do It
As you would expect, the Blood Type Diet you will follow depends solely on your blood type. If you are blood type O, D’Adamo suggests that your metabolism will benefit from lean meats, poultry, and fish. You are restricted from eating grains, breads, and legumes. Also, you should get plenty of exercise in order to see the best results.
If you are blood type A, which also stands for “Agrarian” in this diet, your plan will be more of a vegetarian diet. D’Adamo believes people with type A blood inherited their metabolism from “more settled and less warlike ancestors.” This diet plan contains lots of soy proteins, grains, and organic vegetables. Gentle exercise is also encouraged during the Type A diet plan to promote further weight loss.
Dieters with type B blood have a more nomadic digestive system and can eat low-fat dairy, meat, and produce during their meals. However, those with type B blood should avoid wheat, corn and lentils. Moderate exercise is recommended for this diet group.
Finally, those with type AB blood have a more sensitive digestive track and should avoid chicken, beef and pork, but are encouraged to enjoy seafood, tofu, dairy, and most produce. An exercise regimen that includes calming exercise will best suit those with type AB blood when following the Blood Type Diet.
Does it Really Work?
While the Blood Type Diet is lacking in scientific evidence proving that certain blood types benefit from eating specific types of food, there are some good diet recommendations included with this diet plan. Reducing your daily calorie intake while simultaneously increasing the amount of exercise you get will help promote weight loss regardless of your blood type.