Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you shed some LBs while improving your overall health. That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet spawned by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo.
It's D'Adamo's belief that the foods you consume create a chemical reaction in your system based on your blood type. Subsequently, if you follow a diet specifically designed for your blood type, you provide your body with nutrition which can be digested more efficiently. In turn, it's D'Adamo's assumption you'll lose weight, have more energy, and will be able to fight off disease more effectively.
So sure is Adama that this type of diet can produce these kind of results, he's had developers produce an app that will aid you in the process.The official Blood Type Diet® follows all of the guidelines outlined in D'Anamo's international best selling book, Eat Right For Your Type®.
According to the promo listed at Apple's iTune store, "Whether you are new to the Blood Type Diet® or a long time supporter, this app priced at $3.99 provides the food lists that are Right for Your Type® at your fingertips.
It’s convenient when shopping, traveling, dining out, or simply when you are at home and don’t want to check the Eat Right For Your Type® book. The Blood Type Diet® app lists the beneficial, neutral, and avoid foods for all four blood types. You can easily search for any food by its category such as vegetables, fish, and beverages or by the name of the food itself."
Does It Work?
Web MD says, it's hard to tell whether the Blood Type Diet works, because there haven't been any comparative case studies directly comparing weight loss and health in people who were on the diet versus those who weren't.
One study points to other benefits. It found that people with certain blood types got more of a cholesterol-lowering benefit from eating a low-fat diet -- but, it didn't prove whether or not, D'Adamo's Blood Type Diet can actually produce weight loss.
What You Can Eat
That depends on your blood type. Here's what D'Adamo recommends for each type:
Type O blood (most common blood type): A high-protein diet heavy on lean meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and light on grains, beans, and dairy. D'Adamo also recommends various supplements to help with tummy troubles and other issues he says people with type O tend to have.
More on 0 Blood type here:
[Note: any resemblence of Peter J. D'Adamo to Bela Lugosi is purely coincidental - I think!]
Type A blood: A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains -- ideally, organic and fresh, because D'Adamo says people with type A blood have a sensitive immune system.
Type B blood: Avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Chicken is also problematic, D'Adamo says. He encourages eating green vegetables, eggs, certain meats, and low-fat dairy.
Type AB blood: Foods to focus on include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables. He says people with type AB blood tend to have low stomach acid. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoked or cured meats.
Exercise: The Blood Type Diet recommends exercises based on your blood type. For instance, it suggests yoga or tai chi for type A’s, and vigorous aerobic exercises like jogging or biking for up to an hour a day for type O’s.
So, if you don't already know your blood type, you'll need to find that out before testing D'Adamo's diet regimen. And if you're the sort of bloke or gal that only lives on a blood diet, you might want to be more selective before choosing your next victim! (You can get the app here.)