Have you ever considered that your body make up, more specifically your blood, should be taken into account when looking at your diet? Well the blood type diet, created by naturopath Peter D’Adamo, looks at just that – focusing on how the foods that you eat react chemically with your blood type. The argument for the programme is that by following a diet designed specifically for your blood type will see your body digest food more efficiently. This can help you loose weight, gain energy and help prevent disease.
Famous fans of this diet include Liz Hurley, Courtney Cox, Cheryl Cole, Martine McCutcheon and Sir Cliff Richard – who claim the diet has helped energy levels and how they feel rather than loosing lots of weight.
Most medical and nutrition experts however do not approve of this diet or agree with any of the claims from D’Adamo.
But what are you supposed to do for your blood type if you were to follow this diet?
Type O: D’Adamo suggests that if you are blood type O you focus on a high-protein, low-carb diet that is full of lean meat, poultry, fish and vegetables whilst cutting down on grains, beans and dairy. Think Atkins, this is a similar diet concept. To complement your blood type diet you should also undertake lots of vigorous aerobic exercise such as running or aerobics.
Type A: If you are the second most common blood type in the UK, type A, D’Adamo recommends a meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains. He also states that these foods should be organic and fresh because people with type A blood have sensitive immune system so that can help. It is also suggested that a calming exercise regime is ideal so why not try some yoga or golf?
Type B: People with type B blood should eat green vegetables, eggs, meats and low-fat dairy whilst avoiding corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, chicken and sesame seeds. Focus on avoiding processed foods to help! The perfect exercises for type B blood groups include some type of mental component, for example; hiking, tennis and swimming.
Type AB: With the rare AB blood types it is suggested that you focus on foods such as tofu, seafood, dairy and green vegetables. Think a vegetarian diet with the occasional meat, diary or fish meal. Due to the low levels of stomach acid frequently found in people with AB blood things such as caffeine, alcohol and smoked or cured meats. A similarly mixed exercise regime is recommended with both calming exercises and moderately intensive activities.
So what is the verdict on this particular diet? Well in my opinion this is an extreme diet that would prove high maintenance for anyone trying to follow it with the restrictions on what can be eaten and the narrow view on what exercises should be undertaken, all based upon some pseudo-scientific theories surrounding evolutionary concepts and blood types.
Please let us know if you have your own experiences of the blood type diets or if you have your own opinions surrounding this diet, we’d love to hear from you so why not drop us a note in the comments below?
**As with all diet plans the results vary from person to person, I am no doctor so to find out more about if a plan is suitable for you before you begin be sure to talk to your GP or a nutritionist to see if it is right for you.**