A number of people are constantly trying new diets in order to lose weight. However, whether a weight loss plan can work depends on numerous factors, including sex, age, constitution, etc.
Another very important factor which has a huge influence on the metabolism and weight loss is the person’s blood type, according to Dr. Peter D’Adamo.
Some experts disagree with this method of nutrition, but since his book was published, the more than 7 million sold copies worldwide speak for themselves.
How Does the Blood Type Diets Works?
D’Adamo’s theory says that each person has its responses to food, which are closely connected with our blood type. He says that lectins (carbohydrate-binding proteins) can correspond to different blood type in a different way. It can be extremely dangerous on your health if certain lectins get in contact with certain blood type.
Dr. D’Adamo closely explains these side-effects and changes in his book, but, his main goal is to analyze which foods are appropriate for each blood type and the amount in which they should be consumed.
The Four Basic Blood Types:
1. BLOOD TYPE A:
Twenty thousand years ago, when agriculture was developing, this blood type had the change of a lifetime. This means that people with blood type A should concentrate on living a vegetarian way of life – this people are also known as “the agrarians”.
2. BLOOD TYPE 0:
Because it’s one of the oldest blood types, dating from more than 30 000 years ago, it requires a protein-filled nutrition, unlike any of the other blood types. The people that are blood type 0 are also known as “the hunters”.
3. BLOOD TYPE B:
The people from this blood type are known as “the nomads” because they possess the quality to be quite adaptable to dairy products and have the most versatile digestive system of all. It first appeared ten thousand years ago.
4. BLOOD TYPE AB:
Since this is the newest blood type, their diet varies between Blood type B and A. Because this blood type is just a thousand years old, the people are called “the enigmas”.
BLOOD TYPE A:
Consume: whole grains instead of small ones (pasta or bread), vegetables. Also, consume berries, avocados, figs, nectarines and apples. Allowed proteins are nuts and soy.
Do Not Consume: Any kind of meat is not recommended as well as kidney beans and dairy products.
BLOOD TYPE 0:
Consume: Seafood, Red meat, poultry (chicken/turkey) and other proteins are highly recommended. When it comes to vegetables spinach, kale, broccoli and kelp are a good choice.
Do Not Consume: legumes (beans, peanuts, lentils), dairy and egg products, as well as grains and wheat.
BLOOD TYPE B:
Consume: green vegetables, fruits, certain grains, turkey, red meat, fish.
Do Not Consume: any kind of seeds, peanuts, chicken, lentils and corn. And try to avoid buckwheat.
BLOOD TYPE AB:
Consume: tofu, turkey, seafood and fish. Also, vegetables, beans, watermelon, figs, apples and bananas and legumes are a good option.
Do Not Consume: corn, red meat (you may experience stomach acid), buckwheat. Be careful with consuming big quantities of alcohol and caffeine.
Organic food can be applied to all blood types and a nutritionist can help you enrich your diet if necessary. Generally the food groups are strict, so you if you are dieting you don’t have to worry about calories. Also, first of all get informed about the positive and negative side-effects of your food choice. If you are dieting with your family and you all have different blood types, the Atkins diet is the recommended one for you, because it avoids entire food groups.
The nutrition in accordance with your blood type can be suitable for one person, but unsuitable for other. Reading Dr. D’Adamo’s book may be very helpful in getting a grip of the whole concept. Your nutritionist or medic can also help you with giving you proper advice on any change you want to make, especially if you are suffering from any medical condition.
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