All you need to know about diet plan according to your blood group
The type of diet dictated by your blood type called the Blood Type Diet is followed by many quite lately. The key to good health and weight loss success may lie in eating as per your blood type and your body’s specific requirements.
Before we go deep into the diet plan according to blood group, lets first eleven into some history of why such a diet plan evolved. This diet was created by the Naturopath, Peter J. D’Adamo. He claims that the food we eat can react chemically with your blood type. So if we eat according to the diet specifically designed for our blood type, our body will digest the food more efficiently. This way we can lose weight better, have more energy, stay healthy and prevent diseases.
D’Adamo explains that protein components in food (lectins) bind with blood cell antigens, which results in blood cell clumping. D’Adamo says that avoiding this clumping can improve health as it helps people to manage their weight better and also helps in fighting cancer and other heart diseases.
Liz Weinandy from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says that lectins may result in dangerous if consumed in large amounts. But he disagrees to D’Adamo, by adding that the side effects may not be that bad. He adds that refusing the harmful effects of these protein components are relatively easy, rendering them harmless.
Yet D’Adamo uses his theory to create separate diets for people with blood types A, B, AB, and O. Additionally, he recommends exercise and overall healthy habits, like drinking enough water. However, the diet is really particular about which what foods are allowed for different blood types.
Now let’s look into the diet prescribed for each blood type.
- Type O: Blood type O is the blood type of an estimated 46 percent of the entire global population. D’Adamo suggests including fruits, vegetables, and lean, organic meats. He strictly prohibits the consumption of wheat, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol for the people of this blood type. D’Adamo also recommends additional supplements to help with tummy troubles and other issues that people with type O usually tend to have.
- Type A: D’Adamo suggests a vegetarian diet for blood type A people. He asks them to consume food in the natural state as much as possible, including more organic and fresh food. Including soy proteins, grains and green vegetables are also advised. This is because, according to D’Adamo, blood type a people suffer from a sensitive immune system.
- Type B: In contrast to the blood type A people, people whose blood is type B are steered to become omnivores who can eat a variety of foods. They should avoid some foods in their diets like corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, sesame seeds, and chicken but start consuming more of goat, lamb, mutton, rabbit, green vegetables, eggs, and low-fat dairy products.
- Type AB: Being the combination of antigens A and B, People whose blood is type AB can enjoy some characteristics of both type A and B. D’Adamo suggests that they should choose tofu, seafood, dairy products, and green vegetables like kale and broccoli. They should avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoked and cured meats. He also advised them to eat more small meals throughout the day, according to the diet.
As we begin this diet, there are some points to keep in mind. If you are not sure about the blood type, you need to do a test and find out your blood type. Another thing to keep in mind is that food restrictions are severe. If you are a coffee or tea lover, you may have to give that up. Also, shopping for cooking depends on your blood type.
D’Adamo suggests regular work out session along with the diet. Again, this depends on your blood type. For blood type A, he recommends Tai Chi and yoga while for blood type O, he suggests vigorous aerobic exercises.
So when following the Blood Type Diet, we should avoid all processed food. This is one of the causes that help us to reduce weight. Although we buy and prepare our own food, the choices are limited depending on the blood type. The diet may be pricey as D’Adamo recommends consuming organic food and other supplements. But as one follows this diet, the main point to keep in mind is there is no research proving that the diet provides more energy or can help in better digestion.