Have you ever wondered why some people lose weight and others do not on the same diet? That question is what led me to research Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book, Eat Right for Your Type. His own research has led him to believe that the blood type is “the key that unlocks the door to the mysteries of health, disease, longevity, physical vitality, and emotional strength.”
Here is a summary of some of the main ideas of the program:
Every day, how your body interacts with what you eat influences your:
- Energy Levels
- Healthy Weight
- Mental Clarity
- Ability to Handle Stress
The key is found in protein molecules called lectins. Researchers have identified over 1,000 foods that contain these protein “lectins.” Because of our individuality, our bodies will interact with these lectins in different ways, some in good ways, some in bad ways. Of all the genetic characteristics that you inherited, only one characteristic will help you predict these interactions and stay healthy: your blood type.
According to Dr. D’Adamo:
Type O-People with type O blood fare best on intense physical exercise and animal proteins and less well on dairy products and grains. The leading reason for weight gain among Type O’s is the gluten found in wheat products and, to a lesser extent, lentils, corn, kidney beans, and cabbage. Ideal exercises for Type O’s include aerobics, martial arts, contact sports, and running.
Type A-Those with blood type A, however, are more naturally suited to a vegetarian diet and foods that are fresh, pure, and organic. As Type A’s are predisposed to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, “I can’t emphasize how critical this dietary adjustment can be to the sensitive immune system of Type A,” says Dr. D’Adamo. Type A’s prefer calming, centering exercise, such as yoga and tai chi.
Type B-Type B’s have a strong immune system and a tolerant digestive system and tend to resist many of the severe chronic degenerative illnesses, or at least survive them better than the other blood types. Type B’s do best with moderate physical exercise requiring mental balance, such as hiking, cycling, tennis, and swimming.
Type AB-Blood type AB, the most recent, in terms of evolution, of the four groups and an amalgam of types A and B, is the most biologically complex. For this group, a combination of the exercises for types A and B works best.
I, of course, am a Type A. Go figure that I would be the type that fares best on a vegan diet. I come from a huge beef and steak-eating family. In the last few weeks, I have cut the beef mostly out of my diet and consume fish and chicken regularly. I have switched from regular milk to soy products. I will admit, this was a hard one at first, but after the first few days it wasn’t so bad. I am trying to focus more on getting my fruits and veggies in as well.
The Eat Right for Your Type book contains more detailed information on the profiles of the four major blood groups, as well as the types of foods that are beneficial for you, neutral, and foods that you should avoid. I can’t possibly list all the information here, but the folks behind Eat Right for Your Type are giving one of you the chance to win your very own copy of the book!
To enter, just leave a comment below telling us your favorite food. What do you love?! This contest will close at 11:59pm CST on Thursday, February 12th and a winner will be randomly selected and announced on the following day. Good luck!