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Blood Type Diet

 

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you trim down and get healthier? That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet.

The Diet claims that the foods you eat react chemically with your blood type. If you follow a diet designed for your blood type, your body will digest food more efficiently. Therefor, you'll lose weight, have more energy, and help prevent disease.

What You Can Eat?

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you trim down and get healthier? That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet.

The Diet claims that the foods you eat react chemically with your blood type. If you follow a diet designed for your blood type, your body will digest food more efficiently. Therefor, you'll lose weight, have more energy, and help prevent disease.

What You Can Eat?

That depends on your blood type. Here's what recommended for each type:

Type O blood: 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.

Type A blood: A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains -- ideally, organic and fresh, because 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. They are encouraged to eat green vegetables, eggs, certain meats, and low-fat dairy.

Type AB blood: Foods to focus on include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables. According to the diet people with type AB blood tend to have low stomach acid. So they should avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoked or cured meats.

Exercise: The Blood Type Diet also recommends exercises based on your blood type. For instance, it suggests yoga or tai chi for type As, and vigorous aerobic exercises like jogging or biking for up to an hour a day for type Os.

Does It Work?

 

One study done by the University of Toronto found that adults eating the type A diet showed improved health markers, but this occurred in everyone, not just those with type A blood type. It's likely that you would lose weight, though, because the diet can be very restrictive.