Is it really true that you can use your blood type to determine which foods you should be eating? Some people and even professionals think when you eat foods that "agree" with your blood type, you reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infections, and liver disease. My 20 years of experience in health and fitness has shown me that the blood type diets can be effective in some people.
Type A people had ancestors that were farmers, therefore they should eat a vegetarian type diet and avoid meats and all dairy products. Type B blood types had ancestors that were nomads, therefore they should eat red meat and fish. Type O had ancestors that were hunters and gatherers, therefore they should eat lots of animal protein and very little carbohydrates. Type AB, had mixed ancestry, therefore they should eat a combination of Types A and B.
Like any diet there are Pros and Cons. You determine what you feel is right for you. If after reading the below content you are still not sure we can definitely help design you the perfect program based on your blood type, current health, and overall physical condition and lifestyle.
Pros to Blood Type Diets
"Eat Right For Your Type" isn't just for those who want to lose weight. It also helps with energy level, mood, and healing from chronic illness. Many people who gave it a three-week trial are still on it after several years, because they find that it improves their health and overall well-being.
The blood type diet is really not dangerous because you just eat natural, healthy foods - no drugs, surgery, or starvation required. It must be one of the safest options around.
There are some limitations on food choices. (This is where the infamous "food lists" enter into the picture.) For example, if you are a type O, you are advised not to eat eggplant, corn, or cheddar cheese. But you can eat zucchini, rice, and goat cheese. There are hundreds of acceptable foods for each blood type, including a range of fruits, vegetables, grains, fats, and lean proteins.
It has a scientific basis. Yes, it all seems unlikely at first. But did you know that your blood type is expressed in all of your body's cells, not just in your blood? Or that it's been known for years that different blood types have different risks of disease (e.g. A's get more stomach cancer, while O's get more ulcers)? Or that mainstream doctors are becoming more interested in the role of lectins in food intolerances? People who think this diet is "preposterous" should look into the scientific evidence that's referenced in the book, and on Dr. D'Adamo's web site.
It's also becoming apparent (from media reports and anecdotal evidence) that different diets work for different people. Some succeed on high-carb, low-fat diets; others do better with high-protein, low-carb diets. Some thrive on vegetarian diets, while others have a harder time going meatless. But why? Eat Right gives a plausible explanation.
No need to go hungry on a blood type diet or for that matter any type of diet. You're allowed to eat as much as you want (although meat should be limited to 4 oz. portions). You can also snack as often as you like.
Blood Type Diets are based on all natural, fresh foods. These tend to cost more than processed foods, which are made with wheat or corn fillers. But you don't need to buy prepared meals, pills, or potions -- just good-quality groceries.
Cons to Blood Type Diets
You'll need to cook most meals from scratch, since processed foods tend to contain no-nos for your blood type. But the amount of time and effort you put into cooking depends on you. If you "eat to live", you can survive very well on simple meals, like stir-fries or steamed fish and vegetables. If you "live to eat", and miss your favorite gourmet dishes, you can try adapting them with substitute ingredients like rice flour and soy milk.
Social eating. This is likely to be your biggest challenge. Many restaurant meals, especially fast foods, contain ingredients that aren't right for your blood type. Eating out will get easier as you learn which dishes and ethnic cuisines are your best bets. (E.g. salads and steak for O's; vegetarian and Indian for A's; seafood and Japanese for everyone.)
Also worth noting: You don't need to follow the diet 100% of the time for it to work. 75%-80% compliance for most people. So you can have "forbidden" foods now and then. This makes family gatherings and dinner parties a lot easier.
So many people try to lose weight on their own and unfortunately suffer the consequences by negatively altering their metabolism, thyroid, and hormonal function. When this occurs weight loss becomes impossible and no diet will work.
If you're tired of yo-yo dieting or trying to figure out what works for you, Johnnie D. Jackow Sr. can help! With nearly 30 years experience helping men and women of all ages, he will help you achieve your goals!