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There have been a lot of different fad diets out there.  And, we’ve even talked about some of them before.  But, sometimes diets don’t seem like fad material.  After all, there’s a big difference between the Cabbage Soup Diet (the fad diet we love to hate) and plans that are published by real medical doctors in a bestselling book.  One seems a little more credible than the other, right?  (Hint: it’s not the cabbage.)  But, these flashy tomes are often just as contradictory as any dieting information out there today.  And, it can be hard to understand what’s legitimate and what’s just a money-maker for the author.  If you’ve heard about the diet that promote eating right for your blood type, that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.  So, sit tight for our Blood Type Diet Review here.

Blood Type Diet Review: What’s The Idea?

The idea behind the Blood Type Diet, which comes from a book called Eat Right for Your Type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, suggests that there are different lifestyles that fit each blood type the best.  So, whether you’re vegetarian, into hard exercise, or love mangoes – that can be beneficial or detrimental, depending on your blood.  As you probably know, there are four main blood types: O, A, B, and AB.  And, this diet plan even takes into account your ethnicity.

Blood Type Diet Review: The Plans

It’s a bit of a handful to do a full blood type diet review, because each blood type has its own diet.  Let’s quickly summarize what each blood type is supposed to do when it comes to food.  First of all, blood type O is up to bat with our blood type diet review.  People who are type O are “hunter-gatherer” profile, similar to a Paleo diet, which means that you can eat meat, fruits, and vegetables, but not a lot of dairy or grains.  And, your exercise should be fairly intense.

The next diet in our blood type diet review goes to type A.  It seems to stand for “Agrarian” in that type A people supposedly thrive on a vegetarian diet.  And, they also thrive on eliminating more stress from their lives.  So, instead of intense exercise like type O people should engage in, a more calming exercise routine is in order.

We’ll continue our blood type diet review with type B, which this plan says stands for “Balance.”  So, you can be more flexible in your diet, with animal and vegetable products both starring.  As far as exercise plans go, the book recommends you challenge your mind AND your body with your exercise routine.  So, you could try tennis, martial arts, or golf.

Last in our Blood Type Diet Review is AB, which is a rare blood type found in less than 5 percent of the population.  Plus, it only came about fairly recently (about 1000-1200 years ago).  However, meat may not be your friend because meat tends to get stored as fat on your body.  Dairy may be happier for you.  And, for exercise, you should combine those calming activities and intense exercise to creative balance.

Blood Type Diet Review: Does It Work?

Let’s conclude our blood type diet review with some sage advice.  Here’s the thing: any diet that causes you to completely cut out food groups has a high level of effort.  And, when diets have high levels of effort, you may end up falling off the wagon, so-to-speak.  Additionally, this diet only focuses on your blood type (and your ethnicity, somewhat) without showing regard for any preexisting conditions you may have.  So, if you have diabetes, for example, you may get conflicting information from this diet and your doctor.  And, that can be truly confusing.

As for scientific studies that show this program works, there is some evidence that people on the type A diet, for example, did lose weight.  However, weight loss didn’t just occur in people with type A blood, but everybody.  Some have pointed out that weight loss may be achievable on this plan simply because you’re cutting out processed foods, or eating less in general due to the restrictions.  But, hard evidence that you’ll get fit by sticking to this plan is still, unfortunately, absent.  You can always check out this book and give it a shot.  But, if the recommended diet doesn’t quite fit your lifestyle (for example, if you’re vegetarian but type O), don’t worry too much.  Eating fresh foods in moderation is a great place to start.  Thanks for reading our Blood Type Diet Review!

Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson

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