In the 1990s, Dr. D’Adamo promoted his revolutionary diet based on blood type, and experts and trainers are still raving about the results today.
Have you ever noticed how some people seamlessly lose weight and keep it off? Genetics play a key role, and so do the diet and lifestyle habits you practice. Dr. D’Adamo’s research focuses on the four blood-types and their susceptibility to certain diseases. He employed genetic research to find which foods to eat and which to avoid, as well as what type of exercise best accommodates each blood type. Today, models like Miranda Kerr and Candace Swanepoel are still endorsing the diet and swear by its efficacy to promote health and vitality.
Dr. D’Adamo employed genetic research to find which foods to eat and which to avoid, as well as what type of exercise best accommodates each blood type.
Justin Gelband, who trains the top supermodels in the world, also swears by the blood type diet: "I got a lot of flack for it on their message board, but I feel like saying to these people, ‘How do you know that it doesn’t work until you try it?'" It's worth a try because his clients (like Irina Shayk and Sara Sampaio) look amazing.
"They feel better, their skin looks better, they have better digestion and their metabolism gets quicker. The thing that I like about this (Eat Right 4 Your Type®) is that there is no diet, it just says – these are the foods that are good for you and work with your body. It’s teaching you to eat properly,” Justin says.
Type Os are unique in that they contain two opposing blood types — one against blood type A and the other against type B. This opposition protected the Type O’s ancestors from common diseases found in other blood types. Type Os have more stomach acid and can digest fat and protein very efficiently. The downside of being a Type O is that they're more susceptible to ulcers, thyroid disorders, and the autoimmune “fight or flight” response. They also convert simple carbohydrates to fat and triglycerides easier than the other blood types.
Type O's have more stomach acid and can digest fat and protein very efficiently.
Since Type Os can more readily digest protein and fats, they should stick to mostly lean protein, vegetables, and fruits. They should steer clear from wheat and grains and avoid alcohol and caffeine as it raises their adrenaline and noradrenaline responses. Type Os benefit from intense heart-pumping exercises, which strengthen the cardiovascular system and relieve stress and emotions.
Early Type As pushed further north away from their hunter-gatherer predecessors and thrived where they found suitable food sources in Europe and Asia. Type As began to thrive as they adapted to harmonious communities and built strong, healthy relationships.
Type A's are able to digest carbohydrates more readily, thus generally favoring a vegetarian lifestyle.
Due to their lower levels of hydrochloric acid, they're able to digest carbohydrates more readily, thus generally favoring a vegetarian lifestyle with fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. They may become more easily aggravated by loud noises and should balance their daily stress with gentle exercise and calming techniques. These lifestyle changes can help stave off their susceptibility to certain cancers and to diabetes.
Type B's genetic bloodline stems from the Himalayan Mountains, spreading into areas where Caucasian and Asian bloodlines intermixed. Modern day India, Korea, Japan and parts of Eastern Germany have the highest incidences of blood Type B. Of all the blood types, Type Bs have the greatest flexibility in adapting to new climates and conditions due to their varied genetic composition.
Type B's should utilize exercises that require mental focus and engagement with other people.
Type B blood types can carry higher levels of cortisol, however, resulting in certain autoimmune disorders, Syndrome X, and viruses such as MS, CFS, and lupus. Traditionally, Type B individuals are most balanced physically and mentally when living according to their type and should be eating mostly cultured dairy, low-fat meat, and vegetables. Dr. D’Adamo recommends Type B's utilize exercises that require mental focus and engagement with other people, such as tennis, cycling, hiking, and golf.
As the name suggests, blood Type AB is an amalgamation of both A and B markers, with both types being equally dominant in individuals with this type of blood. This is the rarest type, with less than 5% of the population carrying AB blood. Due to its unique profile, blood type AB can operate as either a Type A or Type B, depending on the environment and stressors. Dr. D’Adamo recommends consuming seafood such as salmon, red snapper, and mahi-mahi, along with cultured dairy products such as kefir.
Type AB should consume seafood, along with cultured dairy products such as kefir.
He also suggests staying away from combining starches with protein, but to eat them separately due to Type AB’s lower stomach acidity. As with Type O’s, AB blood can be sensitive to stress, and alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. A combination of running and soothing exercises such as yoga or tai-chi can be alternated every other day to help achieve prime health for the unique type AB.
If you’ve found yourself consistently failing in your attempts at maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, consider trying the Blood Type Diet — it may just be your ticket to success and longevity!