Some people seem to lose weight easier than others, no matter what they eat and even if they do not diet. Others struggle even after cutting calories and trying to increase their exercise. The development of an eating program that addresses these mystifying discrepancies was inevitable. The Blood Type Diet is an eating program based on the four blood types: A, B, AB and O. This diet is based upon the idea that the blood types are important genetic factors that affect health and well-being.
Blood Types and Disease
This diet program assumes that each blood type is susceptible to certain diseases. For example, those with blood type O have a lower risk for heart disease than other blood types, but they have a higher risk of developing stomach ulcers. On the other hand, individuals with blood type A have higher risks of microbial infection than other blood types, but women with blood type A generally have higher rates of fertility. Perhaps the old line “What’s your sign?” can be replaced with “What’s your type?”
Blood Types and Stress
The Blood Type Diet also is based upon the idea that individuals of different blood types have distinctive reactions to stress. Those with blood type A, for example, naturally have higher levels of the so-called stress hormone cortisol in their bodies and produce more in reaction to stress. People with blood type O, however, produce more adrenaline in a “fight or flight” response, and they take longer to recover from stress because clearing all of the excess adrenaline from their bodies is difficult.
This novel approach to nutrition, developed by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, attempts to offer a comprehensive program that is a guide to losing weight, reducing inflammation and allergies, and improving overall health through the best types of exercise for each blood type. Resources include books, a website, a vitamin and supplement online shop, mobile apps, blogs, message boards and a webzine that broadens the idea of the Blood Type Diet into an entire lifestyle.
This eating plan is more than a diet for weight loss. It is also recognized as a type of alternative medicine. The Blood Type Diet seeks to address the needs of the entire body and thus to improve well-being while promoting a healthy weight. The idea is to guide people to eating plans that are ideal for their specific genetic structures. Read more about this popular approach here, and see if any of the blood type characteristics sound familiar.