Say Goodbye to The Blood Type Diet

Say Goodbye to The Blood Type Diet

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There are constantly new fad diets coming out promising to be the answer to all your weight loss prayers. The biggest problem with most of them is that the research just isn’t there to back up the claims. Recently, a group of researchers decided to take an in-depth look at The Blood Type Diet to determine if the research substantiates the claims. Based on the results, the findings are grim.

About the Diet
The Blood Type diet was created by Peter D’Adamo. The premise of the diet is that your blood type determines which foods you should eat in order to feel great, improve digestion and lose weight. Even the type of exercise is completely different for each blood type. While type A’s do best on a vegetarian diet and practicing yoga and meditation, type O’s do well consuming a lot of animal-based protein and with regular aerobic exercise (like running). Eating the best foods for your blood type is a lifestyle that should be followed your entire life.

The Results
The study published in the January 2014 journal of PLos One was conducted by researchers at the University of Canada of Toronto. They examined over 1,450 healthy adults who followed The Blood Type Diet.

Although some of the diets did have a positive effect on factors like body mass index (BMI) and triglyceride (blood fat) levels, it was independent of the participant’s blood type. These results show that the foods recommended for a particular blood type isn’t necessarily the best way for you to eat in order to achieve long term health. You can still improve your health by following a healthy eating plan that isn’t specific to your blood type.

My Take
What usually make a fad diet “successful” is that the food choices and calories are limited. If you cut back on how much you eat, chances are you’ll lose weight. The problem lies when fad diets become overly restrictive, limiting food groups and important nutrients. If you’re searching for the magic weight loss bullet, science still says a healthy balanced diet along with regular exercise is your best bet.

TELL ME: What’s your take on The Blood Type Diet?

  • Michelle Avery
    Posted at 21:49h, 26 February Reply

    Great post, I completely agree that fad diets are usually lacking and are short term and “fads” for a reason

  • Bman
    Posted at 13:49h, 10 September Reply

    I have read the book and it never said to limit the quantity of food i eat. On the contrary, it said to eat very frequently. The limitations are not done by the other but observation. He clearly stats it as such (observation). I am following the diet. It is not easy at first but it is very reasonable.

  • Bman
    Posted at 13:50h, 10 September Reply

    Apologies, autocorrect

    Other = author

  • Joseph Gatt
    Posted at 03:30h, 03 January Reply

    I’ve been following the blood type diet for over a year. I’m a type ‘O’ and all I can say is that I feel great. As opposed to before, I discharge 4 times a day on average without any pain and the discharge looks clean and healthy. Being 1.8 metres tall at age 36, I am keeping a constant body weight of 70-73kg with body fat percentage of 13-15%. I do regular blood tests and till now everything looks perfect. Before I started following this diet I was 85kg with 6.4 Cholesterol level. After 4 weeks following the blood type diet, I felt drastic change in my body as if it tells me “thank you”. Besides, there’s nowhere written on the books to limit my food intake. I eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack, and repeat everyday. Basically Type ‘O’ must throw away Wheat, Gluten and Dairy. As soon as I touch some of these, I feel bloated and depressed, literally! Bottom line I trust the blood type diet as I simply feel great and the blood results confirm that.

  • Kimberly Hames
    Posted at 09:36h, 09 April Reply

    I don’t think it’s a fad. I think some people may be more sensitive than others. I am o negative and I have changed what I eat on several occasions finding that fats and proteins are best for me with minimal carbs such as veggies and sweet potatoes. Some people are more tolerant to carbs than others. Is it my blood type that determines that! I don’t know. I am only one person but it fits for me. Everyone is different.

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