Your diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. But for some people, no matter how dedicated you adhere to a diet, those pounds won’t come off and your energy levels stay low. It was this exact issue which led Peter J D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician to come up with the idea of a blood type diet.
Peter J D’ Adamo was under the assumption that our bodies process food differently based on our divergent blood types. In his 1996 book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, he goes on to explain the idea that your body will process food according to your blood type and “if you follow a diet tailored to your individual blood type, you can essentially biohack your genetics, lose weight, have more energy, and help prevent disease.” Your blood type is a key genetic factor that can influence your risk factors for disease, the way you respond to stress, and, according to Dr. D’Adamo, how to optimize your nutrition.
The Blood Type Diet Chart
One can find some very comprehensive charts and guides detailing the ideal food by blood type, but here is a basic layout of the main blood types and their corresponding dietary basics:
Here are some of the recommendations according to the “Eat Right for Your Type” diet:
- Those with type O blood should choose high-protein foods and eat lots of meat, vegetables, fish, and fruit but limit grains, beans, and legumes. To lose weight, seafood, kelp, red meat, broccoli, spinach, and olive oil are best; wheat, corn, and dairy are to be avoided.
- Those with type A blood should choose fruit, vegetables, tofu, seafood, turkey, and whole grains but avoid meat. For weight loss, seafood, vegetables, pineapple, olive oil, and soy are best; dairy, wheat, corn, and kidney beans should be avoided.
- Those with type B blood should pick a diverse diet including meat, fruit, dairy, seafood, and grains. To lose weight, type B individuals should choose green vegetables, eggs, liver, and licorice tea but avoid chicken, corn, peanuts, and wheat.
- Those with type AB blood should eat dairy, tofu, lamb, fish, grains, fruit, and vegetables. For weight loss, tofu, seafood, green vegetables, and kelp are best but chicken, corn, buckwheat, and kidney beans should be avoided.