Losing weight as simple as ABO?
Imagine if losing weight was as easy as knowing your blood type.
According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic doctor based in Wilton, it is that easy.
“It’s one of the few diets that you can see in place around the world already,” D’Adamo said. “It’s not a quick fix, and I think that’s one of its greatest benefits. You can lose weight eating in a way that’s just right for your body.”
D’Adamo’s book, “Eat Right 4 Your Type,” focuses on giving people who hope to drop pounds strategies on how to choose foods that best benefit their blood type. The book contains four diets (Type A, B, AB and O), and D’Adamo said they have an 85 percent success rate among users. Each of the diets contain recommended and discouraged foods, based on their lectin content and ancestry of participants.
Lectin is a carbohydrate-binding protein involved in immune system function and controlling protein levels in the blood. The diets also take into consideration whether individuals secrete antigens into bodily fluids. D’Adamo’s research shows 15 to 20 percent of people, referred to as “nonsecretors” fall into this category.
“It’s definitely a high success rate considering that it’s a diet that requires so little of participants,” he said.
Jane Percy, a hypno-therapist and owner of Riverlight Wellness Center in Stonington, said she talks to clients about the benefits of the diet frequently. Though participants can lose weight, Percy said eating for your blood type can also boost a body’s defenses against illness and chronic health problems.
“I had one weight-loss client who, after a few weeks of eating right for his blood type, lost weight and no longer needed his reading glasses,” Percy said. “This is the immune system saying that it is getting stronger.”
Percy said clients in the “Lighten Up” class she teaches at The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich generally experience fewer aches and pains and (with a doctor’s guidance) even ease off prescriptions for conditions like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.
D’Adamo’s Web site provides a detailed list of foods and describes how each food is “beneficial,” or “neutral,” and if they’re foods to avoid. While some foods, like broccoli, are deemed beneficial for all blood types, other foods such as cashews, grapefruits and chicken eggs are recommended for only certain groups.
For example, avocados, which are accepted as a generally healthy item because of their high levels of unsaturated fat, are considered “neutral.”
But does such a diet, which at first mention can induce a look of confusion, appeal to the average person seeking to lose weight?
“If a diet is too involved and strict, I don’t want any part in it,” said Cheryl Hull of Plainfield. “I mostly stay with group kinds of diets and exercise programs even when I am not consistent. I also believe in the old saying that if it (seems) too good to be true, it probably is. Losing weight is not that easy.”
Kristina Powell, a mental health and image consultant in Preston, said that while the concept may not make sense to some people, eating for your blood type does make sense and could result in weight loss for people who stringently stuck to the diet.
“It’s the same idea as allergies. If someone is allergic for something and comes to me about it, I often wonder if it’s because of their blood type,” she said.
D’Adamo said the blood type diet has elements of many “fad diets,” but it simply distinguishes between differences in individual bodies. Diets like Atkins or those encouraging hormone-free meats do promote some universal health tips, but they fail to recognize that no diet is for every single person in the world, he said.
“It may seem like an extreme concept for Americans, but to people like Europeans, taking notice of the fact that different things are good for different bodies is widely accepted,” he said. “You’d get sick if someone gave you the wrong blood type, and it’s the same concept. One man’s food is another man’s poison.”
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On the Web
Official Peter D’Adamo Web site: www.dadamo.com.
Examples of Blood Type Foods
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Beneficial for Type B:
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Beneficial for Type AB:
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Beneficial for Type O:
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