What’s the Best Diet and Exercise Routine for Your Blood Type?
Do you sometimes feel like no matter how hard you train at the gym; the results aren’t what you want them to be? You may lose weight, but there hasn’t been much of a change to your physique. You still have fat in all the wrong places!
Scientists and nutritionists now claim this could be because you’re not eating or working out according to your blood type. It’s your blood that dictates what you should be eating and what exercises you should be doing. That’s because YOUR BLOOD TYPE IS YOUR GENETIC BLUEPRINT – it reveals more about you and your body than anything else.
Take a moment to allow that to register in your mind.
Now, let’s discover the best exercises and diet plans for your blood type.
A Brief Review of The Different Blood Types
There are four blood types - A, B, AB, and O. Blood contains various types of antigens that react with the immune system. The blood type you have will determine the reactions you have to the food you eat or the exercises you do.
This point was made by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo in his book, “Eat Right for Your Type.” There, he explains how each blood type has changed over the centuries through continuous evolution and how what we eat and the exercises we perform should be determined by our genetic makeup.
Joseph Christiano, a naturopathic doctor, is another individual who has studied different blood types and has designed a comprehensive workout routine for people based on that, called “The Blood Type Workout”. He is also the author of the bestselling book, “Blood Types, Body Types, and You” in which he explains the importance of eating and working out according to your body type. He goes ahead to illustrate and explain how blood type diets will help you lose weight in a more natural way and even goes as far as listing specific foods ideal for different blood types.
Dr. Christiano says in an interview with Prevention Magazine, “The blood type is a powerful genetic fingerprint, and there is a chemical reaction to the food you eat, your workouts, and your blood”. In his book, Blood Types, Body Types, and You, he further explains this statement by saying that the chemical reaction between the food you eat and blood is a major part of your genetic make-up. To him, this chemical reaction is as a result of lectins – diverse and abundant proteins found in food – which possess agglutinating properties that have deep-rooted effects on the blood.
So, if you follow a generic program that is one-size-fits-all, you’re never going to tap into your genetic potential.”
What does this mean for you? Here’s a look at the different blood types and the best workouts and diet plans.
Blood Types vs. The Best Workouts
The genetic makeup for Type O is very similar to that of ancient cavemen who had to hunt to survive and feed themselves.
It is therefore no surprise that the best diet for Type O is the Paleo diet, which is also referred to as the ‘caveman diet’. The Paleo diet consists chiefly of foods such as fish, meat, vegetables and fruits. It does exclude processed food, dairy products and cereal products, after all, cavemen didn’t have access to any of these.
The best workouts for these blood type include those that combine high-intensity interval training (HIITs) with strength training.
Those with Blood Type A have a genetic makeup similar to ancient farmers, who did fewer intensive activities such as growing crops.
For this group, a vegetarian diet is ideal. According to D’Adamo, most Type B persons have very sensitive immune systems and could easily fall ill. Because vegetarian diets are usually considered healthy, they are ideal for this blood group. That is why it is recommended that such people eat a lot of organic and fresh fruits, veggies, legumes, fish and whole grains. Foods to avoid include corn, tomatoes, buckwheat, wheat, lentils, sesame seeds and peanuts as well as meat and fish.
Your body type is better suited to yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and other less physically intense exercise routines rather than strength training.
Those of the blood Type B have the same genetic makeup as ancient nomads, who moved often and traveled in groups.
Foods best suited for this blood type include vegetables and fruits, low-fat dairy products, eggs and certain types of meats. Of all the blood groups, B is the most balanced as it carries both the ability to thrive in changeable conditions and the genetic potential for malleability. This explains why the types of foods that can be eaten by Type B people hail from both the animal and plant kingdoms. Despite their ability to adapt, there are still some foods which people of this blood group should avoid – peanuts, wheat, tomatoes, lentils, buckwheat and chicken.
For your work out, consider combining low impact cardio workouts (such as swimming, cycling, and jogging) with resistance training.
Those of the blood Type AB have a hybrid genetic makeup, with elements of blood type A and B.
People with this blood type should avoid caffeine, alcohol, and cured or smoked meats. Cured and smoked meats can lead to cancer in people with low levels of stomach acids. Type AB people have the same adaptation to meat that Type B people have. This means that such people usually lack the necessary amount of stomach acid to properly digest and metabolize meats which causes them to end up being stored as fat.
Foods that are ideal for this blood type include seafood especially salmon, mahi-mahi, sardines, and tuna. Dairy food such as milk and yogurt, fruits, veggies and whole grains are also ideal for this blood type as these reduce excess protein which could end up being stored as fat in the body.
Avoid high-intensity cardio workouts and stick to something easier such as hiking, walking, jogging or swimming. Yoga is highly recommended for your blood type because yoga can prove to be a very helpful means of internalizing your anger while keeping your mood levels up.
We have discussed different blood types as well as the different diet and workout routines best suited for people who belong to them. All of the information given here is based on two books – Dr. Christiano’s “Blood Types, Body Types, and You” and Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo “Eat Right for Your Type.” These books are a must-read for all you nutrition and fitness enthusiasts.
Your blood type holds all the secrets to your health and fitness. It is therefore important to follow the diet and exercise regimens according to your blood type in order to yield optimal levels of health and nutrition. So, what’s your blood type? What does your current diet and workout routine consist of? What could you apply to those based on the information above? Sound off below.
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