Who’s your type? Jennifer Lawrence? Serena Williams? Alicia Vikander in the Tomb Raider trailer?
No, not that type your blood type. A buzzy diet called the Blood Type Diet says it’s important to know the answer to that question, so you can eat the foods that are best suited to your unique body chemistry.
The thinking is that this will help you lose weight (or maintain a healthy weight) and lower your risk of chronic disease. Which is almost as good as going on a date with Alicia Vikander, right? No? OK, back to the Blood Type Diet…
The Blood Type Diet was founded by Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic doctor who wrote the best-selling book Eat Right for Your Type. The overall theory is that your blood type is an important genetic factor that influences many areas of your health. Once you know it, you can supposedly eat and exercise in a way that will help you be the healthiest version of yourself, according to D’Adamo’s website.
The diet is specifically broken up by blood type (no shocker there), and there are some pretty specific recommendations for each type:
Type As are supposed to:
- Follow a vegetarian diet
- Eat pure, fresh, and organic foods
- Do hatha yoga, tai chi, and meditation to help lower their stress levels
Type Bs are supposed to:
- Steer clear of foods like corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds (since these can supposedly mess with their metabolism and make them gain weight)
- Avoid chicken (D’Adamo says it can increase your risk of strokes and immune disorders)
- Eat goat, lamb, mutton, rabbit, venison, green vegetables, eggs, and low-fat dairy
- Do mixed martial arts, cycle, hike, and golf to stay mentally and physically active
Type Os are supposed to:
- Avoid simple carbs and grains (type Os have higher levels of stomach acid, which, combined with these foods, can lead to bodily inflammation, D’Adamo says)
- Focus on exercise that works your cardiovascular and muscular skeletal systems, like running
Type ABs are supposed to:
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially in stressful situations
- Focus on eating foods like tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables, and avoid all smoked or cured meats (D’Adamo says they can increase your risk of stomach cancer)
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals
- Do a combo of calming and more intense exercises, like doing several days of HIIT workouts, followed by yoga