The 1996 book “Eat Right for your Type” must come up in discussion at least once a week. The fad diet book that never seems to die and was based on whether a person should eat according to their blood type.
This past week a systematic review came out showing that no evidence exists to validate the blood type diet. It’s fascinating that such a book, based on no research but rather anecdotal evidence, made such a hit and continues to be perpetuated.
What about just your body type? Chinese medicine believes some individuals were meant to eat more cold or hot foods based on their physiology, and many clients over the years have told me they prefer one or the other regardless of the season.
Since that is not my expertise I defer to those practitioners.
My expertise lies in what type of fuel your body prefers based on where you store your weight, your blood work, and your cravings. Like we’ve discussed in previous blogs, those who are insulin sensitive can consume most foods, have a healthy metabolism and if they eat in line with their hunger and satiation have no problem maintaining their weight.
Those who are insulin resistant need more protein at each meal, less starchy carbs and carbs in general to maintain or lose weight. Since most individuals become more insulin resistant with aging it is a good idea to consume a form of protein at most meals.
The most important way of eating is what works for your body type, metabolism, and lifestyle and that is based on your genetics and activity level, and not what type of blood you have thank goodness!