Genetic Diet: Eat 4 Your Type

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

Background


This genetic diet entitled Change Your Genetic Destiny is written by Peter D’Adamo, author of the bestselling and controversial book “The Blood Type Diet”. His latest addition expands on his research involving blood types and introduces readers to six unique genetic types and how to eat for your type.

D’Adamo explains how diet and lifestyle factors interact with our genes to influence our health and ability to maintain an ideal weight. For each of the six genetic types a customized program is provided so you can eat for your type that will help you to turn on the good genes and turn off the bad ones so that you can more easily lose weight and prevent disease.

Genetic Diet Basics

You will discover which of the six genetic types you belong to through a variety of methods such as evaluating your family history, identifying you blood type, fingerprint analysis and measurement of jaw angle.

GenoType 1 The Hunter

  • This type is generally tall and thin with an excess of nervous energy and a fast metabolism. They are vulnerable to burnout when subjected to high levels of stress.
  • The diet of the Hunter should be high in red meat and fish while eliminating dairy products.

GenoType 2 The Gatherer

  • Full-figured even when they are not carrying excess body fat. Their slow metabolism can be brought into balance when a nutritious diet is consumed.
  • Gatherers do well consuming legumes and should avoid red meat.

GenoType 3 The Teacher

  • Teachers have great strength and stamina with a natural ability to live a long life when they follow the right lifestyle.
  • This type should eat more whole grains and oily fish but do not do well with spinach and other leafy green vegetables.

GenoType 4 The Explorer

  • These types have a muscular physique and a high ability to adapt to change, however they must be aware of maintaining a balanced diet so as to reduce their tendency toward hormonal problems and chemical sensitivity.
  • Explorers should emphasize game meats and poultry while avoiding cheese and most seafood.

GenoType 5 The Warrior

  • Naturally long, lean and healthy in their younger years, Warriors generally face health challenges as they enter into midlife. Their “quick-aging” genes can be overcome, with the right diet and lifestyle.
  • Shellfish is recommended but red meat and poultry is not good for Warriors.

GenoType 6 The Nomad

  • Nomads are the genotype of extremes and are very sensitive to changes in their environment, which increases their susceptibility to problems involving their neuromuscular and immune systems. When following the recommendations for their type Nomads have a natural ability to age gracefully.
  • They do best with a diet including lean meat but should avoid pasta, oranges and bananas.

Eat 4 Your Type Foods

The foods recommended vary for each of the six genotypes but may include: organic grass-fed meat, free-range poultry, omega-3 eggs, fish and seafood, cheese, seeds, nuts, legumes, cold-pressed oils, vegetables, fruit, whole grains.

Sample Genetic Type Diet Plan

The following is an example of a meal plan for a Warrior genotype.

Breakfast

Cottage cheese with papaya, pineapple and pecans

Lunch

Smoked salmon and watercress sandwiches

Afternoon Snack

1 peach

Dinner

Peanut tofu stir-fry with carrot, onion, bok choy and rice

Dessert

Lemon raspberry cupcake

Exercise Recommendations

The Genetic Diet gives each genotype specific exercise recommendations. For example, Hunters need regular, vigorous exercise to reduce stress and increase endurance. The Gatherer exercise protocol is designed to improve insulin sensitivity and clear out toxins stored in fat tissue.

Costs and Expenses

Change Your Genetic Destiny retails at $13.99

Pros

  • Customized approach that may increase the chance of successful weight loss.
  • Provides dietary and lifestyle recommendations that can address specific health concerns.
  • Encourages the intake of a wide variety of healthy foods.
  • Website of the book includes a large variety of recipes.
  • Encourages exercise.

Cons

  • To Eat 4 your type is complicated and requires the avoidance of a wide variety of foods that are generally regarded as healthy.
  • Controversial approach that is not accepted by many health and medical experts.
  • Genetic diet does not include meal plans.
  • Some of the recipes on the website contain unhealthy ingredients.

Conclusions

A Genetic Diet will appeal to dieters who are interested in increasing their knowledge of the way that genes influence our well being. This book helps you to identify which of six unique genetic types you belong to, and teaches how to eat for your type by providing specific dietary, supplement, exercise and lifestyle guidelines that enhance your genetic strengths so as to promote optimal health.

Click here to purchase the book at a discounted price from Amazon

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: February 21, 2011
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