I recently read a lot about the "Blood Type Diet" since my Brother in Law has been on it. He has lost weight and now weighs 89 kgs (height 5'10") and the dietician says he has plateaued and will not lose more weight. Sounds like he needs to lose a lot more. Ideal weight is 75 Kgs or less for him.
So here's what I found about about the Blood Type Diet :
"the philosophy of blood type is very obscure and lacking in science." from WebMd.
"significant lack of independent research" from healthline.
"Medical experts universally agree that the theory is nonsense" from WeightLossResources.
I am not so sure either. Cutting out food groups is never a good idea. I believe in the opposite that you should almost eat all food groups (meats can be excluded).
I am recommending to him to focus on H = N/C and to eat low Glycemic Index Foods.
Do you have any input on the matter ? Have you tried the "Blood Group Diet"?
Following my post from yesterday I brushed up on Glycemic Index and why it matters to diabetics / beating diabetes and managing weight. The whole concept is based, at a deep level, to manage the glucose in your body. Foods with High Glycemic Index dissolve quickly. Glucose = 100 GI, and table sugar = 69 GI.
Now compare these :
White Rice = 89 GI
Wheat bread (white or whole) = 71 GI
Black Beans = 30 GI
Chickpeas = 10 GI
(source : Harvard Medical School)
Wheat and Rice dissolve faster in your blood than sugar. This gives your body a sugar RUSH followed by a sugar CRASH. For a diabetic already struggling to manage sugar levels this is a nightmare for his body. For both diabetics and weight loss patients; the sugar crash will leave you wanting to eat more food. Eat same no. of calories with low GI foods and you will need to eat again after longer time periods. Amazing !
So, for lunch, don't just have a salad, have a chickpea salad; it will fill you up more and it will last in your tummy longer. Make a chickpea tikki or creative lentil dishes to find ways to eat more of these and less wheat and rice. Try and make it tasty. I don't want you to feel bad for eating new foods, it should be awesome and do something that will excite your taste buds. Boiled chickpeas are a good substitute for potato. Also add to salads or veg kabab's. So much you can do, but start eating them 2x/day (or more) to really increase your calories intake proportion from low GI foods :)
Upon a lot of study this is what has learned about why you should reduce rice when diabetic, but how it might also help in weight loss.
White sugar = 762 calories/cup
White Rise = 205 calories/tsp
Brown rice = 150 calories/tsp
However when we check Glycemic Index, the rate at which how fast the blood sugar rises in the blood, white rice is a bad boy ! :
White Rice = 89
Brown Rice = 50
White Sugar = 60
Cane Sugar = 55
Agave Syrup = 15
As you can see White Rice increases blood sugar in the system even faster than table sugar. The problem with this is that it makes our bodies used to such a "blood sugar" high that when it goes down we feel hungry again and we go to a carb heavy food source again. As a diabetic this has to stop in order for us to provide the right nutrition that will sustain your energy levels over a longer period of time while assisting your body in maintaining a healthy blood sugar level.
Junior Gupta is the founder & Chief Research Officer of Cure My Diabetes. He has spent over 8 years of research of food, nutrition and diseases.