Lesson Eight: Achieving your ideal weight
Choosing foods by blood type is about
total health. Weight loss is simply a pleasant side effect of
beneficial food choices. As our bodies get healthier, there are various
plateaus we will go through where the glands and hormones start to reset
and normalize their functions. During these periods, it is common not to
lose weight. In addition, lectins blocking insulin receptors on the
surface of cells do not willingly let go. Patience and minimizing the
use of all avoid foods is called for during this healing period.
Let's take a moment to discuss the
difference between 'weight' and 'body composition'. We routinely hear
people refer to their weight and their desire to lose weight.
Unfortunately, this is a very unspecific goal. A more appropriate goal
would usually be to lose fat. What is the difference you might ask? Body
weight consists of other components besides fat. These include muscle
tissue, bone weight, and water primarily.
Clearly losing weight in your bones would not be a healthy goal. We are
all familiar with osteoporosis and the need to sustain thick strong
bones, so we are probably in agreement that this is not the type of
weight we would like to lose.
Similarly, if we were to look at all of the advantageous functions
muscle tissue contributes to on behalf of our health, including being
the primary furnace to burn fat, we would be in agreement that losing
muscle tissue would not be a good form of weight loss either. In fact,
we find that health suffers not so much from too much weight, but from
too much body fat and too little muscle. As such, it is much more
important to know the amount of muscle mass you have rather than to
solely focus on your weight.
Although less dramatic than most 'crash
diets', losing weight by eating for your blood type is characterized by
an increase in you muscle mass, which actually increases your metabolic
rate, minimizing the chances of 'yo-yo dieting'.
We've gathered a few resources to
help you out.
RESOURCE: The GenoType Diet
Key Point: Many readers have added the GenoType Diet system to their regimen and have noticed dramatic weight loss. Since the Genotype Diet system addresses metabolism at the genetic level, it can help with stubborn, difficult weight loss, or eight loss which has hit a plateau at a certain point. You may want to investigate this system and see if can help
Click here for more information on The GenoType Diet
RESOURCE: Calculate your Body Mass
Key Point: Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the commonly used
ways to determine when extra pounds translate into health risks. BMI is
a measure, which takes into account a personís weight and height to
gauge total body fat in adults. Someone with a BMI of 26 to 27 is about
20 percent overweight, which is generally believed to carry moderate
health risks. A BMI of 30 and higher is considered obese. The higher the
BMI, the greater the risk of developing additional health problems. You can calculate your BMI using one of
the calculators available on the website.
here to calculate your BMI in pounds-inches.
here to calculate your BMI in metric.
RESOURCE: Caloric Requirement
Key Point: Although exact calorie-counting is not a mandatory
requirement for following the Blood Type Diet, keeping within an optimal
caloric range may enhance your rate of weight loss. You can calculate your average caloric
requirement by using the Caloric Requirement Calculator available on the website.
here to open the Caloric Requirement Calculator.