Eat Right For Your Genotype

The slimming regime that matches your diet to your genes
Wednesday , 19 November 2008
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The warrior
Prone to weight gain


Physical Characteristics:
Long-legged and lean during the 20s and 30s, the Warrior is susceptible to a sluggish metabolism, weight gain and premature ageing. They are at a high risk of diabetes and could suffer fertility problems in their early mid-life, like diabetic Halle Berry, who underwent fertility treatments in order to conceive last year.

Blood Type:
Often A or AB.

Diet:
A predominantly vegetarian diet, loading up on protein-rich tofu, edamame beans, nuts and fish. They should limit high GI red meat and processed foods.

Fitness:
Daily aerobic exercise such as swimming, walking or running to keep weight gain at bay.

The gatherer
Naturally full-figured

Physical Characteristics:
Sweet-natured, emotional and natural problem solvers, the Gatherer is full-figured like Oprah, and even when not overweight, is likely to suffer from diabetes later on in life. Faced with a host of very big metabolic challenges, these types continually find that they will struggle with crash diets and fluctuating weight gain.

Blood Type:
Often type B.

Diet:
They should stick to a low GI, high-protein diet, cramming their plate with lean proteins like chicken, turkey, eggs and fish instead of processed foods like white bread and pasta.

Fitness:
Gentle aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming.

The teacher
Strong and exuberant

Physical Characteristics:
Strong, sinewy, and flexible like yoga-obsessed Jennifer Aniston, the Teacher has a strong jaw line and is built for longevity – given the right diet and lifestyle. They are usually of average height, with straight hair, have a low body fat and high metabolism but may suffer digestive problems, lung disease or cancer for years before symptoms develop.

Blood Type:
Often type A.

Diet:
Load up on white fish, nuts, seeds, beans, cereal, pastas and rice, and plenty of fruit and veg. Avoid red meat and seafood, such as scallops and lobster.

Fitness:
Yoga and golf are the best forms of de-stressing exercise.


The explorer
Broad and athletic


Physical Characteristics:
Muscular and toned with broad shoulders and narrow hips like Liv Tyler, the Explorer can suffer food intolerances and hormone problems.

Blood Type:
Any type but often Rh-negative.

Diet:
Eat iron-rich foods such as meat, cheese, legumes and fish. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and processed foods.

Fitness:Cycling is the best way to balance out the shoulders.

The nomad
Extreme genes


Physical Characteristics:
A genotype of extremes, the Nomad is either very tall or very short, with green eyes or red hair, like Tilda Swinton. Susceptible digestive systems and a sensitivity to environmental conditions creates a vulnerable immune system.

Blood Type:
Often type B or AB.

Diet:
Omega-3 rich salmon and mackerel are perfect for the Nomad, but avoid gluten, barley and oats, which can play havoc with digestion.

Fitness:
Calming exercises such as tai-chi or meditation.

The hunter
Tall and lean

Physical Characteristics:
Tall, thin, and athletic with a prominent jaw line like Aggy, the Hunter has a high metabolism which wards off viruses, but are prone to blood sugar problems and allergies, which are often triggered by sudden lifestyle changes.

Blood Type:
Mainly type O.

Diet:
Hunters should load up on high protein foods such as lean red meat, chicken and fish plus lots of dark green leafy veg – such as broccoli, kale and spinach. They should cut out grains such as wheat and corn, and pulses like kidney beans and lentils which can interfere with insulin production.

Fitness:
Aerobic exercise like running, swimming or cycling.

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