Dietician Shikha Sharma, a votary of this theory, believes that nutrigenetics is eating food according to your constitution or blood group. She explains, Every blood group has marked characterstics and according to these, some foods agree with them and some dont. All it means is cutting down on the intake of foods that dont agree with your constitution and increasing the quantities of foods that agree with it. The concept that you have to starve to lose weight does not hold good any more, she adds.
Of course, you cant eat a brick of ice cream every night and expect a trim figure, but the new concept allows you to eat adequate and compatible food, explains Dr Sharma.
The Atkins Diet, which stresses on low carbohydrates, was the first to say that you can eat as much as you want to of everything, except carboydrates, and still lose weight. But that diet plan had its defects.
Nutrigenetics is the most advanced and comprehensive diet plan and everything else is a part of it, claims Dr Sharma.
Gunjan Kumar, a senior executive with Mudra Advertising, tried this plan to lose some weight. I lost five kilos in one month by eating according to Dr Sharmas plan. She analysed my blood group and then prescribed the diet. It is a fantastic approach to health, says an enthusiastic Ms Kumar.
Wheat does not suit my blood group, which is B positive, so I cut down on my wheat intake and started taking more rice instead, says Ms Kumar.
Kiran Leela Ram, a housewife who has been going to Dr Sharma since 1999, says, Dr Sharma did not bring a drastic change in my diet plan. Instead, she moulded it to suit my blood group and lifestyle. I eat out very often and drink alcohol, too. Ms Leela Ram is a young mother, who first went to Dr Sharmas Clinique De Rejuvenation in Delhi to reduce weight after childbirth. That first time, she lost seven kilos, and the second time, 22 kilos in a year. She says, Ms Sharmas diet plans are such that one is able to lose at least five kilos in a month without skipping anything. The key, however, is maintaining the low weight after that, and that is what the diet plan based on nutrigenetics helps one to do.
According to this plan, people with O positive blood have a strong digestive system. They can digest a lot of things. They are usually impatient and aggressive and suffer from health problems connected with the blood. These people should not eat dairy products and wheat, even sooji does not normally agree with their body constitution. Instead, they can take gram or millets.
People with A positive blood group should not eat dairy products. They can eat lots of cereals, but must avoid non-vegetarian food, other than fish. Pulses are also to be avoided and the only dal they can have is moong. These people can have lots of fruits and vegetables. Generally, these people are thin, mentally active and have dry skin and dry hair. Such people also like to eat frequently.
People with B positive blood are usually large built and have soft skin and hair. They usually suffer from water retention problems and tend towards obesity. These people should avoid wheat and sweets. They can have gram, oats, potatoes and soya. The best source of nutrition for this group is soya and fish.
Of course, there are sub-groups also and Dr Sharma creates personalised plans for each client. Her monthly charges are Rs 2,200 for 10-14 sittings. Dr Sharma says, There is a very thin line between eating and eating the wrong foods.