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Confusion over type leads to failure
on July 3, 2002
After trying the Zone diet and finding that it worked up to a point,I turned to the Body Type diet to break off a plateau. I found it did not work.
Supposedly, I am a T-type, but I found that the more I read about the other types, P and A--I could have been typed as one of those too! I was certain of only one thing--I was not a G-type. First of all, the pictures depicting the types are simply awful, giving generalized physical traits that again I could say typified me. Yes, I did take the test which investigates your cravings, your fat gaining patterns and your overall outlook, but even on these issues, over the years, after adhering to so many different dieting philosophies I have found that my cravings have changed as my nutrition education increased. Quite frankly, I could not remember what I "craved" twenty years ago! After childbearing, I could not remember where I gained my fat prior to the monumental hormonal event of pregnancy!
In spite of my confusion, I did try the T-type diet, thinking that since this type was the type allotted me after taking the test, I should at least try it. I found that after practising the Zone, where I was eating more fresh vegetables and fruit, this diet added grain which ADDED weight rather than eliminated it. The induction portion of this diet where one eats mainly the type-specific vegetable soup did not inch me off my plateau either. Bottom line was I either did not type myself accurately or the diet just didn't work for me.
This particular edition of the book contains updated exercise information which while interesting I also found confusing. Supposedly, T-types should do stretching and relaxing exercises, but common sense tells us that a little weight training and aerobics certainly is beneficial for all! Where, other than in Dr. A's experience and practice, is his exercise---or for that matter, his entire--- theory proved?
As with any of the other fad diets, this diet has its newletter, website and expensive supplements specifically designed to benefit each type. There seems to be many happy converts to this dieting system--sadly,I was not one of them.