Elyse Taylor has learned how to stay fit on the go. As one of Australia’s top models and a mother of one, time is not on her side. She talks about her health and fitness routine in a new interview, including the latest twist, the “blood-type diet.”
Diet regimes go in and out of style almost as fast as hemlines. Low carb, high fat, Paleo, Mediterranean or Atkins diets are all based on sketchy science and may not work the same for everyone.
But proponents of the blood-type diet claim that food intake can be tailored for individuals based on their blood.
Highlights of the Blood Type Diet
Type O blood: A high-protein diet heavy on lean meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and light on grains, beans, and dairy. D’Adamo also recommends various supplements to help with tummy troubles and other issues he says people with type O tend to have.
Type A blood: A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains — ideally, organic and fresh, because D’Adamo says people with type A blood have a sensitive immune system.
Type B blood: Avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Chicken is also problematic, D’Adamo says. He encourages eating green vegetables, eggs, certain meats, and low-fat dairy.
Type AB blood: Foods to focus on include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables. He says people with type AB blood tend to have low stomach acid. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoked or cured meats.
University of Copenhagen researchers explored the relationship between blood and diet, but their research was limited to monitoring different levels of blood sugar.
By testing for blood sugar levels, the researchers found that it helps doctors offer better and more targeted advice to patients who want to lose weight.
But the blood-type diet seems to go one step further.
Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician and founder of the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI), is the creator of the diet.
D’Adamo claims foods react chemically with your blood type. Therefore, a diet designed for your blood type will digest food more efficiently.
The benefits are the ability to lose weight, have more energy and prevent disease.
But does it really work?
One study found that adults eating the type A diet showed improved health markers, but everyone benefited the same, not just those with type A blood type. In 2013, a major review concluded that no evidence exists to support benefits of blood type diets, according to WebMD.
If followers lose weight at all, it’s likely because the diet is very restrictive on foods they can eat.
Even so, Taylor believes the Blood Type Diet is the secret to her good health and enviable figure, according to a new interview in news.com.au.
“I’ve been doing the blood type diet and I’m O. So I’m a meat eater, but no dairy. It’s amazing,” she told the news site.
Taylor uses an app to keep her on her diet. It tells her the best foods to eat. As a result, she says she’s sworn off avocado and coconut.
The 30-year-old model also sticks closely to her exercise regime, which she considers key to her health and fitness.
“I mean, there’s no secret. I go to the gym five days a week,” she said.
“I woke up at 2am this morning because I’m jet-lagged out of my mind and worked out. My hotel thinks I’m a sociopath, but you just find time,” she says.
The Australian-born star said she uses an app that tells her which vegetables are “better for you” and revealed that she is unable to eat avocado or coconut.
She also ensures she works out five days a week – even if that means exercising at unusual hours.
Swimming, running on a treadmill and floor work as her go-to exercises, but she also likes Pilates and boxing.
And, here’s another secret.
“I have coffee at 5am when I wake,” she told Women’s Health. Her breakfast usually includes green juice and a banana.
For lunch she always eats between noon and 1 p.m. Typically, she’ll eat chicken salad or egg whites and spinach. “Fish and greens” are her dinner of choice.
The willowy five-foot, nine-inch tall model has done runway work for such brands as Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, Trussardi, Betsey Johnson, Ellen Tracy and DKNY.
She launched her career at 18 and made a splash in the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.