There are millions of articles, training programs, supplements and diets in existence. You could find one article telling you to do one thing. Then 1 minute later, you’ll find an article telling you to do something else. Even on my website, there will be ideas that other places disagree with and that is ok. The point is that you need to find what works best for you. NO matter how many people swear by a product or routine, it might not be the best for you. And that is 100% the truth. Today, I will be going over how to figure out your body type and how that can help shape your diet/workout routine.
I vaguely mentioned this topic in week 3 of my weight loss journal, which can be found here. I defined myself as an endomorph. Endomorphs can gain muscle and fat very easily, but struggle when it comes to losing fat. Also, they have a slow metabolism and a softer body than the other 2 types. This type will want to put more of an emphasis on cardio and calorie intake.
Below, I will go over the three body types (ectomorph, mesomorph & endomorph).
Ectomorphs are usually very skinny individuals, who you would usually see in fashion magazines.
- Fragile, delicate built bodies
- Fast metabolism
- Difficulty gaining weight/muscles
- Small shoulders
- Long arms & legs
- Low muscle mass
- “Skinny Fat” individuals included in this category
Ectomorphs biggest struggle comes from gaining weight due to their fast metabolism. They will need to eat a lot of calories to offset their metabolism. For the workouts, they need to keep it short & intense. Longer workouts will lead to more calories being burned, which would be counterproductive if they want to build muscles. Ectomorphs can also eat before bed to help prevent muscle breakdown throughout the night. A benefit for this group is that whenever they need to lose weight, it is usually very easy.
- Naturally lean and muscular
- Efficient metabolism
- Women: hourglass figure
- Men: V or rectangular shape
Mesomorphs don’t usually have to worry about what they eat. They can gain muscle and lose weight very easily. For this body type, people usually respond best to weight training. The 1 downside is that they gain fat more easily than ectomorphs. Think of Janet Jackson for example. Her weight fluctuates a lot, but whenever she needs to get to a target weight number, it is no problem for her.
Endomorphs usually have a round and soft body whose characteristics are opposite from ectomorphs.
- Smooth, round body
- Slow metabolism
- Can gain muscle and fat very easily
- Struggles getting rid of fat
- Women: “pear shaped” body
- Men: “stocky build”
I will break down the endomorphs for both females and males separately.
Male endomorphs can gain a lot of weight easily. The problem is that most of that weight is fat, not muscle. So they will need to focus their efforts on what they eat. Also, they will need to have a combination both of weight training and cardio for their workout routine as oppose to ectomorphs who only need to worry about strength training.
The interesting thing about female endomorphs is that it is totally opposite from a male endomorph. Women in this group tend to be “full-figured.” As in they have large round breast and curves in the right places. For example, you can think of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and Shakira. It is a weird paradox. They are toned and fit while being soft, alluring and sensuous.
These characteristics are not 100% accurate as many individuals find themselves sharing traits from 2 different types (e.g. ectomorph/mesomorph & mesomorph/endomorph).
One Last Point:
No matter what your body type is, you can shape your body into whatever you want. A short overweight individual can always change their body into a ripped physique. It will take a lot of work, but it is not impossible.
What is your body type? If you have any questions or more advice hit me up.