What Is Your Body Type?
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What Is Your Body Type?

Understanding the type of body you have helps you know how to take care of it and maintain it.


There is a reason why you do not look exactly like your siblings physically. It is the same reason that no matter what you do and the degree to which you do it to, you will never have the type of body some people have, except you have plastic surgery, of course.

While looking at your body in the mirror, what exactly do you see? Do you notice that you are leaner than your siblings, wider than your best friend or lean yet muscular, as opposed to your neighbour?

There are three body types, each with different characteristics. So, your body type determines how you lose or gain weight, as well as your eating habits. The three different body types are: ectomorph, endomorph, and mesomorph.

1. Ectomorph

If your body is similar to that of a marathon runner, then you are an ectomorph. Ectomorphs are usually long and lean, with a delicate frame, find it difficult to build put on weight, be it fat or muscle, no matter what you eat. This is because the ectomorphs have fast metabolisms, so their body burns its excesses before it has time to store.

As an ectomorph, if you are trying to gain some weight, be it muscle or fat, try focusing on compound movements i.e. movements that target multiple groups at a time, instead of isolated movements.

This way, you would end up using more muscle groups in one exercise. This doesn’t mean you should completely bypass isolated movements form your workouts. However, the compound movements should be your focus. As ectomorphs find it difficult to keep excess calories, it is best for them to use additional supplements, such as protein shakes in tandem with a balanced diet.

2. Mesomorph

This is the middle of the body types. They are often lean and muscular simultaneously, with well-defined muscles. Mesomorphs find it easier to build muscle and lose fat than the other body types. As a mesomorph, all the effort you have to put in is moderate. You have to balance weight lifting and cardio to get or maintain your desired look. As a mesomorph, your food plan should include equal amounts of protein and fat, with moderate carbs and like the others, you should focus on complex carbs also.

3. Endomorph

Endomorphs are the complete opposite of the ectomorph. They are stocky in build, have a wider body that stores calories, both muscle and fat in their midsection. Out of the three body types, they have the strength advantage, as they have more muscle although it is usually accompanied by fat. This is due to their slow metabolism which makes it difficult for them to burn the excess calories.

To help ramp up the body into losing fat, it is advised for endomorphs to practice intense aerobic exercises by focusing on training that keeps burning fat after the workout is done, such as HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

All of their bodies should be included in the workout instead of focusing on one area in order to see results. Endomorphs need to have a firmer grip on the calories consumed, compared to other body types. They should avoid simple carbs, like white bread, and eat more complex ones that keep them fuller for longer.

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