Are you ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph?
Although every body is unique, understanding which body type you are will help you on your fitness journey. Knowing that you’ll never be a size 2 will give you more realistic weightloss goals, which will prevent you from being disappointed and giving up. Moreover, you can tailor your eating and exercise habits according to your body type. This will help you reach your health and fitness goals more quickly and adequately.Here are the three basic body types: Ectomorphs, Mesomorphs and Endomorphs. Which one are you? Click To Tweet
If you are an ectomorph, you have a thin build with long, lean muscles. You have a high metabolism, and it’s hard for you to gain fat and muscle. Since your metabolism is already high, you can lift light weights with high reps to build muscle on your lean frame. You can also eat higher amounts of healthy carbs.
Famous ectomorphs would be Cameron Diaz and Audrey Hepburn
If you are a mesomorph, you have broad shoulders, a slim waist and a rounder shape body than ectomorphs. You are also naturally athletic, but staying thin takes effort. You do great in team sports and bootcamp aerobic classes. You should eat more lean proteins than carbohydrates.
Famous mesomorphs would be Pink (the singer) and Halle Berry
If you are an endomorph, you have large bone structure, thicker waist and a curvier shape with more body fat than mesomorphs. You are naturally strong, but staying slim can be a challenge. You will do great at keeping up the cardio (cycling, swimming, jogging, etc.) to boost your metabolism. Also, eating a low carb diet with healthy fats and lean proteins will help you shed body fat.
Famous endomorphs would be Beyonce and Kate Winslet
I know that, personally, I am a mesomorph. I have broad shoulders, so I never know if I should get a size small or medium shirt. I do eat carbs, but they are usually healthy, unprocessed carbs, and I normally eat them early in the morning. By evening, I stick with lean meats and veggies. I like to do high intensity workouts, like bootcamp type aerobics, along with light weight training.
Knowing my body type helps me to understand that I’ll never be a size 2, and I can’t eat as many carbs as some of my willowy framed friends. But I am confident in how God made me, and I try to be a good steward of my health and fitness by maintaining healthy habits for life.
You can read more about your body type and how to eat and exercise according to your weightloss and health goals in my book, Fearlessly Fit. I have also written an at home workout program, Fearlessly Fit at Home, that combines cardio calisthenics and dumbbell weightlifting.