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In order to understand your weight loss potential and design a weight loss routine, it’s important to understand your somatotype, or what type of body composition you have.
The three somatotypes are: ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. It’s important to understand that while the three somatotypes are for both males and females, women have more fat than men naturally. Women have a greater amount of essential fat.
There are three somatotypes, and each has its own characteristics to help you identify which you have. Once you know, you can adjust your diet and training routine to reach your fitness goals, lose weight, and increase muscle mass. In this article, we’ll be discussing the three body types, and what exercises and nutritional guidelines to follow to reach your fitness goals.
Characteristics of an Ectomorph
Ectomorphs tend to have thin bodies and long limbs. They have a lean frame and are not muscular. It’s possible for those with this body type to have a low weight but high body fat, also known as “skinny fat.” Ectomorphs are more resistant to weight gain than the other body types on this list because they generally have a fast metabolism.
Typically, these folks are able to eat more without gaining weight. They have very little observable body fat and muscle. They typically have a small frame and joints. The genetic makeup of this body type limits an ectomorph’s ability to build muscle and put on muscle mass.
The Ectomorph Workout
When it comes to building muscle, it’s important for those with this body composition to focus on power and resistance training. It may be beneficial to try compound movements to use more muscle groups in a single exercise.
The Ectomorph Diet
Ectomorphs should eat quality fats with moderate protein intake and carbohydrates. In fact, this body type can get away with eating more carbs than the other two body types on this list. However, this doesn’t mean that ectomorphs can eat whatever they want without it affecting heart health.
Characteristics of a Mesomorph
Mesomorphs are the body type between ectomorph and endomorph. They easily build muscle and are typically proportionally built when it comes to their body composition. Typically, mesomorphs find it easy to both lose and gain weight. They can build muscle quickly and have an upright posture.
This body composition is known for having a long torso and short limbs. Women who are mesomorphs are usually athletic and strong. Both males and females with this body type excel in sports known for power and speed because of their muscles.
The reason that mesomorphs build muscle quickly is that they have a higher percentage of fast-twitch fibers. The genetic makeup of this body type suits both power and strength.
The Mesomorph Workout
When it comes to training, it’s important that mesomorphs focus on moderate endurance training, high-intensity interval training, and plyometrics. They can also benefit from pilates.
As a mesomorph, you do not have to include heavy weights to get results because you are already able to build muscle and lose fat easily. However, you can still lift moderately.
The Mesomorph Diet
Mesomorphs should eat quality fats and moderate carbs. You may want to consider equal parts protein and fat. Complex carbs will give your body energy and keep your sustainably healthy.
Characteristics of an Endomorph
- Stocky frame and wider body
- Stores muscle and fat in the lower body
- Slow metabolism
Endomorphs are typically softer and rounder than the other body types. They tend to store fat more easily. Endomorphs naturally have curvy, fuller figures and have a difficult time controlling their body fat. Simply put, endomorphs tend to gain weight much more quickly than the other two body types.
Endomorphs have slower metabolisms that can be unforgiving. However, this does not mean that they are always overweight or obese. Endomorphs can make conscious decisions to eat right and exercise regularly.
The Endomorph Workout
Endomorphs bodies may not automatically tell them to get moving, so it’s important that those with this body type infuse running into their daily exercise routine.
Because their metabolisms will be slower than the other body types’, it’s important that endomorphs eat the right foods that will positively impact metabolism speed. When it comes to training, high-intensity exercises, weight training, and endurance training can ramp up metabolism and increase muscle mass. Endomorphs should focus on training their entire bodies and not focusing on just one area.
The Endomorph Diet
It’s important that endomorphs eat quality fats and protein. They should limit their carbohydrate intake to maximize their body composition effectively. They will also need to focus on controlling insulin and blood sugar.
Can You Be More Than One Body Type?
Everyone is different, so it’s possible that you won’t fit into just one of these body types. There really is no one-size-fits-all body composition. You can share characteristics from two types of body compositions. Knowing what traits you share is a great starting place so that you can determine which workouts will help you reach your fitness goals more effectively and sustainably.
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